Kolkata: A project to build a one-room
houses for families living along railway lines in different
zones in the country has been cleared, Railway Minister Mamata
Banerjee announced today.
"I have just cleared a project to build one-room houses
for those living alongside railway tracks and railway land
will be used for commercial projects," Banerjee told a
"The people living beside railway lines in shanties face
problems and their children are often in danger of accident
while crossing tracks," she said.
The pilot project would be called `Sukhi Griha Kon`
(Happy Home) for which the Railways would provide land.
It would be implemented in collaboration with local
bodies in different states under joint venture.
She said the Kolkata Municipal Corporation was planning
to build 12000 flats for the poor for which railways would
"KMC has funds for constructing the flats and railways
will provide the land," she said.
Banerjee said that as part of a safety-related scheme,
jobs would be offered to children of railway employees who
opted for voluntary retirement after 20 years of service.
"I have just cleared a scheme for eight categories
engaged in safety-related work in railway like gangman and
gateman. If necessary, it will be extended to other categories
She said that to meet the shortage of coolies, she had
also cleared a project called `Rail Sevaks` which could
provide employment to an estimated 10,000 people.
Railways would arrange trolleys for those engaged as
rail sevaks and the job could be on a no-work-no-pay basis,