Oct 30, 2012

Adhir Chowdhury watch on rail projects

KOLKATA: If Deepa Das Munshi wasted no time in getting down to business on her first day in office, it was no different for Adhir Chowdhury.

The newly appointed minister of state for railways said after his first full day in office he would seek a detailed report on the status and feasibility of various railway projects in Bengal announced when the ministry was held by the Trinamool Congress. "Announcing projects and making adequate financial allocations for them are two different things. We need to understand the status of these projects before finalizing time-frames for taking them forward," Adhir told TOI from New Delhi.

Among the four metro projects in the city, fund allocations for Joka-BBD Bag, New Garia-Airport, Dum Dum-Barrackpore (via Dakshineshwar) and Dum Dum-Barasat (via Airport) have been made. But there are question marks on railway projects in Jellingham and Kanchrapara, Dankuni and the proposed coach factory in Singur.

Chowdhury, however, sought to clarify that political rivalries would in no way affect the status of the Bengal projects. "The railway projects in Bengal are my priority, too. But the status of these and their resource mobilization are completely unknown."

Source - Times of India

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