PREVIOUS HOUR

3n/4.00/vk

SHRI P.R. RAJAN (CONTD): Sir, there is no adequate budgetary support, even in this Appropriation Bill, to support and to execute the expansion of those areas. If the Government can spend Rs. 60,000 crores for construction of Expressways, then, why can't it spend, at least, Rs. 25,000 crores for these much-needed projects? If the hilly and backward areas are not linked with the rail network, then those areas would remain as such forever. That is a fact. Sir, the public sector industries and railways, according to the statistics available, are making profits. Government's decision not to increase the charge on tickets is highly appreciable as these days the entire financial burden is put on the public. But I feel the Indian Railways have a lot of things to do. So, as all of us know, there are thousands of vacancies to be filled up in the Railways. I would request the hon. Railway Minister as also the Union Government to take immediate action to fill up those vacancies. This would be a great help to thousands of uneducated and educated unemployed youth in the country. As I understand, most of the vacancies are of reserved posts, to be given to Dalits and other people from the lower strata of the society. I hope the hon. Railway Minister would take immediate steps to that effect. I hope our Railway Ministers would be sympathetic towards the poor people and the backward sections of society and the tribal people also. I would, therefore, request the Ministers to look into the matter seriously and take a favourable action in this light. Sir, another important point to be noted is about privatisation. I would request the hon. Railway Minister not to venture into any privatisation measures. Some reports have already appeared in the media that the Railways are planning comprehensive privatisation measures. We have heard that the Railways, which have the biggest portion of the land holdings in the country, is planning to lease out some of the vacant railway land lying near railway stations for construction of hotels or guest houses. According to certain media reports, these will be allotted for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects. It is reported that the Railways are now exploring the possibility of public-private partnership in running tourist trains. We are highly concerned about these measures. We fear that this will only boost the real estate players to take over the public property. Sir, we are not against the modernisation of the railway system. But, there are news reports that the Ministry is all set to attract private investment in the coming years to finance the modernisation of stations and creating freight corridors across the country. Some big players, according to reports, have already shown interest in the Railways commercial activities. Reports were there that some multi-national companies are holding talks with the Railway Ministry to build freight locomotives. The entry of such companies in the Railways will affect the PSUs, which are manufacturing freight locomotives for the Railways now. I take this opportunity to request our beloved Ministers not to indulge in such actions which may hamper the growth of our public sector. Sir, profit should not be the only motive for a public sector unit like the Railways. Railways' expansion is country's expansion. But inducting private players into this sector, I am afraid, will only result in the deterioration of this precious establishment of our nation. (Contd. by 3o/rg)

RG/4.05/3O

SHRI P.R. RAJAN (contd.): Another grave issue which I would like to raise is that of small vendors trying to find their day-to-day livelihood by selling various items to the passengers. With the Railways hiking the auction money and earnest money deposit for the vending license, tens of thousands of common people will be put to further hardship. In my home State of Kerala, thousands of employees, working in these small shops, lost their jobs. They do not have the money to deposit for the licence since it is a huge amount.

In this space, big private players are entering the railway stations. A Government, which has concern for the common man, should not turn a blind eye towards this. Due to the implementation of the new catering policy and introduction of Food Plazas, the existing workers are being thrown out of their present work. No steps have been taken either by the IRCTC or by the Railway Department for protecting the livelihood of the existing workers of pantry cars. In the Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram Divisions in Kerala, I understand that nearly 7000 workers have been affected by this decision. In all, in India, it is estimated that one lakh workers will be thrown out of their jobs if this policy is implemented.

Sir, I may be permitted to state some of the important demands of my State of Kerala. The State was under the Southern Railway Zone with the Headquarters at Chennai. In the Budget, allotments are made to Zones and not to States. Hence the amount provided for the development of Kerala is always inadequate. We face difficulties in getting our due share for the timely development of the Railways and for the infrastructure facilities in the State. In the circumstances, we demand a separate Zone, that is, the West Coast Zone for Kerala, with its headquarters at Thiruvananathapuram.

The hon. Minister is fully aware of the formation of a new division, the issue which we had dealt with smoothly. At the same time, the overall position and the interest of the Kerala State should be taken into consideration. The economic viability of the present Division and the job opportunities of the people there must be protected. That is a request from the people of Kerala.

