Railway authorities will ask members of Parliament (MPs) to contribute funds from their local area development quota funds for development of railways related infrastructure in their concerned constituencies.
General Manager (GM) of Northern Railway (NR), AK Puthiya said in a press conference at Bathinda Railway Station after a routine checkup of Sri Ganga Nagar-Bathinda rail route on Thursday.
AK Puthiya along with NR chief commercial manager Mani Anand and Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Ambala Division, Dinesh Kumar visited the railway stations of Sri Ganga Nagar, Hindumalkot, Abohar, Malout, Gidderbaha, Balluana and Bathinda and checked about various issues at Railway stations.
Puthiya announced that railway would construct railway over bridges (ROB), railway under bridges (RUB) and subways at unmanned crossings on the routs. There are as many as 21 unmanned crossings on the route from Sri Ganga Nagar to Bathinda, which will be constructed in the coming times.
Puthiya said that the conditions of tracks were satisfactory in the section but platform sheds were not of sufficient length. The railways would send proposal to improve the length of platform sheds of railway stations.
Puthiya also talked about the pending project of installing escalators at Bathinda Railway Station that it would take more time to be completed. “The toughest task is to get approval of any project for railway, and after getting the approval, it definitely would be completed but, will take time.”
On doubling of RajpuraBathinda and Bathinda-Delhi rail tracks, Puthiya also said the same that the projects have been approved and have started, but will take about two years to be completed.
On Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) report about the complaints of corruption by railway officials, he said, ‘‘Railway is the largest department of union government and has more than 13 lakh employees working in it, so the number of complaints could be largest but the proportion as compared to other departments is less in railway. We are working on the complaints and taking actions against the accused people.”