Rail coach factory set to become a reality in Kerala

TRIVANDRUM — A jumbo railway team led by Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Monday gave the green signal to several long-standing projects in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2011, 11:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:53 AM

The team cleared the eagerly-awaited rail coach factory at Kanjikode in Palghat district after discussions with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues, Members of Parliament and senior officials here.

Trivedi told the reporters after the marathon meeting that the foundation stone for the factory will be laid on October 22, for which 430 acres of land was handed over to the railways by the state government last year. The Rajya Rani Express from Nilambur to Trivandrum will be flagged off the next day.

The federal team has also agreed to consider the high speed railway corridor proposed by the government from Trivandrum to Kasargod besides speeding up the implementation of the ongoing doubling and electrification of the lines. The electrification of Trivandrum-Kanyakumari line will be completed by December 31.

The team, which included Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, Chairman of Railway Board Vinay Mittal, Financial Commissioner Pompa Babbar, board members A P Mishra, Kulbhushan, and Sanjiv Handa and General Manager of Southern Railway Deepak Krishnan, also gave clearance to wagon manufacturing unit at Cherthala in Aleppey district. The technical committee of the railways has been asked to submit their report by October 15 to go ahead with the project. The railways expressed practical difficulties in fulfilling the state government demand for a separate railway zone in the state.

However, the minister agreed to appoint a chief administrative officer as nodal officer in Kerala to ensure the time-bound implementation of projects. The state government also agreed to set up coordination committee under the chief secretary to coordinate the activities of various agencies for the timely completion of the projects.

The chief minister said he was happy that all the projects, which will have a big economic impact on the state, have been cleared. He said that the government will continue its efforts for further development of railways in the state.

Trivedi had agreed to come down to the state after the CM and the MPs met him to discuss the need for more railway facilities and services in the state.


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