Sir, the people of Kerala are very much happy about the announcement of a coach factory at Palakkad. But now I request the hon. Minister to take immediate steps to start the process for setting up the factory at Palakkad. In the Appropriation Bill, it is seen that expenses have been earmarked for two coach factories. I do not know whether it includes the Salem Division. If not, I request the hon. Minister to implement it speedily.

There are several other demands of the people of Kerala, and I am putting across the demands before the hon. Minister. These include: (i) Starting of a suburban train -- this is the main demand of the people of Kerala as this would enable them travel from one city to another; (ii) Doubling of lines; (iii) Electrification work; (iv) Gauge conversion; (v) Thanur-Guruvayur Railway line -- that was a previously accepted proposition; (vi) Ankamali-Sabari Railway line, which was also promised by the Railway Minister; (vii) Nilabur-Nanjangod line; and (viii) Expansion of Kochuveli Railway Station. (Continued by 3P)

3p/4.10.ks

SHRI P. R. RAJAN (CONTD.): The other proposal that I am putting forward for the favourable consideration of the hon. Minister is this. The Janmashatabdi Express, running from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam Junction, reaches its destination at 9:00 a.m. and...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P. J. KURIEN): Now, conclude please.

SHRI P. R. RAJAN: ...it again starts its journey at 5:00 p.m. So, this train may be extended up to Shornur which is a matter of one-and-a-half hours' journey only.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Please conclude.

SHRI P. R. RAJAN: This will help the people in the north of Kerala. In the 2006-07 Budget, the hon. Minister was pleased to announce two new lines i.e. the Idappilly-Chengannur line and the Sabarimala-Chengannur line. But the Railway authorities have not started even the survey work of these lines. The State Government had made a request...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Only one sentence more, please.

SHRI P. R. RAJAN: ...to the hon. Minister to look into a very serious problem facing the people of Kerala. I think, the Chief Minister personally represented to the Railway Minister in this matter.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Mention only a line.

SHRI P. R. RAJAN: Due to wrong policies adopted by the Railway Department, the entire Public Distribution System has collapsed. The centralised booking system for foodgrains at Palakkad in Kerala came into force from 1975 onwards. This was in agreement with the Food Corporation of India and the Railways. The existing procedure is that the entire foodgrain rakes meant for Kerala are booked to Palakkad and, from there, the rakes are split and disbursed to various depots of the FCI according to the requirements given by the FCI. The system was introduced considering the peculiar topography of the State.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P. J. KURIEN): That is enough. You have made your point. Please conclude.

SHRI P. R. RAJAN: This system has been functioning smoothly till June 2004. I am not going into the details. Anyway, the discontinuance of the system affected very much the PDS. So, I request the hon. Minister to restore the original system and save the poor people of Kerala who are depending on the PDS. The Government of Kerala has also made a request to this effect.

With these words, I conclude.

(Ends)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Thank you very much. Dr. Malaisamy. I will be sticking to the time allotted to your party. When the allotted time is over, I will have to ring the first bell. After that, I will ring two more bells.

DR. K. MALAISAMY (TAMIL NADU): Sir, on seeing the vacant House, I know you will very considerate and liberal in giving me the time.

Anyway, thank you, Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, for having given me this opportunity to speak on behalf of the AIDMK party, headed by a mass leader, a magnificent leader, a marvellous leader, a field leader and a fearless leader, Dr. (Madam) Jayalalitha.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: You are always poetic.

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Sir, before I was coming to the House to make my presentation, some of my colleagues from Tamil Nadu came and told me that I must highlight to the Chair and to the hon. Minister as to how Tamil Nadu has been neglected despite the combination of Laluji and Veluji. They had also asked me to illustrate before the House as to how, till recently, up to 2001, the conversion of metre gauge into broad gage had been neglected. While only 25 per cent of the gauge conversion work remained to be done in the rest of the country, in Tamil Nadu alone 51 per cent of this work still remained to be completed. That was the situation earlier. Now, the gap has been reduced very much. But what I am trying to appeal to the Chair and the hon. Minister is that great injustice has been done to Tamil Nadu. The reason for my stating that this injustice has been done to Tamil Nadu is to see to it that the Chair and the entire House takes a considerate view and concedes that justice is done to Tamil Nadu retrospectively. Sir, whatever you do even later, it must be done with retrospective effect, because the injustice done has to be undone. This is the way in which I want to make my initial remarks; special consideration is necessary for the State of Tamil Nadu. (Contd. by 3q/tdb)

