Patiala MP meets Union railway minister over poor rail connectivity

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2014 20:31 IST

After Patiala constituency failed to get any mention in the last railway budget, member of Parliament from Patiala, Dharamvira Gandhi, took up the region's demands again with Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu, on Friday.

Trying to fulfil the promises made during the assembly elections, Gandhi highlighted the issues of poor railway connectivity in the Malwa region.

During his last meeting with then railway minister Sadananda Gowda, Gandhi was assured that the demands of his constituency would be taken into consideration but when the Modi government came up with its first railway budget; Patiala did not find any mention.

Reiterating his demand of starting a Shatabdi via Patiala, Gandhi apprised the minister of the need for a Patiala-Chandigarh rail link for the convenience of residents of the Malwa region.

"Despite repeated attempts, the authorities have failed to take serious note of laying the 30-km rail link between Rajpura and Chandigarh. This stretch was first surveyed in 1979 and then in 1994 but due to the personal interests of transport companies mainly owned by politicians, the project failed to take off," the AAP leader said.

Gandhi emphasised that it was the only route that connected Bathinda with other districts and many would benefit from the Rajpura-Chandigarh route as trains already served the Bathinda-Rajpura route.

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