kaAmarsingh Pandit, MLC of NCP in the upper House of Maharashtra asked the state government to institute a special rail corporation for Marathwada on the lines of the Konkan Railway Corporation so that the state could raise funds to push pending railway routes in the backward Marathwada region. Discussion on rail issues started after Amarsingh Pandit (NCP) moved the non-governmental motion in the Upper House.
The state government on Friday admitted that the railway ministry had not sanctioned the new Pune-Nashik rail route. Transport Minister Diwakar Raote assured the House that he would arrange a meeting with Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu with all party members to push pending issues of the railways in the state. Mr Raote was replying to a non-governmental motion on pending railway route issues in the Marathwada region moved by Amarsingh Pandit of NCP in the upper House.
Mr Raote, in his reply, said that the state would consider Mr Pandit’s suggestion and informed the House that he had visited Delhi thrice to meet Mr Prabhu in this regard. “After pushing and continuous follow-up, Mr Prabhu has approved 12 projects in the state. However, the railway ministry has not approved the most awaited Pune-Nashik rail route,” the minister agreed.
Mr Raote further said that Konkan had connected with western Maharashtra through the new Karad-Chiplun line. “The railway ministry has approved the new line and we’ll arrange for laying the foundation stone for it very soon,” he said, adding that an outlay of Rs 1,200 crore had been allocated in the Railway budget for the same. He also informed the House about the status of Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli railway route, Solapur-Beed and other ongoing works of railway routes in the state.