- Aug 3, 2004Earlier plans of laying rail tracks `better'
Tribune News Service
Solan, August 3
Even as the Union Railways Minister, Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav, has
announced a survey for laying a new railway track between Parwanoo
and Darlaghat in the railway Budget not much enthusiasm is seen in
the railway officials for the proposal. While asserting the need for
laying a new rail track from Baddi to Chandigarh, the officials
opined it could, besides fetching the much-needed revenue facilitate
the industrialists investing in Baddi-Barotiwala after the
announcement of the new industrial policy.
The state has received very little since independence as far as
railway expansion is concerned. While a mere 18-km rail track was
laid between Nangal to Una some time back another stretch of 18-20
km track laid further up to Talerala is the only other development
in this direction. This track is part of a 75 km rail track to be
laid between Una and Talwara, which is yet to be completed.
An earlier proposal of the Railways to lay a broad- gauge track at a
stretch of about 5-7 km between Kamli and Kalka extension stations
could not materialise despite laying of a foundation stone by the
then Union Railways Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, in 1999. This is
despite the fact that a budgetary provision of Rs 40 crore had been
made for it. It was later found that the proposal would merely save
the Parwanoo-based industrialists their octroi duty at the state's
Investors and railway officials are of the unanimous opinion that an
earlier survey carried out to lay a rail track from Bhanupalli near
Anandpur Sahib through Bilaspur to Rampur Bushair covering about 180
km will prove more beneficial. The survey was conducted by the Chief
Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, during his earlier tenure.
Another proposal to link the industrial town of Baddi to Chandigarh
while reducing its distance by as many as 20 km to facilitate the
industrialists was also mooted some time back. It is learnt that a
railway land located on the Bharatgarh-Nalagarh road which was
earlier used to carry stones can be put to use in case this proposal
is considered. While linking Baddi to Nalagarh as well as to
Bilaspur, the earlier proposal can also fetch the railways a
handsome profit with industrial growth in the region. The fact that
an LPG filling plant existed at Baddi, the new track can prove
profitable for the Railways.
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>