A Rasta roko was done by KRV today on NH4 as part of their campaign to put pressure on the railway minster so as to speed up the process of laying new railway lines connecting to Belgaum and also demanding of a new trains to the city and district.
The existing railway track was laid by the British, the existing railway track does not cover major talukas nor does it effectively connect Belgaum with other commercial hubs like Hubli, Dharwad & Kolhpaur. In the past there have been many reports and in principal approval of the Belgaum- Kittur track but nothing major has happened.
Demand for Railway infrastructure in Belgaum District:
Kolhapur-Nippani-Sankesawar-Belgaum-Kittur(Bailhongal)- Dharwad track. Which will reduce a lot of time from the existing track and boost movement of people & commodities between Kolhapur, Belgaum and Dharwad..
Saundatti attracts lot of pilgrimage tourists from South Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & North Karntaka. This whole belt has many sugar factories and movement of sugar and other agri-produce would be cheaper with a railway track.
2.Raibag-Mudhol-Bagalkot track, which again intersects through the sugar belts.
3.Dharwad-Saundatt-Ramdurg-Bagalkot which will help have a closed rail circuit in Belgaum-Kolhapur-Dharwad-Bagalkot Districts and rapid movement of people and agri produce.
4.Belgaum – Sawantwadi Route.
1.New intercity train from Belgaum to Bangalore
2.Garib rath and passenger trains from Belgaum to Bangalore
Goodshed to be shifted to Sambra railway station.