Karnataka urges Railways to expedite projects

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa Wednesday urged the Railway Ministry to expedite projects in the state to avoid cost escalation.

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa Wednesday urged the Railway Ministry to expedite
projects in the state to avoid cost escalation.

"Though Karnataka is in the forefront in the country
in taking up Railway projects on cost sharing basis, it has
not been possible to achieve progress on expected lines,"
Yeddyurappa told reporters after chairing a meeting to review
the progress of Railway projects under implementation.

During 2010-11, the state released Rs 498 crore
towards its share for rail projects but only Rs 275.93 crore
has been utilised, he said.

The government had decided to constitute a
coordination committee under the chairmanship of state Chief
Secretary S V Ranganath and railway officials to monitor the
progress of works, he said.

The committee would meet every month, it was decided
at the meeting, which was attended by officials from the state
and Ministry of Railways.

Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa,
who was also present, said that Karnataka had come forward to
provide Rs 600 crore annually towards railway projects and
cited land acquisition problems for delay in execution of some
projects.

PTI

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