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Electrification of Rohtak-Bathinda-Lehra line begins

Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has accused the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of making false announcements as most of these remained on paper.

punjab Updated: Apr 26, 2015 15:12 IST
Neeraj Mohan
Neeraj Mohan
Hindustan Times
Rohtak,railway station,women empowerment

Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has accused the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of making false announcements as most of these remained on paper.

Prabhu, who was here on Saturday to inaugurate the electrification of the 252km Rohtak-Bathinda-Lehra Mohabbat rail line costing Rs 294 crore, said: "The previous government made many announcements and they could win a gold medal for this, but it did nothing on the ground to implement the same."

"The UPA government's poor vision to bring investment in the railways has affected the services. But I want to tell you that we have decided to bring investment of Rs 8.5 lakh crore in the railways. We will bring it out of the crises and provide better services to the people," said the railway minister.

He said the ministry was planning to take electrification of rail lines from 750 km to 2,000 km per year. He said the ministry was working on several projects for Haryana, including the proposed rail coach factory to provide jobs to the youth.

"I am thankful to the people of Haryana as they have given me an opportunity to go Parliament. The people of the state have a special right on me and I will ensure that all demands put forward by the chief minister, including railway bypass or underpass in Rohtak city, and rail links from Haridwar to Bhiwani, Jind to Rohtak, Fatehabad to Mansa, Hisar-Sirsa, Firozepur Jhirka to Alwar, Karnal to Yamunanagar and Yamunanagar to Chandigarh, are taken care of."

He said the ministry in collaboration with the Haryana government would set up a company for railway projects in the state and general manager of northern railway will hold monthly meetings with the state officials to improve rail services in Haryana.

He said the railway stations of Rohtak and Gurgaon would be upgraded and more religious trains would be introduced.

Promises development of CM's village

Prabhu assured his support for the development of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar's native village Nidana. The minister who reached Nidana which he has been adopted under the Sansad Adrash Gram Yojana, said NABARAD in collaboration with the village panchayat would prepare a development plan for Nidana. He said focus would be on providing basic facilities and education to the people by spending money from his MPLAD funds.

Don't run after politicians: CM

Addressing a gathering at a government school in Nidana village, the CM appealed the people to shun the habit of running after politicians and jointly work for the development of the village.

"The railway minister has adopted the village on my request, but I want you to promise that you all will contribute to the development of the village," said Khattar. "Leave the bad habits of playing cards, fighting with each other and teach good habits to your children to make it an adrash village," the CM added.

Criticising politicians of the state for dividing people on caste lines, the CM said the country was above the caste and community. "If you want a good job, you have to give good education to your children and we are working to improve the standard of education in government schools," he added.

Focus on women's education

The male members of the village were happy with the announcements of the railway minister, but a woman was not satisfied as she said: "You should have announced some projects for women empowerment in the village."

"Most of the girls of our village cannot continue their study due to dearth of educational institutes in our area. The minister should announce institutes that will impart job-oriented training to girls," said Anita, a woman from Nidana village.

She said the village is facing acute water crisis and women have to travel a kilometre to fetch water. She said efforts should be made to improve the lives of women in rural areas.

First Published: Apr 25, 2015 22:06 IST