New Delhi: Concern was expressed in Rajya Sabha on Thursday over China developing strategic rail links along India`s border and demands were raised for developing the same on the Indian side on war-footing.
The small state of Himachal has been demanding the Bilaspur-Joginder Nagar-Manali-Leh rail link along the Indo-China border, which also holds strategic significance for the defence, but was being ignored for long, Shanta Kumar (BJP) said participating in the discussion on Rail Budget.
Kumar said Himachal Pradesh which shared its border with China, was being continuously ignored ever since Independence and not a single kilometre was being added over the years.
He cautioned that neighbouring China was fast developing rail links on its side from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, but nothing was being done by India to augment its border infrastructure.
Demanding that the issue be looked into seriously keeping in view the humiliating and shameful defeat suffered by India in the 1962 war with China, he said it was unfortunate that not a single km of rail network was added in Himachal Pradesh, which has got only 163 km of train lines built by the British.
"The Railways talk about increase in fares, but not about improving toilets in trains...," he said.
Nandi Yellaiah (Cong) said even the public feels the fare should increase as it has not been done in last eight years.
Gundu Sudha Rani (TDP) said the Central Railways was being
neglected even though it was a major revenue earner for the
Chandan Mitra (BJP) pointed out Railway Minister Mukul
Roy`s absence from the House, on which Tariq Anwar who was in
the chair pointed out to Shipping Minister GK Vasan and said
he was taking down the notes.