Railway projects worth Rs 15,000 crore approved for Bihar:Lalu

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Motihari, Sep 25 (UNI) Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today reiterated that his Ministry was committed to executing several projects in various parts of the state and said the proposal for investment of Rs 15,000 crore had already been approved in this connection.

After flagging off Bapudham-Motihari-Manduvabih Express trains here at Motihari railway station, Mr Prasad said various projects of the Railways were pending in Bihar due to the "lackadaisical" approach of the Nitish Kumar government.

''Despite consistent efforts of the Railways, the NDA government has failed to acquire the land and transfer the same for various projects,'' he lamented.

Mr Prasad said the Digha-Patna railway-cum-road overbridge would be completed by 2009 and added that attempts were being made to complete the other projects within stipulated timeframe.

Taking pot-shot on the Nitish Kumar government, Mr Prasad said the NDA government was only engaged in mud-slinging and making tall announcements while the ground level situation continued to remain unchanged.

The fund, released by the Centre for execution of various development and welfare schemes, were not being utilised properly, he alleged.

Deploring the law and order situation in the state, he said incidents like dragging of a youth with a motorcycle in Bhagalpur and lynching of ten people at Rajapakkar in Vaishali were enough indications that there was "anarchy-like" situation in Bihar.

UNI

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