MP for Kurukshetra-Yamunanagar railway line

Kurukshetra -The Patiala-Kurukshetra and Kurukshetra-Yamunanagar rail lines, which have been mentioned in the 2011-2012 rail budget, should be included in 12th Five Year Plan. While stating this, MP Naveen Jindal demanded that funds should be made available for these rail lines.

Jindal said that he had already reminded Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal of the promise, which was made by his predecessor Mamata Banerjee. He said the Patiala – Kurukshetra and Kurukshetra—Yamunanagar lines were of vital importance and should be included in the 12th Five Year Plan.

He said the draft of the Patiala – Kurukshetra had already been forwarded to the Planning Commission for evaluation. Jindal demanded that the draft of Kurukshetra – Yamunanagar line should be sent to the Planning Commission immediately. The former Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that Kurukshetra would be getting a modern station but no work had been done in this direction following the announcement.

Jindal said every year lakhs of people visit Kurukshetra during the solar eclipse and other religious occasions, therefore, all important trains should halt at Kurukshetra. Lifts, escalators should be provided keeping in mind the needs of elderly , women and children.

Taking in view the dense population around Kurukshetra-Narwana rail line, Jindal has asked that the line be moved away from the populated region. Moreover, there are three railway-level crossings surrounding the old Thanesar city in Kurukshetra that routinely witness traffic jams. In accordance with the NHAI’s amended guidelines of 1989, the work for moving the line away from the populated area was allotted to the Railways Land Development Authority. Jindal said if the rail line was shifted, the vacated old land could be used for commercial purpose and the revenue generated from it could be used for developing the new line.

He also recommended that hooters be installed at unmanned railway crossings to avoid accidents and casualties due to the sudden passage of trains.