Opposition parties on Tuesday slammed the Railways in the Lok Sabha, alleging that it had failed to implement schemes announced in Parliament, check accidents and delays in projects.
Lalji Tandon (BJP) highlighted several faults in the services of the Railways and said no assessment is made about the implementation of announcements made in Parliament.
Participating in a discussion on Supplementary Demands for Grants (Railways), he said many schemes are not implemented at all and suggested time-frame on all announcements to ensure their implementation.
"Over the last 10 years, several announcements have been made but there is no assessment as to what happened to them," he said, adding if promises made in Parliament are not implemented, there should be punishment.
He faulted Railway services in terms of timing, cleanliness and provision of proper and clean food and said there is no mechanism to assess whether the announcements made in Parliament have been implemented or not.
Citing the example of 'Duranto' train announced for Lucknow in July, Tandon said an impression had been created that it would be a non-stop train. However, it turned out that "duplicate" Lucknow Mail had been converted into Duranto.
He also raised questions over implementation of programmes under 5-year plans, wondering whether any effort is made to assess if the targets are met.