TDB/3Q/4.15

DR. K. MALAISAMY (CONTD.): Tamil Nadu may be advanced in so many ways. But, a lot of things are yet to be done in Railways. That is the object on which I want to dwell upon. Sir, coming to the demand, as rightly said by me earlier, it is a great attraction for us the combination of Laluji and Veluji. Laluji is a field leader, a mass leader and a field administrator. As far as Veluji is concerned, he is a professional administrator by virtue of his experience and background as a civil servant earlier. So, the combination has done lot to improve upon the Railways. But, to work in Railways and to manage the Railways is not that easy because it is a massive, magnificent, physical, gigantic organisation in terms of manpower, in terms of operations, in terms of other activities and all. I mean, it is considered to be the world's second largest network by a single agency, by a single management. That is how huge it is. To manage such a huge organisation, one needs a vision; one needs a mission to achieve that vision. So, with this background, I mean, the task is really not that easy. However, I would like to say that the Railways is doing wonderfully well in the development of economy, social and culture, and it is a vehicle of our bringing all these things into our nation.

Sir, while I think of the Railways, I must be fair enough to tell that it has got a lot of highlights. Number one; the earnings for the last three years, when I read through the papers, have been going up. The rate of growth is up. I don't want to cite the details because of the time constraint. Number two; with reference to development projects, with reference to introduction of several new trains and with reference to improvement of passenger amenities, security arrangements and establishment of budget hotels, plazas, etc., etc., they have done very well. But, at the same time, I could not resist from telling that what is done is not adequate. The demand and the supply did not match at all. Whatever you have done, much more is what ought to have been done. Sir, in this connection, I would like to say that the growth rate is not that much adequate, as you wanted. Here I would like to cite an example. China is growing; India is also growing. It is cited that in 50 years China is able to have 60000 kilometres length tracks. That is the achievement of China. Whereas in India, what we are able to do is only 10000 kilometres. This is what, I mean, the figures go to say. Secondly, Sir, about 200 projects are pending for want of money in hilly, tribal and backward areas. I mean, they say they are not able to do it. Without the Railways, how can we have development in hilly, tribal and backward areas? Thirdly, Sir, the budgetary support, I am told, is coming down. Sir, during the First Five Year Plan, the budgetary support was 75 per cent, whereas in the Tenth Plan it has come down to 24 per cent. So, this is what has happened.

Sir, coming to the adverse aspects, I am told that the cash surplus has been very much according to the Railways. But, it is said by the economists that it has been inflated; and, on the other hand, it is more an accounting jugglery. I want to submit to the hon. Minister whether your cash surplus is in real terms or only on papers.

Sir, another criticism they have made is of the turnaround of the Railways. They say that it is a turnaround. Every paper is speaking very high of the turnaround of the Railways. But, others say it is momentary; it is only temporary. About 70 per cent increase in the turnaround is due to the economic growth, I mean, the buoyancy of the economy, whereas only 30 per cent credit for the turnaround you can take. This is an adverse criticism against you. Kindly clarify this point.

Sir, before I could go to the core issues for which my friends have told me that I have to highlight left and right, through the Chair and all, Sir,...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Remember the time constraint. So, be quick. Speak point-by-point.

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Sir, I am inclined to suggest that this is a massive organisation, magnificent organisation and the largest organisation.

(Contd. by 3r-kgg)

kgg/3r/4.20

DR. K. MALAISAMY (contd.): Kindly have a word. Your vision is good; your vision is also going on right lines. But, kindly find out whether your system is okay, whether the structure can take care of what all you want to achieve through your mission. Please see whether it needs a system change, or a review in terms of manpower or organisation. Secondly, Sir, the right person should be posted to the right job. I would like to know whether you have done that.

