Ministry of Railways15-September, 2004 13:30 IST
Bihar Chief Minister discusses rail projects in State

The Chief Minister of Bihar, Smt. Rabri Devi, called on the Union Minister of Railways, Shri Lalu Prasad here today and discussed the progress of railway projects in her state. The Chairman and Members of the Railway Board, who joined in the discussion, informed the Chief Minister that IRCON International Ltd., which has been entrusted with the task of building 38 Rail Over Bridges (ROBs) in her State, has completed the preliminary works. The work on these ROBs at a cost of more than Rs.200 crores would commence by October 2, 2004. The Chief Minister was also informed that the process for revival of two units of the Public Sector, Bharat Wagons Ltd. at Mokamah and Muzzafarpur has been set in motion with the allocation of Rs.33 crores by the Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises to this effect.

As for the proposed Rail Wheel Factory at Chhapra, already announced in the Railway Budget 2004-2005 on July 6, 2004, the RITES Ltd. has been entrusted with the task of preparing a detailed project report. The Chief Minister was informed that the work for the proposed Factory would commence soon.

In the area of introduction of new trains as announced in the current year’s Railway Budget, the Chief Minister was informed that Muzzafarpur-Lokmanya Tilak Terminal (Mumbai) Jansadharan Express would be introduced from October 2, 2004. Another Jansadharan Express between Hajipur and Ahmedabad would also be introduced the same day marking the Gandhi Jayanti.

The Chief Minister was presented with a booklet on the ongoing railway projects in Bihar by the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri R.K. Singh.

The Chief Minister requested the Railway Board to renovate the dilapidated railway stations in her State. The Chairman, Railway Board said that her request would be considered actively.

(Release ID :3856)