MOSR reviews ongoing railway projects in Bihar

Patna (PNBE): Minister of state for railways (MoS) Manoj Sinha reviewed the ongoing projects in Bihar at a high-level meeting with East Central Railway (ECR) GM A K Mittal and other senior officials at Hajipur on Tuesday. He assured all possible help in getting the projects completed on time.

Sinha, who inspected the Munger rail-cum-road mega bridge on Monday, took stock of the ongoing projects of Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge, Munger rail bridge and a bridge on Kosi river in north Bihar. Mittal apprised Sinha of the progress of the three bridges and other projects in Bihar through PowerPoint presentation.

The ECR GM also informed Sinha about the ongoing work for doubling of tracks, broad gauge conversion and new lines at different places under the ECR. These projects are set to complete on time, Mittal said.

According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, the minister was also briefed about a few hiccups railways was facing in completing the projects. Sinha assured the ECR of all possible help in carrying the works.

The minister asked the GM to achieve the revenue target set for ECR in the rail budget 2015-2016 . ECR has already joined a club of zones achieving a record earning of Rs 10,000 crore per annum. ECR has also registered a record loading in goods segment. Sinha stressed on the need of maintaining punctuality of trains and safety of passengers in the zone.

Earlier, Sinha said railways has sanctioned adequate funds in the rail budget for the ongoing railway projects in Bihar. Though there is no resource crunch for Bihar projects, railways has sanctioned Rs 300 crore for Digha bridge, Rs 180 crore for Munger and Rs 25 crore for Kosi rail bridges. It also approved the proposal to construct a new rail bridge parallel to Rajendra bridge near Mokama at a cost of Rs 892 crore. It has already sanctioned Rs 20.42 crore to start work, Sinha said.

The minister also visited a heritage park of railways at Hajipur. Railway Board adviser R K Verma , director (innovation) Madhukar Sinha, ECR chief administrative officer L M Jha, Danapur DRM N K Gupta and several senior railway officials were present at the meeting.