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May 31, 2008


Centre's nod for a network of rail projects in Punjab
Badal calls on Lalu Yadav

Chandigarh May 31, 2008

Centre today gave its nod for upgrading railway infrastructure in Punjab through a chain of new tracks, construction of old and new over and under-bridges and improving railways communication network.

An assurance to this effect was given to the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal when he called on the Minister for Railways Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi this afternoon. The centre gave its nod in principle to a number of projects which Mr. Badal termed as "new rail transport sub-arteries in Punjab".

Chief Minister's Media Advisor Harcharan Bains said in Chandigarh that Mr. Badal specially sought Mr. Yadav's personal intervention for an early clearance of the proposal for the construction of 18 new railway bridges in different districts of the state to reduce the traffic congestion and ensure smooth movement of the vehicular traffic, specially at the crossings.

The Chief Minister also requested the Union Minister to exempt the state from haulage charges on the running of the proposed luxury-cum-heritage train for the initial five years. He also ought easing up of some other conditions on the prestigious project. He also urged Mr. Yadav for the up gradation of railway station of Jalandhar and Ludhiana as per international standard, said Mr. Bains.

The Chief Minister also focused on the raising and re-modeling of 17 culverts railway bridges in the 4 districts of Muktsar, Ferozepur, Bathinda and Faridkot. He said that the cattle crossing gate at village Biring Khera in block Lambi of Distirct Muktsar needed to be converted into a manned crossing railway gate. The State would deposit the requisite funds for this purpose, Bains said.

The Chief Minister sought central clearance for the railway over bridge on Gidderbaha on Bhatinda-Hanumangarh line, and the laying of a new railway line from Rama Mandi to Mour Mandi in district Bhatinda. The necessary survey for this project had already been conducted by the Ministry of Railways.

Bains said that the Union Railways Minister agreed with Mr. Badal that since Punjab was a border state, and it deserved more wholesome and elaborate railway network not only to bring prosperity to the state but also boost also strengthen logistic support for the armed forces. The prospects of agriculture and industry in the state would also be positively impacted by such improvements in the railways infrastructure, Mr. Badal told Mr. Yadav.

The Railways Minister assured Mr. Badal that all the issues raised by him relating to the up gradation of railway infrastructure in terms of the construction of new railway over and under bridge, railway stations and railway lines would be addressed within a specific time-frame.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Secretary PWD Mr. Karan Avtar Singh special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Punjab Mr. K.J.S. Cheema, Principal Resident Commission, New Delhi Ms. Anjuly Chib Duggal. The Member Traffic, Member Engineering of Railway Board and Secretary Railways Government of India were also present in meeting.



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