With Union Railway Minister making it clear that the Centre has no immediate plans to initiate construction of the Rs. 550-crore rail coach factory at Kanjikode in Palakkad, the long anticipated project is now facing an imminent death.
M.B. Rajesh, MP, said the Minister, in a written reply, claimed Railways had adequate facilities to meet the coach requirements. The present facilities could meet the future demands as well, the Minister said.
Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain also told Mr. Rajesh that the Ministry did not foresee a coach shortage in the near future and establishing such a costly project would be a wastage of public money.
Though the previous budgets had nominal allocations for the project, the latest one doesn’t have a passive mention about it. Last year, there were plans to shift it from Kanjikode to Sonepat in Haryana. The 439 acres acquired by the government for the project six years ago has remained idle. Read More
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