Rly minister happy with pace of projects in state

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said the Centre had allocated Rs 2,196 crore in 2016-17 for the on-going railway projects in Karnataka.

Speaking to media here on Saturday, Prabhu said the pace of commissioning of broad gauge lines had increased to 7.8 km per day in 2016 as against an average of 4.3 km per day in 2014. The government will increase this to about 13 km per day in 2017-18 and 19 km per day in 2018-19, he added.

The minister expressed satisfaction over the pace at which the railway works were being carried out in Karnataka.

He said that a senior official has been appointed at the Railway Board to monitor the progress of works in the state. Ever since the NDA government came to power at the Centre, the budgetary allocation from railways to the state has gone up by 163 % compared to the UPA government, indicating the Centre’s commitment to improving the railway network in the state, he added.

The minister said that the implementation of projects will be expedited to check cost overrun, since several projects were being implemented under cost-sharing basis with the state government.

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