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Give priority to locals in railway jobs: Maha CM

india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 22:31 IST
Give priority to locals in railway jobs: Maha CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday asked railway officials to give priority to locals in railway jobs.

"People staying in Maharashtra for more than 15 years should be given priority in jobs and railway officers should speak to the Centre regarding the issue," Chavan said at a meeting with Western and Central railway officials.

He also instructed the railway authorities to adhere to the suburban trains timetable and inform commuters in advance about any delays, in the backdrop of Western railway train disruption of about five hours last week.

Chavan suggested to start escalators at railway stations or footover bridge to avoid any accidents while crossing the tracks.

The chief minister reviewed the works going on at Sangli, Kolhapur, Nagpur and Marathwada region and asked the officials to complete them in time.

Rehabilitation of slums near railway tracks was also discussed at the meeting and Chavan said the railway authorities should rehabilitate pre-1995 slums on priority.

A presentation was also held about modernisation of railway stations and Kurla would be the pilot project. As a part of security, Rs 300 crore would be spent on 42 dog squads, CCTV cameras and other modern equipment.

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