Will Wayanad finally have railway connectivity? Proposal for Koyilandy-Mysuru route rekindles hopes

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Kozhikode: The Indian Railways is reportedly contemplating a proposal for the Koyilandy-Mysuru route, which rekindles hopes for railway connectivity to Wayanad.

As per the proposal, the route passes through Kalpetta to Kadakola near Mysuru. The rail line will cover areas like Perambra, Mullankunnu, Valook, Niravilpuzha, Tharuvana, Kalpetta, Meenangadi, Pulpally, Krishnarajapuram, HD Kote, Hampapura and Bidaragodu.

Earlier, some rail projects connecting north Kerala to Mysuru were dropped due to environmental challenges. However, reports claimed the proposed route would have limited effect on wildlife sanctuaries in the stretch.

To avoid ecosystem deterioration, a 20 kilometre tunnel is proposed between Pulpally and Krishnarajapuram, said reports.

The proposal will only be productive if Karnataka is on board with it. Karnataka had rejected two proposals of Kerala earlier.

If the plan is actualised, the Kozhikode-Mysuru travel distance will be reduced by almost 230 km. It will improve state’s connectivity with Bengaluru as well.

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