Dr Gandhi meets CM over Rajpura-Chandigarh rail link

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Sep 04, 2014 20:38 IST

Member of Parliament from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi discussed development issues of his constituency with chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday.

Gandhi, who was accompanied by party leaders, also handed over a memorandum of their demands to Badal.
Saying that he had raised the issue of the Rajpura-Chandigarh rail link with union railway minister DV Sadananda Gowda two months ago, Dr Gandhi informed the CM that Gowda had told him that the project would be possible only if the state government provided land to lay the track.

"With the Rajpura-Chandigarh Road being accident-prone due to heavy traffic, the rail link will be a boon to the commuters," Dr Gandhi urged Badal.

He also highlighted that the rail link would help Malwa region's connectivity with Chandigarh and this, he said, would improve the prospects of employment, trade and travel between the districts of Punjab.
Gandhi also raised the issue Ghaggar river, which is infamously known as the 'river of sorrow' because flooding during monsoons.

"The government should devise a way to strengthen embankments to control floods," he said.

Dr Gandhi brought up the ongoing farmers' protest for ownership rights of reclaimed lands.

He also briefed the CM about filling vacant posts of doctors and other staff at the Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital, non-availability of potable water and garbage treatment plants in Patiala, setting up of a fire station at Nabha and the poor condition of roads.

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