Bangalore (SBC): Union Railway Minister M Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday said that the Railways may go with the single line near Srirangapatna if no contractors are willing to participate in the tenders floated to shift Tipu’s armoury in one piece to lay the second line. “Railways may abandon its line doubling plan near Srirangapatna railway station if no contractor comes forward to shift Tipu’s armoury” he said in reply to a query on the progress of the work on armoury shifting. “However, the rest of the line between Bangalore and Mysore will be doubled,” he added.
On the sidelines of a function organised to dedicate two international awards received by Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) to the Railways, Kharge told reporters, “Like in a few other places, we will run the trains across the Cauvery in the single line. We will do the line doubling work on either side of the Cauvery.”
As the terms of the tenders which were floated to shift to the armoury were inimical to the interests of the contractors, the contractors chose not to participate in the tenders. The Railways has already constructed the second bridge across the Cauvery for laying the second line at a cost of around `50 crore. It has been making incessant efforts to shift the armoury for the last five years.
When asked about the proposed strike by the railway employees, Kharge said, “We have made efforts to meet some of their demands and it is nearly impossible to meet all their demands at one go. I am confident that they are wise enough to call off their strike in the interests of the railways”.
Kharge also said that efforts will be made to fill the vacant posts at the earliest and there will be no compromise on the safety of the Railways.
Madrid-based Business Initiative Directions has bestowed the International Star for Quality Award on Rail Wheel Factory.
Awards to RWF
He congratulated RWF for receiving the International Star for Quality Award in platinum category from Business Initiative Directions, Madrid, Spain, and the Golden Peacock Award under special commendation for sustainability from the Institute of Directors, New Delhi. He announced a cash award of Rs. 10 lakh to RWF from the Railway Board and distributed mementos to employees.