Earthwork and bridge works upto 34.8 km from Hubli end to Kiravatti completed.
Further work stopped as per directives of Central Empowered Committee (CEC) during 2006 due to environmental issues.
Govt. of Karnataka entrusted Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore to study the impact of this railway line project on flora and fauna of the western ghats and to quantify the impact on the environment and also suggest remedial/mitigation measures.IISc, Bangalore, has suggested certain mitigation measures in February 2012.
On 17.12.2013, CEC conducted a meeting at Vidhana Soudha with GoK, Railways and Forest officials and visited the project site on 18.12.2013 and meeting was held with the members of the Public and officials of State govt. on 19.12.2013 at Karwar.
CEC during Aug.2015 had not recommended the proposal and the case was referred to National Green Tribunal (NGT) in Dec.2015 for hearings. NGT in its orders passed during Feb.2016 disposed the application stating that appropriate proposal for diversion of land can be submitted to the State Govt. and State Govt. with the prior approval of MoEF would issue an appropriate order under Sec.2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. Fresh proposal is being filed by Railways for diversion of forest land.
Target : Cannot be indicated in view of pending clearance from Central Empowered Committee.