Yadgir (YG): Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge inspected the 150-acre site proposed for a railway coach factory at Saidapur village in Yadgir district along with officials of the Railway Technical and Economic Services on Sunday.
Kharge told reporters that the state government has been instructed to begin land acquisition. Rs.75 crore earmarked in the Railway Supplementary Budget for the land was approved during the winter session of Parliament, he added. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs.750 crore.
Kharge said details about the land to be sent by the district administration will be studied by the Railway Technical and Economic Services wing and placed before the Economic Advisor to the Planning Commission along with a detailed report of the proposal for the coach factory.
The proposal will then be placed before the planning commission, following which it will be discussed at the extended meeting of the Railway Board.
The Central government will extent all assistance to the Railways for setting up the coach factory that will bring industrial and economic development to the district, he said.
There are plans to build 250 coaches per year in the factory which will be commissioned in five years, Kharge added.
The Minister said he would take up many developmental projects within the next two months.
He cited the possible announcement of the general elections in March, bringing the model code of conduct into effect as the reason for his decision.
Kharge held discussions with Railway officials on the availability of water, electricity, approach road and other facilities in the project area.
Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil, Textiles and District Minister Baburao Chinchansur, Deputy Commissioner F R Jamadar and senior officials of Guntakal division were present on the occasion.
To a question, Mr. Kharge said once the State government hands over the land to the Railways, another team of railway officials would demarcate the land for constructing the factory and other infrastructure facilities. Later, the proposal would be placed before the Cabinet to get the final approval for starting the work, he said.
The Minister said construction would be taken up, in all probability, by February. A sum of Rs. 75 crore was earmarked in the supplementary budget of the Railways for the project whose total cost is Rs. 750 crore.
To a question, Mr. Kharge said the Railways had sanctioned one more pit line for the Gulbarga Railway Station and the work on it would begin soon. The work of on the first pit line, sanctioned a couple of months ago, was going on in full swing. Construction of the pit line would enable the Railways to take up maintenance and watering of coaches. It would also enable the Railways to originate and terminate trains in the Gulbarga station.
To another question, Mr. Kharge said his Ministry had sent the memorandum of understanding for the proposed rail coach factory in Kolar to the State government and once it was accepted, the proposal would be placed before the Cabinet and the economic affairs committee of the Cabinet. The estimated cost of the rail coach factory in Kolar was Rs. 1,100 crore.
The State government had agreed to share the cost of all major railway projects in Karnataka, he said.