CR to surrender Rs.20 crore passenger amenities fund

Mumbai: In a setback, the Central Railway will have to surrender Rs 20 crore of its passenger amenity funds by March 31 as it was unable to initiate projects and tender-related works from the Rs 53 crore allotted to it during the year 2014-15.

Officials argued that the delay in utilisation of funds was due to slow tender approvals from Delhi. “The problem is that the work gets delayed; the tenders need to be approved from the Railway Board in Delhi and then if changes are to be made, there is additional delay in an already pending project,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

Officials also said that the Rs 20 crore would be added in the next passenger amenity budget, although the money would take another three to four months to arrive in the CR’s kitty. “The money is not gone forever, it will come back to us. But the fact is that that we are not able to utilise the fund when it is allotted to the concerned railway. We are hoping that the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will change this trend since he hails from Mumbai and knows what these delays mean on Mumbai suburban,” added the official who did not wish to be named.