A Tripura minister on Saturday expressed
concern that the Union Railway Budget did not include sanction
of funds for conversion of railway tracks from narrow gauge to
broad gauge in the state.
"We have sought clarification on plans of converting the
meter gauge railway lines into broad gauge since there is no
mention of the issue in the rail budget. We have asked the
railway minister for his intervention," Transport minister
Manik Dey told reporters here.
There was mention in the rail budget about broad gauge
conversion in the Lumding-Silchar sector in Assam, but it was
silent on the Agartala sector, he said.
"Earlier, the NF railway and the former rail minister
repeatedly assured us of conversion from narrow gauge to broad
gauge from Dharmanagar to Agartala along with Lumding-Silchar
route," Dey said.
The two MPs from Tripura, Jitendra Chowdhury and Shankar
Prasad Datta met Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda on
July 10 and took up the matter with him, he said, adding,
Gowda assured to look into the matter.
There was no word about extension of railway lines from
Agartala to Sabroom in south Tripura district and he had
written twice to Gowda since the rail budget was placed in
Parliament, the minister said.