Marhaura, Madhepura projects not abandoned: Railway Board
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 16:19
  
Patna: Railway Board Wednesday denied reports that its diesel locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura and electric locomotive manufacturing unit at Madhepura in Bihar were being abandoned and said they would be completed on PPP basis.

"The reports that Railways has planned to abandon or shelve the two ambitious mega projects are totally misleading, concocted and based on surmises ... It is a false propaganda that these projects will be shelved," Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahay said.

The two projects were announced in the budget by former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.

While the diesel locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura in Saran district would involve an expenditure of Rs 1,400 crore and the electric locomotive manufacturing unit at Madhepura Rs 2,025 crore and will be decided upon in the coming budget.

Sahay said Railways had earlier decided to complete these two major projects in Bihar on its own, but later it was decided on PPP.

A committee of experts was recently set up to study the terms and conditions and submit the report within a week for execution of the two projects, besides another at Kanchrapara in West Bengal.

He said out of the budgetary allocation made during 2010-11 land have already been acquired and purchased for the two projects in Bihar.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 16:19


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