Factory to manufacture spare parts of LHB coaches to come up in Yadgir
Yadgir (YG): The Railway Ministry has proposed to establish an administrative office in Gulbarga city to augment the Solapur division of the Central Railway and provide Rs.5 crore for the purpose in the supplementary budget presented by Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge recently.
Mr.Kharge was noncommittal on whether or not setting up the administrative office of the Railways in Gulbarga city was the first step towards conceding the longstanding demand for establishing the divisional headquarters.
The total cost of establishing the administrative office here was estimated at Rs. 25 crore.
Mr. Kharge said there was also a proposal to set up a factory in Yadgir for manufacturing spare parts of Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coaches at cost of Rs. 750 crore. A sum of Rs. 75 crore had been earmarked for the purpose in the supplementary budget, he said.
At present, the LHB coaches are being manufactured at rail coach factories in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, Kapurthala in Punjab and Perambur in Tamil Nadu.
The Yadgir factory would take care of the spare parts requirements of the coaches, he said, and added that at a later stage this factory could be upgraded into a rail coach building factory.
A proposal to convert the Byappanahalli Railway Station into a junction and a terminal had also been included in the supplementary budget, the Minister said, and added that the aim was to reduce the burden on the Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur stations.
Funds have also been earmarked for constructing railway overbridges on the Gulbarga–Afzalpur State highway on the outskirts of Gulbarga city and in Chitapur and Wadi.
He said land for the spare parts manufacturing unit in Yadgir and the administrative office building in Gulbarga should be given free of cost by the State government. The construction expenditure would be fully borne by the Railways, he said.
On the controversy over the proposal to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in railway projects which has been returned by the Commerce Ministry stating that it had discrepancies and clauses that were not acceptable to investors, Mr. Kharge said banks and companies intending to invest in railway projects had demanded that the entire infrastructure be handed over to them after the completion of the work and that they would collect fares and tariff directly. This was not agreeable to the Railways, he added.
“We are exploring a public-private participation model for taking up projects such as laying new railway lines. Under it, there could be separate tariff with additional toll charges to recover the investment made in the project … the additional charges levied on passengers would be mentioned in the tickets.”
On the demand by three MPs for a fresh survey for a railway line between Nilambur in Kerala and Nanjangud in Karnataka passing through the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu which would reduce the travelling distance between Kanyakumari and New Delhi by 450 km, Mr. Kharge said instructions had been issued to prepare proposals for taking up a fresh survey on whether or not the project was economically viable.
- Factory to manufacture spare parts of LHB coaches to come up in Yadgir
- Byappanahalli station to be converted into a junction and a terminal