15.3 C
New Delhi
Monday, January 25, 2021

Himachal Is Pinning High Hopes On Manali-Leh Rail Project

Humour

And these Jugaad simply deserve your applause!

Hacks aka Jugaad in India, but hey, it is not just the copyright of Indians to be good at Jugaad. There are many people...

These Memes about 90s will give you a dose of laughter, provided you lived the 90s!

The years gone by always end up giving you mixed feelings. It is not about time passed but how fast the world has changed...

#SanjuTrailer is out and it gives birth to another meme trail you will love!

The internet is not at all tired of praising Ranbir Kapoor's rather Sanjay Dutt's Sanju. The trailer has crossed 16 Million views in a day...

CBSE Class X results are the gold mine of memes, here are the best of the lot!

With anything major happening in our country the netizens are treated with whole lot of memes. No matter what kind of news it is,...
Himachal Khurki
Himachal Khurki
Himachali with blood, heart & Soul. Gali Gali Himachal Ki Nas Nas Mein Basi Hain. Truly loves & care about the state of Himachal Pradesh


Will the 498km strategically important Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail project see the light of the day on Tuesday’s Rail Budget. Not only the Himachal residents but even those residing in Ladakh are eagerly waiting to see what Modi government offers to them in its first Rail Budget. During UPA regime, planning commission had described the project as unviable but BJP leaders were terming it as project of national importance. As per the survey report, the cost of construction of this 498km long rail line has been has been calculated as Rs 22,831 crore with a negative rate of return of 4.46%.

Manali-Leh

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his election campaign had stressed on the need to strengthen border infrastructure people hope that vital rail link would finally roll out of the papers. During parliamentary election campaign, BJP’s state president Satpal Singh Satti had claimed that it was the BJP government led by then chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal that had proposed Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Leh railway line, which is of great strategic importance due to the ill designs of China.

Satti had said that proposed rall line was also expected to give a revolutionary boost to tourism in the region. “But the Kaurav Congress government ignored even the threat from China and gave a deaf ear to it. Same is true about Pathsnkot-Jogindernagar line extension to Mandi-Kullu,” he had said then.

It was not the Satti alone who had raised the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line issue during elections as BJP’s national president Rajnath Singh while addressing public rally at Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district had announced to start the strategically important Bilaspur-Bhanupalli-Manali-Leh rail line on coming to power. Even Leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal has raised the issue of extending rail line upto Leh continuously for last many years.

According to sources, while the UPA government had ignored the issue of extending rail line upto Leh in its successive budget now it would be interesting to see how the Modi led BJP government deals with it. In his recent meeting with union finance minister Arun Jaitley on July 5, chief minister Virbhadra Singh had demanded that Bilaspur-Leh via Manali, Joginder Nagar-Pathankot and Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri line should be declared as the national projects keeping in view their strategic importance.

As per the survey report, the cost of construction of this 498km long rail line has been has been calculated as Rs 22831 crore with an negative rate of return of 4.46%. Ministry of railways had informed the Rajya Sabha committee on petitions headed by Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on October 12, 2011 that another survey for construction of new line from Pathankot to Leh has been taken up and further decision on the project will be taken based on survey results.

Rajya Sabha committee on petitions, which had looked into the issue of developing railway networks in Hiamayan states, in its report submitted on December 19, 2011 had the deposition of chairman, Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) on October 22, 2010 stating that it would be difficult for the Railways to undertake such a high cost project and it could be taken only if it was declared as a national project and funds allocated from the general exchequer.

Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line is one of the 114 socially desirable new line projects mentioned by then minister for railways Mamta Banerjee in her budget speech of 2010-11 for processing through Planning Commission for approval.

Committee in its report said that Vice Chief of Army Staff had stated that infrastructure development, particularly opposite the China Border is extremely critical to the Armed Forces. “He mentioned that in Himachal Pradesh the strategic lines as far as defence is concerned is the Pathankot-Leh line and for this, survey had been ordered by Ministry of Railways,” said the committee report.

In his second appearance before the commission, chairman, Railway Board on October 18, 2011 had deposed that defence ministry has also not considered this project as strategic and the Planning Commission has considered it as unviable project and asked Ministry of Railways to arrange fund for it.

News Source : Himtimes
Image Source

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Also From The Author

Shimla Rural MLA Virbhadra Singh Of Congress

MLA Virbhadra Singh from Shimla Rural Profile Virbhadra Singh is the Shimla Rural MLA. He is associated with Indian National Congress. Virbhadra Singh was born on...

Landslide, Cloudburst Threat Remains Over Himachal, Uttarakhand

Shimla, July 31: The hills of North India, particularly Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have been witnessing good Monsoon rains since July began. Though rains...

101-year-old From Himachal Who Cast India’s First Vote Has This One Appeal to Youth

Kinnaur, Oct 26: It is early morning in Himachal Pradesh's tranquil Kinnaur district. Shyam Saran Negi, a former school teacher, is sitting in front...

Superintendent of Police Solan Transferred 23 Cops To Police Lines

Shimla May, 10: In an unprecedented move, Superintendent of Police, Solan, Anjum Ara transferred 23 policemen, including SHO Dalip Singh, from Kandaghat to the...

CM Virbhadra & Sukhu Discuss Assembly Poll Strategy

Shimla May, 18: Amidst reports of escalating tension between the two, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu had a...