In a letter to Railways Minister PK Bansal, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar requested approval for 11 new railway projects for the state.
He informed the minister that the state government has already conveyed its willingness to provide land free of cost and share the cost of construction of the projects on a 50:50 basis.
These projects include Tumkur-Kunigal-Maddur; Tiptur-Dudda; Gadag-Mundaragi-Harapanhalli; Mangalore-Gulbarga (via Hassan-Arasikere-Chitradurga-Hospet-Bellary-Raichur); Almatti-Koppala (via Kudala Sangama); Almatti-Yadgiri (via Muddebihal-Shorapura); Bijapur-Athani (via Shedbal); Bangalore-Mangalore doubling (via Arasikere); Bangalore-Sirdi (via Tumkur-Davanagere-Hubli-Bagalkot-Bijapur); Bangalore-Mangalore (day train via Mysore) and Raichur-Bagalkot.
It may be noted that the state government has the policy of cost sharing of Railway projects with the Railways Ministry. Gadag-Wadi new Railway line was announced during the 2012-13 Railway Budget.
Shettar also made a proposal to transfer Mangalore zone from Southern Railway to South Western Railway and Gulbarga zone from South Central Railway to South Western Railway.