Bihar Agriculture Minister oppose commercial exploitation of surplus Railway lands

पटना Patna (PNBE): Bihar’s Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh has hit out at the Centre for its decision of providing railway land to private business firms for commercial use.

Singh, the minister in charge of Bhagalpur district, lambasted the Union government’s decision during his visit to the silk town last night.

He also threatened to organise mass movement across the country against the Centre’s decision to lease out surplus railway land to corporate houses and business establishments for opening hotels and other commercial uses.

“The railways have surplus land from what was acquired from farmers for extension of several projects. In many places in the country, the railways have started utilising these surplus plots for new tracks to meet the demand for more passenger and goods trains. Many more passenger-friendly facilities should be started,” he said.

He said according to a railways provision, if the railway failed to utilise the land for its own projects, it had to return the surplus plots to the farmers. “If the government does not rectify its stand, a massive movement would be launched across the country,” he added.

Moving over to other issues such as the BJP’s criticism of the report card released by chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Singh lashed out at his party’s former ally. He said: “BJP wale sisha ka chasma pahan rakha hai, is liye unhey kuch nahi dekhai deta hain. Unko power wala chasma pehanna chahiye, tab unhe aspas mein vikash dekhai dega (The BJP leaders cannot see anything as they have spectacles made of simple glass on. They should get proper spectacles with which they can see the development).”