New Delhi, Dec 3: A delegation of CPI(M) MPs, led by party Lok Sabha leader Basudeb Acharia along with their Tripura counterparts called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed over a nine point charter of demands for the development of the state.
During the meeting, the MPs reminded Dr Singh that Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had met him earlier with the request for extension of railway line from Agartala to Sabroom, expeditious four laning of NH-44 from Churabari to Sabroom and for early implementation of the Monarchuk and Palatana Power projects.
The MPs also explained the problems faced because of poor connectivity and inadequate infrastructure. Other than the extension of the railway line upto Sabroom and four laning of NH-44, the MPs, on behalf of the people of the State, demanded the Centre to declare the road from Kukital to Sabroom as a National Highway and also immediately start operations at Kamalpur and Kailashahar Airports.
The Prime Minister said he was well aware of the problems being faced by Tripura and other NE states and the difficult economic conditions of the people. Dr Singh said the government had already approved the four laning of NH-44 from Churabari to Sabroom and the improvement of the road from Kukital to Sabroom. He assured that he would have the other demands looked into and try to have them fulfilled.
The charter of demand was signed by 6.5 lakh persons on behalf of 26 Mass Organisations in Tripura.