Ranchi: Chief minister Raghubar Das has requested the Union Government to open railway zonal headquarter in Jharkhand.
Das attended the inter-State development council meet held at Patna on Friday. Addressing the meet Raghubar Das observed that the eastern region States are facing common problems such as poverty, illiteracy, insufficient basic infrastructure, flood, drought and natural disasters.
On Jharkhand the CM said that Jharkhand is a land-locked State, and therefore there is a greater need of better road connectivity within and outside of the State. He stressed on the need of widening of national highways passing through Jharkhand and construction of new road connectivity.
He said that 62 percent land has been acquired for NH 75. The national highways are serving as important gateways to Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. The NH 23 is also providing an important link to Orissa Port. Renovation of the road ought to be done in such a manner that it links the backward regions of Jharkhand.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das also put forth his suggestions on setting up milk production centres at Ranchi, Bokaro and Jamshedpur, food processing centres, land records on 49 Maujas at Sahebganj, and royalties on coal.
The CM on the occasion said that 21 projects had been chalked out in 2012 to boost road connectivity in Naxalite infested regions of Jharkhand.
While the government has already taken up some projects, DPRs have been prepared for the rest 11 projects. Drawing attention of the council Das said that construction of a new bridge on Ganga will open connectivity to Bihar and the north east.
While putting up the demand of railway headquarters the CM stressed the need of early completion of Ranchi-Lohardaga-Tori, Koderma-Tilayia, Koderma-Giridih, Dumka-Rampurhat and Deoghar-Dumka railway projects. He urged the railways for an extension of the said projects stating the Jharkhand Government has already intimated the Ministry of Railways for signing an MOU on extension of railway link projects.
Das said that no response was received from the railway authority on the projects linking Godda-Pirpainti railway line and Hansdiha-Jasidih rail link though the State Government agreed to bear half of the projects’ costs.
The CM informed that Jharkhand Government has not received official information for setting up IIITs aimed at strengthening IT sector. The government has already earmarked 50 acres of land for the purpose. The State Government has accepted the proposal of Ministry of Information and Technology (GoI) for setting up E-Governance Academy at Ranchi for which land has been earmarked, he said.
Raghubar Das also intimated the council that public sector units including CCL, BCCL, and ECL do not routinely provide data to the State Government on e-auction and sale of coal. It has hampered realization of revenues, he said. Issues of revenue loss are also pending with the railways.
Das observed that untenanted land with small vegetation has also been earmarked as forest land which has created a crisis on availability of land for setting up industries.
The CM stressed on greater coordination among Police, excise, and narcotics bureau to stem drug trafficking. He further said that the member states should coordinate among themselves for disaster management. Help from Union Government is also needed for this.
The disaster management team of the Centre should work in tandem with the State disaster management groups. He said that lightning and other natural disasters should also be included in the list of disasters.
The CM also raised the issue of floods caused by release of waters from Dams situated at Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh during the monsoon.
The concerned states should provide prior information to Jharkhand before releasing waters so that steps could be taken against loss of life and property.
National Water Authority and department of water resources should help the member states on sharing of river water, he added.