Purulia: Railway minister of state on Monday inaugurated a new station at Jaychandi hills connecting Adra and Asansol under the jurisdiction of the South-Eastern Railway.
Adhir Choudhury inaugurated the new building, modelled on the Royal Palace of Coochbehar. He said several railway projects were moving at a snail`s pace due to financial crunch.
"The Indian Railways is divided in 10 zones. And there need be equal progress and development across all zones," he said apparently expressing his disapproval for any skewed development.
The new building under the Adra division, has been built at a cost of Rs 2.05 crore.
Talking about the rail fare hike, Choudhury said, while the railways will earn Rs 6600 crore annually following the hike, it will be poorer by Rs 3000 crore with the rise in diesel price.
CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharya was also present on the occasion.
International Heavy Haul Association conference is
organised once in every four years. The last conference was held in Shanghai China in 2009.
Highlighting the fact that railways is the most efficient and environment friendly mode of transportation, Bansal pointed out that there is bound to be greater dependence on it for transporting goods on a very large scale which is possible only through heavy haul operations.
Railway Minister said that India too is a growing economy and needs transport connectivity both for carrying essential commodities to every nook and corner of the country and also to carry its people from one place to other.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Railway Board, Vinay Mittal said that besides the two ongoing Dedicated Freight Corridors, Indian Railways has also undertaken a survey for taking up the work of similar Dedicated Freight Corridors on another four high freight density legs of the Golden Quadrilateral covering a length more than 6,000 kms.
Heavy haul rail operation has evolved over the years as a technology to transport bulk commodities in large volumes and reduce the unit cost of transportation.
Referring to the fact that heavy haul operations require strict maintenance regimes, Mittal said that its impact needs an in-depth study considering the life cycle, costs and asset reliability, availability, maintenance ability and safety.