Railway projects worth Rs 2000 cr come to a halt in Kerala
Palakkad: Union railway minister Piyush Goyal revealed that railway projects worth Rs 2000 crore have been interrupted in Kerala due to non-cooperation of the state government. He raised the criticism against Kerala government when MP VK Sreekandan approached him over development of Palakkad railway division.
The minister pointed out the government’s lapses in land acquisition and related procedures. He informed that he will write to the Chief Minister regarding the issue.
Interacting with the Palakkad MP, the union minister asked MPs in Kerala to hold talks with the state government on the issue.
MP VK Sreekandan told Mathrubhumi that he will seek the attention of the Chief Minister in the matter.
In the meeting with the Union Minister, MP VK Sreekandan raised the issues including Palakkad coach factory.
“The union minister promised that new train services will be started on Palakkad-Pollachi route. Pit line will be installed in Palakkad and Shoranur stations,” said MP Sreekandan.
Interacting with the minister Sreekandan proposed to start new trains on the stretch of Palakkad –Pollachi.
Railway has established broad gauge rail connectivity between Palakkad- Pollachi by spending Rs 450 cr in 2016.
“Starting new service on Palakkad-Pollachi route will help increase the goods traffic by connecting Mangalore-Tuticorin ports. Palakkad-Pollachi route can be used to ease the transportation to pilgrim centres like Mookambika, Ervadi, Palani, Madurai and Rameswaram,” MP Sreekandan informed.