Mamata Banerjee urges not to target Railways
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Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010, 00:04
Kolkata: Accusing her detractors of targeting the Railways, Mamata Banerjee today said lives of people were more important than settlement of political scores.

"Why target the Railways by causing accidents and then ask Mamata Banerjee to resign? If this be so, then Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee should resign each day owning responsibility for the road accidents!" the Railway Minister said at a function at Sealdah station.

"I am telling everybody from Maoists to others, fight me politically. Please do not cause fatal railway accidents and play with the lives of people," Banerjee said apparently referring to the May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment which left 148 people dead.

The Centre has started a CBI probe into the causes of the disaster, suspected to be the handiwork of Maoists, on Banerjee's request.

She said Trinamool Congress would stay in the UPA government for full five years and continue to serve people through her ministry.

Land for people living along tracks

The Railway Ministry is in the process of starting pilot projects to provide land to those who live along railway tracks.

"Many people live on the sides of the tracks for which trains have to reduce their speed. These people do not have any shelter," Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said today.

To solve this problem, the Railway board has taken a decision to start a pilot project named 'Sukhi Griha', for which the ministry is in talks with the Urban Development department, Banerjee said at a function after flagging off four local trains in the suburban division.

Under the project, the Railways would provide land to each of these families and the Urban Development Ministry would construct one-room homes.

"The railways may also bear a portion of the construction cost," she said, adding depending on the success of the pilot project, it would be done on a mass scale.

She also announced that Kanchankanya Express and Uttar Banga Express would run daily from July one.


First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010, 00:04

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