Road closed for unmanned railway crossing; villagers angry

Mysuru, September 14:- Residents of Kodi Narasipura in Nanjangud taluk are objecting to the South Western Railway’s (SWR) move to close the main road to build unmanned railway crossing.

Chamarajanagar-Mysuru railway line goes across this small village with 50 Dalit families. Villagers are upset by the railway decision to close the main road with immediate effect. They warned of intense protests if the main road is closed. They said that the villagers will have to travel 3 km more instead of 0.7 km to reach Chamarajanagar if the main road is closed.

The village has only lower primary school. Students have to go to Mahadeva Nagar for further studies. Closure of the main road will also affect farming. Kantharaj, Swamy, K M Ramu of the village warned of boycotting the Lok Sabha elections if the main road is closed.

“Due to the negligence of the officials of SWR, the village has not been sanctioned railway gate. The officials have prepared three railway gates where no vehicles go,” one of the villagers said.

According to SWR survey, Mahila Vidyapeetha Gate has a commute of 264 vehicles, Golur Gate has 48 vehicles. Whereas the village main road which does not have a gate has 2,742 vehicles. Villagers have asked the SWR to set up gates instead of closing the main road. (MR/KS).

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