Representational image | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Sultan Bathery: Railway ministry has decided to ready the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and conduct the final location for the Nilambur-Nanjangud rail line. The ministry has allocated Rs 5.9 crore for this and the order was issued on May 9.
Interestingly, the move gives fresh hope for railway transportation in Wayanad district.
In fact, from 1888, even Britishers tried to pursue the project in the line. The project has been in the limelight since 2017. However, it failed to gain momentum. Many protested against laxity. But state government had more interest in alternative routes like the Thalassery-Mysuru stretch.
If the Nilambur-Nanjangud rail line comes into reality, then the travel duration to Mysuru and Bengaluru will reduce significantly.
The line goes through Nilambur-Vellarimala-Meppadi-Kalpetta-Meenangadi-Sultan Bathery-Valluvadi-Chikkaberagi-Nanjangud.
Earlier, some rail projects connecting north Kerala to Mysuru were dropped due to environmental challenges.