Himachal seeks budget for railway track survey

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 11:55 hrs

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday requested the union Railways ministry to provide adequate budget for early completion of survey on Ghanauli-Baddi-Kala Amb-Paonta Sahib-Dehradun broad gauge railway line and all other railway lines announcement of which was made in the railway budget.

According to reports, Himachal Pradesh govt and top railway officials will meet on Saturday in New Delhi to discuss the modalities about the execution of various Railways projects in the state.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Secy S Roy and Railways board chairman Arunendra Kumar will lead their respective sides to discuss the strengthening of rail network in the state and expedite the Railways projects being commissioned in the state.

Virbhadra Singh offered to bear the 25 percent of the total cost of the Bilaspur - Bhanupalli - Beri broad gauge railway line and also offered free govt land on the Railways alignments.

Singh also offered to share the construction cost of new railway line connecting Baddi keeping in view of the upcoming industrial and commercial complexes in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh areas.

He requested Railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge to provide adequate budgetary provision for timely completion of Nangal-Talwara broad gauge railway line and said that so far only 44 km railway track has been constructed on this line from Nangal to Amb-Andorra during during the last 33 years.

He asserted that out of total 83.74 kms Railways track around 62 km track falls in the state of Himachal Pradesh and requested the union railways ministry to fix a time limit for construction of this railway line.

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