Lok Sabha MPs meet WR officials to review progress of projects

MUMBAI: Eight Maharashtra Lok Sabha MPs Monday participated in Western Railway’s divisional committee meeting to take stock of projects currently underway.

A senior official said that MPs Arvind Sawant, Gajanan Kirtikar, Gopal Shetty, A T Nana Patil, Nathubhai Patel, Rahul Shewale, Rajan Vichare, and Rajendra Gavit took part in the meeting organized by WR General Manager A K Gupta.

“The MPs reviewed projects taken up in the last four years and expressed concerns over the inordinate delay in the completion of projects. They gave suggestions to increase the speed of work. They asked WR to initiate works on development of stations,” the official said.

When contacted, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said that he was not happy with the railways which he claimed: “lacked will power”. “Even those works which were started from my MP fund have not been completed. What can I say about other projects? I raised several passenger-friendly issues with WR and railway board but most of them were not heard. There is complete lack of willpower,” Sawant said.

A railway official said that 88-foot overbridges (FOBs) had been constructed since May 2014, including three built by the Army, while work on 159 others was underway.

He was quoting figures from a booklet “Railway’s Development in Maharashtra (2014 to Present)” published by the railways.

The WR official said that several passenger amenities were being put in place and claimed that there was no paucity of funds with the railway ministry.