Coming to an important point, you have got a lot of urban land. Your Act permits you to use that for commercial development. What are you going to do on that? Have you thought on how to convert your valuable assets into other assets so that your operation or activity can be taken care of? While improving the market mobilisation and consumer forecast, Sir, I am inclined to suggest a very important aspect. As far as toilet facilities in trains are concerned, ours is in such a sorry state that we are following only the conventional system whereas in aircraft and other modes they have gone far ahead. On account of your system, it emanates bad smell, it spoils the soil, water, and other things. I raised a question also on this and the Ministry has evasively replied on this. I would like to have a specific answer on this from the hon. Minister. I would like to know whether you have taken it up as a scheme, to do something concrete in future also.

Sir, coming to the issues about which I am very much concerned, I would like to state that about a few months back, on 8.2.2007, the hon. Minister of State, Shri Velu, had rightly convened a meeting of all MPs of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. As good as 30 Members were present and he gave a very patient hearing. Every Member of Parliament was able to speak about his constituency and the State. Ultimately, the hon. Minister summed up and spoke on what can be done, what cannot be done and what can afford to wait. Sir, in that context, I would like to remind the hon. Minister that he had said that all BG lines in Tamil Nadu would be completed before 31.3.2007 except two. 'Except two' means Mailaduthurai to Karaikkudi, and Madurai to Bodi. Except these two stretches, all other BG conversions would be over by 31.3.2007. That is the promise given by the Minister of State.

He further said that electrification of Villuppuram to Tiruchi was sanctioned and Tiruchi to Madurai, I would like to know what is the state. Then he spoke on new lines, from Pondicherry to Bhubaneshwar. I do not know what the state of this is. At the end, we were able to cull out information from him that as many as 42 new trains were introduced throughout the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu and we were given to understand that if more trains were to be added, automatic signalling, doubling and electrification of the lines were necessary. Without that, we were told, further introduction of new trains was not possible. If that be the case, has Tamil Nadu reached a saturation point? In case a new train is needed to be introduced, I would like to know whether the electrification, doubling and signalling system would be upgraded. (Time-bell) (Interruptions)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Please finish in one minute or a maximum of two minutes.

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Shri Amar Singh, told me how to manage the Railway Minister and get the things done. I am a fellow who speak openly and I do not know the trick of getting things done. However, I want to get the things done.

Sir, coming to doubling of lines, Chengalpattu to Villuppuram, it is already included in the scheme of things. Then, Dindigul to Madurai is nearing completion. Then Villuppuram to Dindigul, Madurai to Tutukkudi, Madurai to Karaikkudi, Tiruchi to Madurai, Villuppuram to Tiruchi, I would like to know at what stage the progress is. I would like to know particularly on the electrification of these lines.

(Contd. by kls/3s)

KLS/ASC/3S-4.25

DR. K. MALAISAMY (CONTD): My mood is out, Sir. ...(Interruptions)... You are so nice normally. Today I do not know...(Interruptions)... The hon. Minister...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Mr. Velu is noting everything. Don't worry. ...(Interruptions)...

DR. K. MALAISAMY: While summing up, Trivandarum to Kanyakumari, once it is getting done and Virudhnagar to Tenkasi will be taken care of. What I am trying to say is that these are all the promises given by the Minister. My simple observation or request is whether the commitment given by the hon. Minister is going to be upheld, going to be implemented. He will never commit, unless he is very sure of it. He is an administrator. ...(Interruptions)... So, I need a specific word through the hon. Minister that all these things as per promise will be executed. Coming to a subject in which I am personally interested, Sir, I hale from great Ramanathapuram. The line between Rameswaram to Chennai, 70 per cent has been completed. The only small stretch is Karaikkudi to Manamadurai. Unless this is linked, Rameswaram-Chennai Express will not come. So, the pity is Karaikkudi to Manamadurai, this reach comes totally under the jurisdiction of Sivaganga Constituency, that is the Constituency of our hon. Finance Minister. Though our Finance Minister is coming from that Constituency, somehow or the other, that stretch did not get done. The hon. Minister has already promised that before March that some trains are coming straight. ...(Interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: It will be done before March. Don't worry. ...(Interruptions)... That promise will be implemented. ...(Interruptions)...

