Amb (Una): For the timely completion of proposed railway projects in Himachal Pradesh, Union Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa has shifted the ball in the court of state's BJP government.

The Minister claimed to ensure the timely completion of proposed railway projects provided the state government agreed to shell out 50 percent of the total expenditure. The chasm between the UPA and BJP was clearly visible as Muniyappa raised the demand before the state government.

While inaugurating the Amb-Andaura Railway station, he said Nangal Dam-Talwada broad gauge will reach Daulatpur Chauk by December 2011. He added, a whopping Rs 111.50 crore has been spent on the construction of approximately 11 km rail line from Churudu to Amb Andaura.

“The survey for two major projects in the state has been completed. A proposal worth Rs 815 crore has been chalked out for the construction of 63- km long Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Bairi rail line and detailed budget report in this regard is being prepared,” the Minister added.

The bridge construction work on the first three kilometer of Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Bairi rail line is underway, whereas the Railway Board is preparing estimates for the construction of about 33 km long Chandigarh-Baddi rail line.

He pointed out that the Railway Ministry has announced to start 271 new trains in financial year 2011-12, out of which 60 have already been introduced on various routes. Accepting the request made by parliamentarian from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur, the Minister approved Rs 40 lakh for the construction of a shed at Amb Railway Station. He also announced to give prize of Rs 1 lakh each to the operation wing and construction wing of railway department.

(JPN/Bureau)