Pratima raises Railway connectivity issues in Parliament


Newly elected member of the Parliament from West Tripura Parliamentary constituency Pratima Bhowmik on Wednesday raised the issue of electrification of railway routes in the North Eastern states— specifically in Tripura and sought to know the status of under-progress railway projects in the region, in the parliament today.

In her questions, she wanted to know the factors impending the projects running under railways and invited advises from the Railway Minister to resolve them. She also met Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and handed two separate letters seeking establishment of separate Railway Recruitment Board and office of inspector General of Railway Protection Force in Tripura.

Replying to Bhowmik, the Railway Minister informed the house that there were altogether 20 railway projects in progress including 14 new lines and 6 doubling projects in the North Eastern region. Total length of the projects was 1,783 Km in total which cost Rs 68,401 Crore and already Rs 17,685 crore had been spent. The total length of the railways that was commissioned till March 2019, was calculated 353 Km. Moreover, some new projects were also included in the budget which was subject requisite government approval, according to the written statement of Railway Minister.  

On electrification, the Railway Minister informed that though there was no electrified Railway route in the North East yet, regular meetings were being held with officials of state government and concerned authorities to resolve the pending issues. The target had been already set to complete electrification of railway lines of North Eastern Regions within 20-21. In his reply, the Railway Minister also sought to suggest the state government to act in a time-effective manner to ensure speed up the process of land acquisition and other relative factors.

After the parliament session, MP Pratima Bhowmik met Union Minister Railways Piyush Goyal and handed over two letters seeking setting up Railway Recruitment Board and separate office of Inspector General Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Tripura. The Railway Minister also learnt to have assured Pratima Bhowmik with all possible help from the part of Railway Ministry. Meanwhile, in a press statement, BJP state committee hailed the approach of Pratima Bhowmik and stated that due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s positive vision, state’s connectivity was improved manifold.