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Then I want to say about Sabarimala-Dindigul new line. Some of my colleagues say that some particular things have not been represented by me. That is why Mr. Anbalgan is sitting with me. As far as the Sabarimalai and Dindigul line is concerned, it has got a lot of scope.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P. J. KURIEN): That is your last point.

DR. K. MALAISAMY: I do not know the stage whether investigation has been ordered or the survey has been made. ....(Interruptions)... Sir, coming to a very, very important aspect, the most important aspect, Mumbai to Delhi and Delhi to Kolkata, they have done the freight corridor, whereas they have totally neglected South. Metro cities like Bangalore and Chennai are there. Even in Kerala, big places are there. South has been totally neglected. Along with the freight corridor,...(Interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Come to your next point. ...(Interruptions)...

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Sir, to be honest with you, when I have the greatest respect for Laluji, Laluji is able to speak to so many people that it will be done in ...(Interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Now conclude.

DR. K. MALAISAMY: He is able to speak to so many people that it will be done, it will be done in the second Phase. All these promises are there. I would like to know whether it is one paper or really he is going to implement them. ...(Interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: You have made all the points. ...(Interruptions)...

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Now coming to my colleague, Mr. Anbalgan, who is hailing from Namakkal, he says that the work on the Salem-Karur line is in progress. He wants a specific date when it will be completed. Veluji is able to tell. He also wants to see, he is a sufferer, the Kove Express and the Intercity Express did not stop at Sangeri and whether one minute stop or two minutes stop, these are all small administrative matters. Lastly, Sir, some of the new lines are there, ...(Interruptions)...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P. J. KURIEN): The rest you can write. ...(Interruptions)...

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Lastly, I would not take more than a minute. ...(Interruptions)... From Rameswaram to Tutukudi via Sailgudhi, a new line I am suggesting, I do not know whether any investigation can be taken up. Let it take its own time. In principle I want a clearance. Then Madurai to Karaikkudi via Medu, this is another new line there. While summing up...

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Not need of summing up, everything is noted. ...(Interruptions)...

DR. K. MALAISAMY: Sir, to be honest with you, I am very much happy that Veluji and Laluji are taking a lot of interest and they are doing very well. But still our demand is so much. In such a situation, as far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, there is the greatest grouse amongst Tamilians and in and around Tamil Nadu that it was neglected for over years and you are trying to do little. But still you must go all out to do something concrete so that ultimately...(Interruptions)... Thank you.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: Tamil Nadu will never be neglected. (Ends)

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LP/4.30/3t

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AKG/3U/4.35

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PK/3W/4.40

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (ANDHRA PRADESH): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, I am grateful to you for giving me an opportunity to speak on the Railways Appropriation Bill. Though it is a ritual that the hon. Railway Minister comes before Parliament for its approval enabling appropriation of certain sums from the Consolidated Fund of India to meet the financial requirements of the Railways, but, at the same time, it gives us an opportunity to ventilate our demands and grievances pertaining to our State. So, without deviating from the convention, I wish to place some of the problems that are being faced by the people of Andhra Pradesh with respect to the Indian Railways.

Sit, in the first instance, I congratulate the hon. Minister for fulfilling a long-standing wish of the people of my Chittoor district by electrifying Renigunta-Katpadi section and he has kindly consented to inaugurate the same on 8th December, 2007. I also wish to congratulate him for inaugurating the Red Ribbon Express today. It was to be started, I think, four years ago, but, for the reasons best known to him, it was started today; anyway, better late than never. The Red Ribbon Express is the world's largest mass mobilization drive and is a significant step forward in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India. The aim of this Express is to create awareness among the people, particularly, in the high-risk groups, about HIV/AIDS and its implications. I think, that a couple of compartments are also exclusively meant for treating HIV/AIDS victims. I request the hon. Minister to kindly explain in detail about the Red Ribbon Express to this august House.

