Remove devoted freight hall bottlenecks: Railway Minister to states

New Delhi, August 29

From land acquisition, pending arbitrations and calls for of villagers to sluggish work by state authorities, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has flagged points, which have hampered work on the Rs 81,000 crore devoted freight hall, within the letters to 9 Chief Ministers urging them to intervene and in addition telling them that the Prime Minister was “monitoring the project closely”.

Following issues raised by the PMO, Goyal in letters to the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, West Bengal, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Jharkhand highlighted how the devoted freight hall has been going through “long-pending issues” which have remained “unresolved”.

The two devoted freight corridors that are presently beneath building – the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) from Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal – had December 2021 as their completion date which has now been pushed again by six months to June 2022, in keeping with a press release from the Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav, who stated that the delay was due to the disruption of labor because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Goyal has specifically sought the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s private intervention in resolving the bottlenecks in his state as over 1,000 km of the DFC passes by it.

“The Prime Minister has been monitoring the progress of the undertaking intently. Over 1,000 km size of DFC passes by the state of Uttar Pradesh… However, sure points referring to land acquisition and ROB building nonetheless persist, which must be resolved urgently for guaranteeing commissioning of the undertaking work inside focused time,” Goyal talked about in his letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.  

“You may kindly appreciate that bottlenecks, even in a few stretches in this type of liner project, will stall the commissioning of the entire project,” Goyal added.

He has listed a slew of issues going through the Railways – pending highway over bridges (ROB), hindrances in bodily possession of land in areas like Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur amongst others as a result of agitation, arbitration circumstances, demand for compensation and jobs by villagers, undue demand of lease hire by the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and protests by villages over constructing of ROB in Mirzapur district.

In the letters, Goyal has listed all the problems that have been being confronted by the Railways in particular areas within the states. In West Bengal and Jharkhand, the Minister has raised problems with delay in disbursal of awards, arbitration and mutation.

“Out of complete size of 1,839 km of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, 203 km (Gomoh-Dankuni) is passing by the state of West Bengal and more likely to appeal to main funding being deliberate beneath the PPP mannequin. The foremost criterion for initiating bidding for this undertaking is to amass not less than 90 per cent land with mutation. As such, success of this undertaking in your state relies upon upon early availability of land,” Goyal wrote in his letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“However, delay in disbursal of awards, pending arbitration, mutations and hindrances in possession of land and many others. in varied districts has adversely affected undertaking work… You will recognize that elimination of those hindrances are important to make sure graduation of undertaking work,” he added.

In his letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Goyal stated that the state was a serious beneficiary of the undertaking, as 236 km of Eastern DFC was passing by the districts of Gaya, Aurangabad, Kaimur and Rohtas and more likely to appeal to main funding within the state.

He stated that land acquisition in sure stretches was held up for lengthy as a result of delay in disbursal of awards, pending arbitration, mutations and hindrances in possession of land which “adversely affected the project work”.

The Minister has highlighted two main points in nearly all of the states – land acquisition and delay by the native governments in constructing land approaches and highway over bridges (ROB).

In his letter to the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Goyal highlighted how out of the full of 1,504 km of the WDFC, 565 km is within the state.

Out of the 60 ROBs that have been to be constructed, 32 have been to be constructed by the state, nevertheless, solely 2 have been constructed and the progress of the opposite 20 are gradual.

Land acquisition for the approaches for 46 out of the 60 ROBs are additionally pending, he stated.

Similarly in states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Punjab, delay in land acquisition for ROBs by the state governments have delayed the undertaking.

Railways may even maintain a evaluate assembly with state authorities officers of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra on September 1.

The DFCCIL has been tasked with growing Indian Railways’ quadrilateral, linking the 4 metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Howrah, generally often called the Golden Quadrilateral. The general price is pegged at Rs 81,459 crore.      

In the primary part, the organisation is establishing the Western DFC (1,504 route km) and Eastern DFC (1,856 route km) spanning a complete size of three,360 km. These corridors have been focused to be accomplished in phases by December 2021. The DFCCIL had accomplished a complete of 500 km until January. PTI

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