Ministry of Railways (MoR), Govt. of India (GoI) has sought financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a major rail up-gradation project involving doubling of 4 single rail sections and electrification of one existing railway line totalling 1500 kms along saturated corridors in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Orissa.
The project aims to alleviate the capacity constraints of already saturated existing single lines which have considerable significance in bulk freight transport of various commodities. The project on its implementation would increase the physical infrastructure and increase the capacity and the operational efficiency of the existing tracks with introduction of modern signalling systems.
This executive summary pertains to the doubling of existing railway track between Hospet-Tenaighat (about 245.31 Km in length) which is part of Guntakul – Bellary - Hospet - Vasco-da-gama section of South Western Railway.
Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), a special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the Ministry of Railways (MoR) will be the executing agency for the implementation of this program.
The IEE study was carried out with the objective of i) establishing environmental baseline; (ii) identifying the key environmental issues; (iii) assessing magnitude of impacts and to provide requisite measures to avoid/mitigate/compensate them; (iv) integrating the environmental issues in the project planning and design stage and (v) developing appropriate management plans for implementing, monitoring and reporting of the environmental mitigation and enhancement measures.