HC Deb 13 May 1881 vol 261 cc407-8

asked the Secretary of State for India, Whether a line constructed entirely in British territory from the harbour of Kurwar to Hubli, the centre of the Dhurwar cotton districts, which a Committee appointed by the Government of Bombay recommended after long investigation, would not better secure the interests of the southern Mahratta Country than a line running to the same point, partly through foreign dominions from the Portuguese part of Mumozou?


Sir, this is almost a repetition of the Question recently put by the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy (Sir George Campbell), and I can only return a similar answer to that which I then gave—namely, that under all the circumstances of the case it was considered desirable to enter into the arrangement by which a line is to be taken from Marmagoa through Portuguese territory to Hubli, and that there is no reason to suppose that the interests of the Southern Mahratta Country would be better secured by the alternative line from Karwar to Hubli.