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?Budget sanction is inadequate?

MAXI-GODHRA RAIL Lao Mahasamiti dubbed the allotment of Rs 19 crore for the Indore-Godhra rail project made in the Union railway budget as insufficient. Mahasamiti president Pawan Jain Gangwal criticised the allotment for the project as a peanut amount.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 16:27 IST

MAXI-GODHRA RAIL Lao Mahasamiti dubbed the allotment of Rs 19 crore for the Indore-Godhra rail project made in the Union railway budget as insufficient. Mahasamiti president Pawan Jain Gangwal criticised the allotment for the project as a peanut amount.

The project envisaged during the tenure of Railway Minister Madhavrao Scindia in 1990 was already moving at a snails pace and in the last 18 years the cost had increased from Rs 287 crore to Rs 946 crore. While, a new rail line has been laid from Maxi till Dewas, the remaining length between Indore to Dahod is pending.

Jain said that the railway line passing through the interior and tribal dominated regions of Gujarat and Malwa would usher in a new era of prosperity once train movement begins.

The operating function ability of this rail link would not only help stop the annual intra-migration of tribals in search of job but would also be providing a direct means of transport from the industrial area of Pithampur to the ports of Gujarat and Mumbai.

The Ministry of Defence on the recommendation of the Military Headquarters of War at Mhow had also advised construction of this rail link connecting Central India to Western India as vital to the defence interests of he country.

A delegation of the Mahasamiti led by MLA Rajyavardhan Singh Dattigaon recently called upon the HRD Minister Arjun Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Pachauri, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and former Chief Minister and AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh to intervene in this matter and ask the Prime Minister and Railway Ministry to allot Rs 200 crore for the project.

Interestingly, the Ministry used to grant Rs 15 crore each year but this year it only allotted Rs 10 crore, which is viewed by the Mahasamiti as a setback in their efforts to bring the rail project in their region.