Sir, we were very happy when the hon. Railway Minister sanctioned the 'Palace on Wheels' to Andhra Pradesh to promote tourism in the State on the lines of a train running between Delhi and Rajasthan. The idea was to boost and promote tourism in Andhra Pradesh, because the Government of Andhra Pradesh is attaching high priority to tourism promotion, as it could generate wealth and employment. This is one of the areas where there is vast employment potential. It was sanctioned long ago. I wish to know the reasons behind the enormous delay in introducing the same. Hence, I request the hon. Minister to immediately take steps to introduce Palace on Wheels which will not only promote tourism but also provide employment opportunities.

Sir, the other point is this. As the House is also aware, we, largely, depend on foreign countries for our fuel needs. Some time ago, the Railways thought of giving emphasis on using bio-diesel. It was, in fact, a step in the right direction. But, the problem is that the Ministry of Petroleum is now allowing only 5% Ethanol to be mixed with diesel. Sir, when countries such as Brazil and others are allowing 15%, why is it that we are allowing only 5%? Hence, I request the hon. Minister to co-ordinate with the Petroleum Minister and persuade him to allow mixing of 15% Ethanol with diesel which, I am sure, will help the Railways in saving foreign exchange and earning more revenue to take up other projects. I would also like to know that in how much area of the Railway land the Ministry has allowed the IOC to grow Ratan Jyot Plants?

Sir, taking advantage of this opportunity, I wish to place before the hon. Minister some of the proposals from Andhra Pradesh for his kind consideration and approval. Sir, we have been demanding for a new Railway Line between Bhadrachalam and Kovvur. The survey has already been conducted, which assessed an estimated 26% return. This line will also serve as alternative route connecting backward areas of Telangana and North Coastal districts of the State. The second one is, there is a need for a new line between Nadikudi and Srikalahasti. Sir, as per an assessment, there is a 15 per cent rate of return on this route. Besides linking backward areas, this line will be an alternative route to link the southern States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, particularly, during cyclone, which is quite frequent in this part of the country and disrupts rail traffic seriously due to bridges, etc. So, I request the hon. Minister to include this project, at least, in the next Railway Budget.

Sir, Phase-I of the MMTC has been taken up and there is a need for the second phase of MMTC in the twin-cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The State Government has agreed to contribute two-thirds of the total cost of the second phase of the MMTC. In spite of this, the Railways have so far not been sanctioned for the second phase. So, I request the hon. Minister to kindly expedite this and do the needful for the people of twin cities.

Sir, Chittoor is the headquarter of the district Chittoor. Being the headquarter, it is expected that, at least, important trains are stopped here. But, it is not happening.

(Contd. By 3x/PB)

PB-PSV/3X/4.45

SHRIMATI N.P. DURGA (CONTD.): So, there is a need to stop some important trains at Chittoor. ...(Time-bell)... Sir, I will take only two minutes more. Sir, Madurai-Manmad, Yaswantpur-Howrah trains are not stopping here. So, I request the hon. Minister to instruct the officials concerned to stop these trains at Chittoor forthwith.

Sir, the next issue is, Pakala-Dharmavaram gauge conversion work is going on at snail's pace. This should be jacked up and in a time-bound manner, it should be completed.

Sir, then, cleanliness is another area for cause of concern, particularly, at stations situated in small towns. No doubt, cleanliness has improved in metro and major stations, but the situation is the same as it was earlier in small towns. So, there is a need to put extra effort in maintaining cleanliness at stations and also in trains, particularly, in passenger and express trains.

Then, Sir, there is some problem with regard to transportation of eggs and fish in trains. Now, Railways is not treating fish and eggs as perishable items. As a result, the entire traffic of eggs and fish has gone to road transport and the Railways is losing Rs. 20-30 crores annually. So, I request the hon. Minister to accede to the request of the growers and traders of fish and eggs to look into the issue, and, as demanded by them, 20 per cent concession may be given for transportation of fish and eggs and they also be provided with suitable rakes for transportation of eggs and fish.

