NEW DELHI, April 27 � The Railway Ministry on Friday came under sharp attack in the Parliament for the inordinate delays in execution of national projects including Bogibeel rail-cum-road Bridge in the North Eastern States suffering huge time and cost overruns.
The construction of the super structure of the bridge is now likely to be taken up and the Project is now targeted for completion by 2015. The construction of the bride has suffered a delay of 14 years, alleged Rajya Sabha MP, Biren Baishya participating in a Question Hour discussion this morning.
Responding to the MP, Minister of State for Railway, Bharatsinh Solanki the bridge structure is complete, the work of super-structure is in progress. The target for completion of the bridge is 2015.
�About new rail lines, I would inform that in 2010-11, ten surveys were carried out. There are ten national projects of which nine are new lines and one for gauge conversion�, disclosed Solanki.
When some of the agitated MPs stepped up attack, Railway Minister, Mukul Roy
intervened and assured that he would make a detail statement on the status of the railway projects in the North-east.
�I am coming soon with the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Railways. I will give an answer. I will come within three or four days,� Roy said.
Participating in the discussion, DR. MS Gill said Assam and the North Eastern States are farthest away from Delhi but they should not be farthest away from our hearts and concern. For security and other hundred reasons, bridges over the Brahmaputra are needed more and more and more.
�We may have one, or, maybe, two. We have taken 15 years to build it! With whatever railway lines they have, would the Minister assure us that Assam and that entire region will also get his full attention?
Solanki said there are national projects which are also taken up. About ten national projects are taken up for the North-Eastern Region, he added.
Earlier, Birendra Prasad Baishya said in 2010-11, the then Railway Minister, in her Budget Speech, announced that most of the Railway projects of the North-Eastern Region are national projects and all the projects of the North-Eastern Region will get very special attention from the Government of India.
Around 15 years back, a railway bridge was constructed on the River Brahmaputra, but one-fourth of the bridge is not yet completed. The Railway Ministry is going to make a Guinness Record in delaying the construction of the bridge,� he said.
The Railway Minister announced on the floor of the House that the funds for those projects will be generated in consultation with the DoNER Ministry and the North-Eastern Council. But, this was not reflected in the General Budget. It was also not reflected in the Budget of the DoNER Ministry,� stated Baishya.
�From where will this project get the money? Have the Railways Ministry consulted the DoNER Ministry or the North-Eastern Council,� he asked.
The North-Eastern Region consists of eight States and there is not a single coach factory, he added.