The state government asked its officials to coordinate with Railway ministry for time-bound implementation of projects announced by Rail minister. Lack of Co-ordination has delayed big-ticket projects like Kolar coach factory to new over-bridges.
The 53 km. a line between Whitefield-Kolar should have been completed by now. The government has not yet started the land acquisition process to start the project.
All the issues came to the front given by the railways to the concerned MPs from constituencies that fall in the Bengaluru division of the South Western Railway (SWR). Activists fear that the cost may escalate due to delays and which in turn result in the project shelving.
Tumkur MP, SP Muddahanumegowda, demanded the expedition of work on the Tumakuru-Rayadurga new line and other doubling works.
The meeting saw Bangalore Central parliamentarian P C Mohan lashing out at the state government for “delaying” the suburban rail project although the railways went the extra mile by agreeing to bear half of the cost. “Urban transport is a state subject and the railways has taken initiatives to introduce 26 local trains and agreed to increase its share in the project from 20% to 50%. But the state government is not showing any interest,” he said.
Railway officials said the MPs promised to meet Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to urge him to form a special purpose vehicle at the earliest. “The railways has already sanctioned the project. The state government is focused more on its survival than taking up works that benefit the people,” Mohan said.
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