Railway Ministry urged to end neglect of Telengana, North-east
New Delhi, Mar 18 (UNI) Rajya Sabha members today urged the Railway Ministry to increase its network in the North-east region and Andhra Pradesh and not to abolish the parcel train services in the interest of small scale industrial units.
Taking part in the discussion on the Railway Appropriation Bill, Mr Silvius Condpan of the Congress said doubling of the railway line at least up to Guwahati was a must as the region was very important from the economic and strategic point of view.
He also urged the Ministry to release the funds for projects on time, saying that the region suffers from flood for six months in a year, so if the money does not reach on time, it will remain unutilised and projects will suffer.
Complaining that the Telengana region in Andhra Pradesh has been neglected by the Railway Ministry since independence, Mr Alladi P Rajkumar of the TDP urged Railway Minister Lalu Prasad to construct a circular railway line in the region starting from Hyderabad and also to lay a triangular line covering the pilgrimage circuit of Tirupati, Hyderabad and Sirdi.
The three places are very important centres from religious point of view and draw a large number of pilgrims from all over India, but despite this there are not enough trains connecting these places, he said.
Mr Rajkumar also demanded introduction of Palace on Wheel type trains in the state, saying that it has a large number of people working in gulf countries who can afford to patronise the train.
Mr Santosh Bargodia of the Congress made a fervent plea to the Railway Minister not to withdraw parcel train services as they catered to small traders and entrepreneurs.
He said the present policy of lending only full rakes was in favour of only very big industrialists. There are not many units that can take full rake loads. In the absence of parcel trains, small units are being forced to transport their goods by road which was proving to be very uneconomical for them, said Mr Bargodia.
Earlier P G Narayanan of the AIADMK sought to draw the attention of the Ministry towards the need to cover more areas by the Railways in the state.
Mr Lekhraj Bachani of the BJP urged the Railway Ministry to pay attention to increasing the network of railway lines near ports.
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