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Pratap Simha meets CM Kumaraswamy; urges not to give permission to Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line

Bengaluru/Mysuru, July 10:- Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament (MP) Pratap Simha along with Chamaraja Constituency MLA L Nagendra on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy urging him not to give permission to the Thalassery-Mysuru railway line via South Kodagu District.

Simha who met Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru has urged him not to consider the demand for ‘Thalassery-Mysuru’ railway line in the interest of the state.

In his letter to the Chief Minister, Simha states that, “I represent Kodagu and Mysuru Districts in the Parliament, Kodagu is known for its undulating landscape, scenery and a nature’s treasure. Till today, there is no railway line connecting this small district but the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) has proposed Thalaserry-Mysuru railway line passing via South Kodagu that covers nearly 65 kms through the lush green forests. If the proposed railway line is approved it would lead to cutting down of 2 lakh trees which will eventually affect rainfall in the region and disturb the wildlife in Nagarahole Wildlife Sanctuary. This will also affect the water inflow from Cauvery River.”

“There is wide spread agitation in Karnataka for the proposed railway line from various organisations, NGOs and individuals. The elected representatives have also opposed the proposed railway line. Hence, we request you not to give permission from the state government to carry out the Thalassery-Mysuru railway line,” Simha has said in his letter.

Simha had recently opposed the move by the Kerala government which was preparing the DPR and technical bids for the proposed railway line.

Simha reiterated that the proposed railway line if given clearance would cause irreparable damage to the flora and fauna in Kodagu District. -Karthik K K

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