MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary meets GM/Northern Railway, discusses projects

JALANDHAR: Member of Parliament (MP) Santokh Singh Chaudhary today met General Manager (North), Indian Railways, TP Singh, and raked up various issues pertaining to his constituency, including railway overbridge (RoB) at the Chogitti-Ladhewali railway crossing and various projects under the Smart City project.

Expressing concern over the inconvenience caused to people due to the delay in the construction of ROBs at the Chogitti-Ladhewali railway crossing, Chaudhary demanded an immediate beginning of the works on these projects.

“The GM assured me beginning of the ROB in the current financial year,” Chaudhary said, revealing that the proposal for construction of the ROB has been accorded on the cost sharing basis, but could not have been initiated so far.

The MP said he also discussed the ROBs projects at Phillaur, Goraya and Dokoha railway crossings and the GM assured that he would discuss these with the Chief Secretary of Punjab and look into the issues soon.

Chaudhary said he also demanded extension of the Ludhiana Shatabdi up to Nakodar, Lohia and Shahkot of Jalandhar district, so that it could facilitate devotees, who would come for the celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, in November this year.

Chaudhary further demanded the halt of the proposed Super Fast Vande Bharat Express train (New Delhi to Katra) at Jalandhar, which is so far expected to have halts only at Ambala, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi. “A large number of devotees from my parliamentary constituency of Jalandhar visit the Vaishno Devi shrine every year. However, since the train would not have a stop at the Jalandhar Cantt station, residents of my constituency would not be able to avail the services of Vande Bharat Express,” the MP mentioned in the written submission to the GM (North).

The GM said he would discuss these issues at an appropriate level, so that they could be addressed at the earliest.

“I also discussed issues of projects pertaining to railways under the Smart City project, including much- needed second entry of the City railway station and installation of Smart elevators on the station,” Chaudhary said, adding that the GM had fixed a meeting of railway officials in the city for July 26, so that the project could be given a final shape.