Southern Railway organise meeting with MPs from Kerala – discusses Rail issues in State

Thiruvananthapuram: The work on the Palakkad Rail Coach factory will commence once the railway finds a private partner, Southern Railway GM Rakesh Misra said here on Friday.

After a meeting with the members of Parliament from the state, to discuss the issues regarding railway development in the state, Misra said a tender had been floated inviting private players to join hands with the railways for implementing the project.

Misra said the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation will submit the detailed project report on setting up the suburban train service corridor in December. A master plan for the development of Ernakulam railway station is being prepared by the railways, he said.

The General Manager said more than land acquisition, unavailability of sand was hindering the railway developmental activities in the state.

Meanwhile, many MPs cutting across party lines said the timing of the meeting was not proper as most of the MPs had various standing committee meetings in New Delhi on Friday.

“The agenda notes were given to us only in the morning of the meeting day. Also, the action taken report on the issues raised during last year’s meeting was not given,” MP A Sampath said. The projects that have been declared have to be implemented before taking up something new. This meeting is just a mockery, Sampath said.

MP K N Balagopal raised the issue of the poor quality of food being supplied in trains and brought to notice the recent incidents of food poisoning in long-distance trains from the state.

MPs M K Raghavan, E T Muhammed Basheer, P K Biju, C P Narayanan, K P Dhanapalan, P T Thomas, M I Shanawas, Peethambara Kurup, MP representing Kanyakumari constituency Helen Davidson and Union ministers Shashi Tharoor and K C Venugopal, also attended the meeting.

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