The Belagavi- Dharwad Rail line via Kittur has made it to the Pink book of the Railways and 1000 only have been sanctioned for the same in the budget 2020-21.
The pink book in Railways consists of the various programs or projects that are undertaken or yet to be undertaken. It consists of detailed info on all the different zones of the Indian Railways.
Once the Rail Budget is passed, the ‘Pink Book’ becomes the authority to start preliminary works related to the project.
Expenditure on various heads of accounts on the projects was only allowed after the detailed estimate was sanctioned.
While we get carried away by the announcements, the actual intent of the ministry is known when you see the Pink Book.
Like in this case now the rail route has made it to the Pink book, which means the rail line will be made but when is not known and not surely in 2020-21.
Now the major hurdle will be land acquisition and after which the funds will be sanctioned for the same. Rs.99,83,000 is the estimated cost of the project.
But as a token Rs.1000 has been allocated so that it makes entry into the pink book.