PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi has blamed former railway minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad for the present deplorable condition of the Indian Railways. The cash-strapped Indian Railways is now forced to keep in abeyance two major railway projects in Bihar, diesel and electric locomotive manufacturing factories which were to be set up at Marhaurah in Saran district and at Madhepura, he said. "These two projects were announced by Lalu in 2007 to gain political mileage only," he added.
Talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Modi said while electric locomotive manufacturing factory at Madhepura was to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 2025 crore, the diesel locomotive factory was to incur an expenditure of about Rs 1,400 crore.
"Lalu had earlier decided that the railways would build these projects on its own as the railways boasted of an annual turnaround of Rs 90,000 crore. However, Lalu later announced that these projects would be completed on the public-private partnership (PPP) basis. Unfortunately, no civil work could be started on these two projects during Lalu's tenure as railway minister," he said.
Criticising Lalu for making jugglery in the railway statistics related to annual profit of the railways, Modi said the tall claim of Lalu regarding the annual turnaround figure was badly exposed when present railway minister Mamata Banerjee brought out a white paper on railways' profit. It was surprising that the railways had suffered a loss of about Rs 4,000 crore during period from April to December 2010. Perhaps it could be reasons that the railway ministry has recently demanded budgetary support of Rs 40,000 crore from the Union finance ministry to carry on ambitious projects and development work of railways across the country, he said.
Source - Times of India