Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Sunday said that Haryana is the first state where the country's first 6-km long elevated railway line is being constructed in Rohtak and its construction work will be completed by January, 2020.
Apart from this, a railway line will be laid from Palwal to Kundli alongwith the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal road, the Chief Minister said while speaking at the 64th National Awards ceremony of the Railway Department and inauguration of the Rail Mela 2019 at the SD College Ambala Cantt. The function was presided over by Union Minister of State for Railways, Suresh C. Angadi.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Manohar Lal and Union Minister of State for Railways, Suresh C. Angadi also honored the best working officials and employees working in the railway by giving them mementos. A book titled Kalka Shimla Heritage Mountain Rail was also released by the chief guest and other guests.
The Chief Minister said that for constructing railway infrastructures and new railway line in the state, a joint venture of Haryana Government and Railway namely Haryana Railway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has been constituted, which has 51 percent share of Haryana and 49 percent of Railways.He said that where the elevated railway line is being established in Haryana, 81 km new railway line was established there in the last five years. Work has been done to double and electrification of about 100 km railway line.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a Rail Coach Factory in Bari of district Sonepat, he said.
37 under bridges and over bridges were established in the tenure of previous government whereas from 2014 to 2019, more than 125 under bridges and over bridges have so far been constructed, he added.
The Chief Minister said that now the demand for elevated railway line has also been received from Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal
Appreciating the works being done by the Railways Department across the country, Manohar Lal said that 165 years ago, the British started the railway in the country. In 1863, the first train in Haryana started from Delhi to Kalka and the railway network, which was established by the British before Independence, 40 percent of it went to Pakistan after independence, he added.
Union Minister of State for Railways, Suresh C. Angadi said that at present, the Indian Railways is at fourth place in the world, but in the coming times, it will be number one and for this, about 13 lakh officers and employees of the Railway Department are working day and night.
He said that former Prime Minister, Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had done the work of connecting the country through roads and the same work is being done by the Railways Department. The railway network is growing constantly.
While there has been special provision for railways in the general budget, such a policy is being formulated through which investment of Rs 50 lakh crore could be invested in the Railway in the next 10 years. The main objectives of the Ministry of Railways are to increase the railway safety, movement of trains on time, increase in women coaches, WiFi and further expansion of railways, he added.
Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij lauded the Rail Mela in the Ambala Cantt. assembly constituency and said that the country is moving forward in every field under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
He said that the revolution of 1857 was started from Ambala Cantonment and ‘Shahidi Samarak’ is being constructed at the cost of Rs. 192 crore in memory of those martyrs.