Sir, with these words, I request the hon. Minister to kindly ponder over the issues raised by me, which are not only in the interest of the Railways but also in the interest of the State and people of Andhra Pradesh and do the needful. Thank you. Sir. (Ends)

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, ߸ ָ߮ ֮ ׻֋ ֟ ֮ Ϭִ֮סֵ ָ֟ , ֯ ӡ ֵֻ ִ ֜ ִ ׸ ִָ ֯ , ־֛ ֋, ָ օ

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֟ ִ֯ ִ ֯ , פ , ָ ߬ ֻ ֋ ֣ ִ ӕֲ -߮ ã֮ , ֮ סֵ ָ ֜ ־ã , ӕֲ ֻ ׻֋ ׾֬ ߅

, ֮֯ ִֵ פ, ׻֋ ֳָ ֮־֤

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THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (PROF. P.J. KURIEN): Thank you, Madam, for being brief and pointed. Now, Shri Sanjay Raut.

SHRI SANJAY RAUT (MAHARASHTRA): Thank you, Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, for giving me time to express my views on Supplementary Demands for Grants of the Railways.

Sir, Mumbai is the commercial capital of India, which contributes a large percentage to the Central taxes. However, I must say that Mumbai is still getting a step-motherly treatment for its development from the present Central Government. Sir, as you know, the working population of Mumbai largely depends on suburban trains to go to their places of work. (Contd. by 3y/SKC)

3y/4.50/skc

SHRI SANJAY RAUT (CONTD.): In other words, we could say that it is the lifeline of Mumbai. Unfortunately, the Railway Ministry had ignored the needs of railway commuters of Mumbai for many years. This has resulted in an unbearable situation for the daily passengers, who spend, at least, valuable two hours of the day to reach their places of work.

Sir, Railways development projects were undertaken by the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MRTP), which is monitored by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). The MRVC decided to start work on 15 of the most important projects of the Central and Western Railways in Mumbai at a cost of more than Rs. 6000 crores. The World Bank had sanctioned a loan of Rs. 4000 crores with the condition that projects should be completed within the stipulated time. The Railway Ministry had made arrangements for these projects to be started from the year 2004-05. But if we look at the work done on these 15 important projects, we would be shocked to find that not only have almost all the projects been delayed, but also funds provided for these projects have been lying idle for more than four years.

Sir, I shall cite the examples of only a few of these projects to prove the gross negligence shown by Railway authorities in providing good transport facilities for the common Mumbaikars. One of the projects promised to purchase 157 new local trains at a cost of Rs. 1359.20 crores. A provision of Rs. 190 crores was made in the Railway Budget for the year 2004-05, but only 0.22 crores were actually spent in that year. The story continues till today; the total expenditure made under this Head till December 2006 is only Rs. 201.24 crores while a huge amount of Rs. 1157.96 crores has still not been spent. As much as 85 per cent of work remains to be done in the matter of purchase of new local trains.

If we consider the example of the project of the new Kalyan railway yard, not a single rupee has been spent on this project. Same is the story of a new suburban railway station, Oshiwara, on the Western Railway. The total cost of the new station was estimated at about Rs. 6 crores but only Rs. 4 lakhs have been spent till December 2006.

Let us take the case of strengthening the railway tracks on both Central and Western Railways. Sir, you will be surprised to know that almost no money was spent on this project till December 2006. The total cost of the project of the Virar car shed and yard was estimated at Rs. 59.50 crores, but more than 60 per cent of the amount has not been spent even after four years.

Sir, many social organisations, as also vigilant commuters, have an authentic information through the Right to Information Act which shows that Railway officials have spent more than Rs. 36 lakhs on air fare and more than Rs. 18 lakhs on foreign tours to study these projects, visiting countries like USA, UK and France. They have also spent more than Rs. 24 lakhs on air travel and hotel bills in that country in the year 2005-06 alone. These top Railway officials not only give false promises to the people of Mumbai, but also mislead both the Cabinet and the State Railway Ministers. Whenever they hold meetings about the progress of these projects in Mumbai, they project beautiful and attractive dreams through advertisements in the print media. They also misled the World Bank officials whenever they visited the project sites.

Sir, this Government, and particularly the hon. Prime Minister, have promised to change Mumbai into Shanghai, but looking at the actual performance of the Government, it seems Mumbai will not become Shanghai, but a nightmare for the common Mumbaikar. Please tell them not to show any more dreams to us but to work honestly and dedicatedly to fulfil the promises they have made to the common man of Mumbai.

(Ends)

(Followed by 3z/hk)

3Z/KLG-HK/4.55

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