NEW DELHI October 1 : The Ministry of Railways today gave in -principle clearance to the Punjab Government for the construction of new railway line between Patti (on Amritsar-Khemkaran line) and Mallanwalan (on Jalandhar-Ferozepore line), Rama Mandi to Maur in Bhatinda district, construction of approach road for new rail road bridge at Makhu on Jalandhar-Ferozepore railway section through railway land and shifting of narrow gauge rail line station from Pathankot to Chakki(Mammun).
An assurance to this effect was given by Union Railways Minister Mr.Lalu Prasad Yadav to the Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal when the later called on him in his office at Rail Bhawan.
Mr.Yadav assured the Chief Minister that all these projects would be implemented shortly subject to technical approval by the Railway Board and said he would personally intervene in the matter to seek its early clearance. He also assured Mr. Badal that the pending issues relating to raising of submerged railway bridges/culverts in the districts of Ferozepur, Muktsar, Bathinda and Faridkot in the South-Western region of the State and the construction of a span over the railway tracks of an ROB at Domoria near Railway Station, Jalandhar by Indian Railways in place of local Municipal Corporation would be soon looked into sympathetically.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr.Badal urged the Union Railways Minister to extend the facility of placing two additional racks, one in the morning around 6am and another around 3 pm in evening at Wagha Border so that the goods could be off loaded in time. At present the Railway authorities place the rack load at night time only when the labour was not available because the labour Union refused to work after 6.00pm. The Chief Minister informed Mr.Yadav that Punjab through Wagha Border, Amritsar had emerged gateway for the import and export of products.
Especially Cement, Red Chillies, Rock Salt, Fresh Vegetables, Dry Fruits, Yarns, Cotton bales etc and of late this is catching up as a preferred destination by the users.
The Chief Minister also impressed upon Mr.Yadav to allow the Punjab Sewerage Board to lay sewerage under the railway track bridge No 43 at site 24 /10-11 on Rajpura –Bhatinda line. The State Government had already conveyed its consent to the Ministry of Railways to deposit Rs.4.75 crore for laying 12mm diameter of sewer under the railway track. He also asked Mr.Yadav to include Sri Bhaini Sahib as Railway Station in the Ludhinan-Chandigarh Rail link proposal by the Ministry of Railway.
Mr.Yadav reiterated that the Ministry of Railways would soon clear all the pending proposals of the state government and issue instructions to the authorities of Ministry of Railways to sort out the pending issues in consultation with the officers of the Punjab Government so that they could be amicably decided once for all.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Special Principal Secretary Mr. KJS Cheema and Principal Resident commissioner Punjab Bhawan Mrs.Anjuly Chib Duggal