Ranchi: South Eastern Railway GM S N Agrawal today called upon Chief Minister Raghubar Das who asked the railways to increase passenger amenities in the state.
He also asked the GM to complete building work of all rail over bridges at the earliest besides increasing train frequency on some routes and introducing new trains. The MP of Jamshedpur Vidyut Varan Mahato was also present during the meeting.
The CM said that Namkum-Kandra, Giridih-Parasnath-Madhuban and Tori-Chatra rail projects should be started. Ranchi-Rajdhani and Ranchi-Mumbai should be run daily and the Jalianwala Bagh Express should be run five days a week via Lucknow and Dehradun. He also asked the railways to provide pantry cars in long distance trains.
The GM and other railway officials said that out of the 11 ROB projects, 10 have been approved and work has been started on five of them. The Birsa Chowk ROB will be completed by July-August this year. ROB at Jugsalai will be started very soon. Survey of Namkum-Kandra has been submitted to the board and Giridih-Parasnath and Chandil –Muri-Barkakana have also been surveyed, the officials told the CM.
During the meeting, the MP raised the issues of four road construction projects announced by the CM last year during a programme in Sonari. The MP said the detailed project report (DPR) of the four roads was ready, but the administrative approval was yet to be given.
The roads include the roads from Tata to Madhopur via Bota chowk in Patamada and Bodam, from Kharangajhar Chowk in Telco to Chandni Chowk on the National Highway 33 via Ghorabandha and Luabasa, from Dhanchatani to Govindpur, from Barabanki to West Bengal border via Beko and Kudlung and from Dumaria Dak Bungalow Chowk to Lailam Valley in Bahalda near Odisha border via Kumrasol, Bakulchanda and Kowali.
In a recent meeting with the MP, the CM had assured him of prompt administrative action and said that he was sending the proposal for technical approval after which the final nod to the said projects will be given.
The CM also said that a budgetary provision would be made in the next budget to spend Rs 200 crore for road construction projects in Jamshedpur Lok Sabha.
Among others present on the occasion included Principal Secretary of Transport Department K. K. Soan and other senior officers of the state.