Railways

Former minister seeks funds for stalled rail projects

VADODARA: Former Minister of State for Railways Naranbhai Rathwa has urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to allocate adequate funds for completion of two stalled rail projects on the Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh route, in 2017-18 Union Budget.

In a letter to the FM, the former minister apprised that the two projects run between Chhotaudepur in Gujarat to Dhar in Madhya Pradesh, and between Dahod and Indore, reports PTI.

He said the works on both the projects had began after necessary approvals and sanctioning when he was was MoS for Railways in the UPA regime at the Centre.

“The two rail projects were estimated to cost Rs 12.86 billion. While the 200-km-long Dahod-Indore via Jhabua line was to cost Rs 6.78 billion, the 152-km-long Chhotaudepur-Dhar line was expected to cost Rs 6.08 billion. Both projects were to be completed in six years after former PM Manmohan Singh laid down its foundation in 2008,” the letter said.

“Till today their work is proceeding on snail pace due to financial crunch. Both these rail lines linking Gujarat with Madhya Pradesh would benefit tribals, bring prosperity and would change the face of the tribal-dominated districts of Dhar and Jhabua in MP and Chhotaudepur of Gujarat bordering MP,” Rathwa said.

“I have written finance minister and the PM in this regard and also requested them to expedite other rail projects as well which are of national importance from religious and tourist point of view,” Rathwa told PTI.

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