Railways should not make Jharkhand its dumping ground: Hemant

Ranchi: Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that railways should not make Jharkhand its dumping ground.

Chairing a review meeting with the general manager of the South Eastern Railway Sameer Kumar Mohanty at the project building here he said that Jharkhand was among the top revenue generating states for the railways however the response from the railways towards the state was not adequate.

He said that as per need of the people the trains have not been provided to the people and whatever trains are here most of them are poor in quality. Hemant said that even the AC coaches in the trains are of poor quality.

He asked the railway officers to make arrangements of AC first and AC Second composite coaches in Dumka-Ranchi and Ranchi-Bhagalpur Vananchal Express. He said that similar facilities should be provided in all the trains of the state so that people get an option of travelling in the class of their choice.

The Chief Minister said that railway over bridges in the state should be done by single entity either by the railways or by the state government itself as often it has been seen that railways make the ROBs while the state government makes the approach roads due to which proper alignment does not take place due to which people using these roads face problems.

The Chief Minister asked the GM that in whichever areas for doubling of railway tracks there was a need to cut the trees the railways should send a holistic proposal so that clearance from the forest department as sending separate proposals leads to delay in work.

He said that railways should make their schemes in such a manner so that wildlife does not face any danger and option of an underpass and other options can be explored and said that development should never but the wildlife and biodiversity in danger.

The railway officials also shared details on the execution of various schemes on which the Chief Secretary dwelt on action taken by the government. Secretaries of various departments and senior railways authorities were present in the meeting.

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