Center to consult States on protecting railways from Maoists

"A comprehensive plan will be undertaken in consultation with the state governments to protect the railways which the Maoists hold as soft-target," Muniyappa told reporters here. To end this, Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram had convenced a meeting of chief ministers of Maoist-hit states in New Delhi on July 14, he said.

While referring to inordinate delay in implementation of various rail projects in Bihar, he said the state government should come forward for cost-sharing of the delayed projects like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand.

Muniyappa said an electric locoshed would be set up at Barauni for which Rs fifty crore would be spent. The Railways, he said, had planned to spend Rs 790 crore for laying 86 km new rail line, broadgauge conversion in 28 kms and doubling of rail line on 72 kms during the current fiscal under the East Central Railway.

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