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Discussing development: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa calling on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday.
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his delegation, who called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday, also met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.
The delegation sought, among other things, a National Security Guard (NSG) unit in Bangalore, special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region for its speedy development on the lines of the Telangana and Vidarbha regions and more funds for strengthening the coastal police network.
Mr. Chidambaram promised to consider the demands. Regarding the setting up of the NSG unit, he is said to have told the Chief Minister that though he would not rule out such unit in Bangalore, the process might take some more time.Train services
Mr. Yeddyurappa urged Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and urged her to run the special train 0685/0686 between Yeshwantapur and Shirdi, operated on Tuesdays, as a daily service, as more people from the State travel to Shirdi frequently.
The delegation, who called on Ms. Banerjee and Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, told them that Karnataka did not have good rail connectivity to most of the districts. There was an urgent need to provide train services to places hitherto not properly connected.
Mr. Yeddyurapa sought regularisation of 0785/0786 Hubli-Sholapur passenger train, which is operated as a special train.
He sought new train service in Bijapur-Mangalore route via. Gadag, Hubli, Arsikere and Hassan in view of huge public demand. Similarly, the Chief Minister wanted regularisation and speeding up of special train 0689/0690 between Yeshwantapur and Bijapur via. Hubli; restoration of trains cancelled due to gauge conversion work between Bangalore and Arsikere; and introduction a new train in Bijapur-Mysore route via. Gadag, Hubli and Hassan in view of completion of gauge conversion work.
Mr. Muniyappa told Mr. Yeddyurappa that he and railway officials would soon hold detailed discussions with the officials of the Karnataka Government in Bangalore on speeding up or taking up various railway projects in the State.
Mr. Yeddyurappa also met BJP president Rajnath Singh at his residence and discussed political situation in the State and the poll results in Karnataka.
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