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Posted on Feb 13, 10:54AM | UNI
Shimla, Feb 12 : Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has assured Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh full support in strengthening the railway network in Himachal Pradesh.
Stating this at New Delhi today, Chief Parliamentary Secretary
Rajesh Dharmani said the request of the State was considered sympathetically by the Union Railway Ministry and it has assured
to give adequate share of the state in developing Railways infrastructure.
It was pointed out that Himachal Pradesh shares its international boundary with China which has been expanding its railway network and strengthening its position.
Keeping this in view, the Chief Minister has requested the Central government for conversion of Pathankot-Jogindernagar narrow gauge rail-line into broad gauge and its expansion up to Leh via Mandi.
Mr Dharmani said that the Railway Ministry had seriously
viewed for reinforcing the same. Apart from this, the rail-link
would also attract tourists to the famous tourist destination
and would help in tourism promotion, he added.
He said the Chief Minister had strongly advocated for completion of the Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri rail line as per the decision taken in the meeting held in the Prime Minister's office on August 8, 2007 with the Centre sharing 75 per cent of the project cost and the remainder by the State Government.
He said the need to lay this broad gauge rail line was felt considering its economic and strategic importance.
He said the request put forth by the Chief Minister for early execution of Ghanauli-Baddi-Kalka and Chandigarh-Baddi rail line would give a fillip to industrial growth. He said the State Government had strongly urged for budgetary provisions
for early completion of these projects having national importance.
After coming up of railway network it would not only strengthen industrial sector in the State but would also provide
facilities to the farmers and horticulturalists for easy transportation of their produce.