Rs 270 cr sanctioned for Kolhapur-Vaibhavwadi rail route: Prabhu

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Kolhapur: Railway is considered as the medium of development and growth of the country and we are focussing on increasing investment in this sector, said minister of railways Suresh Prabhu on Saturday.

Prabhu, who was in the city for an inauguration programme, said, “Now, we have inaugurated a 160 kilowatt solar power system at Pune station that has become functional. We are also planning to set up similar plants across the country to generate power through solar and wind energy. This will help us reducing expenses and will ultimately help in growth and development of the railways.”

He added, “We know that people have expectations from us and we are doing our best to satisfy everyone’s need. Considering this we are investing Rs 8.56 lakh crore for various projects in the country of which Rs 1.36 lakh crore will be spent for various programmes in Maharashtra,” he said.

Prabhu said that for Kolhapur the Railways has given green light for development of Kolhapur-Vaibhavwadi rail route and sanctioned Rs 270 crore for the same. “I will come again soon to inaugurate the project,” he said.

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Taking reference of the demands made by members of Parliament Dhananjay Mahadik, Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati and Prakash Hukkeri, Prabhu said, “We have taken note of their demands and will keep in mind the development of Kolhapur railway station. Senior railway officials are in Kolhapur. They will discuss the demands of these people and will plan accordingly to work out on these demands.”

After the inauguration programme, city MP Mahadik said, “Kolhapur Railway station will complete 126 years in April this year. We hope by that time the central government should start development work at the station. We are ready for Public Private Partnership model to develop the station and hope the government takes steps in this regard. When everyone is taking benefits of bullet trains and metro railways, Kolhapur should not lag behind in this sector.”

MP Sambhajiraje said, “While travelling from Kolhapur, Pune is the next city and to increase connectivity, the railway ministry should sanction Shatabdi express from Kolhapur to Pune. This will help in reducing travel time and increase communication between two cities which will boost economy of Kolhapur.”

Prakash Hukkeri, MP from Chikkodi constituency, Karnataka said, “We are happy that railway ministry has taken up the work of doubling the Pune-Miraj-Londa route. We want some more provisions like installations of Road Over Bridge on this route and the Karnataka state government is ready to bear the 50% share of expenditure. What we need is that railway authorities should sanction projects on this route. Along with this the ministry should take up the issue of connecting Pune to Kolhapur and Belgaum to Dharwad route with each other which will help in increasing connectivity between two states.”

Kolhapur: Railway is considered as the medium of development and growth of the country and we are focussing on increasing investment in this sector, said minister of railways Suresh Prabhu on Saturday.

Prabhu, who was in the city for an inauguration programme, said, “Now, we have inaugurated a 160 kilowatt solar power system at Pune station that has become functional. We are also planning to set up similar plants across the country to generate power through solar and wind energy. This will help us reducing expenses and will ultimately help in growth and development of the railways.”

He added, “We know that people have expectations from us and we are doing our best to satisfy everyone’s need. Considering this we are investing Rs 8.56 lakh crore for various projects in the country of which Rs 1.36 lakh crore will be spent for various programmes in Maharashtra,” he said.

Prabhu said that for Kolhapur the Railways has given green light for development of Kolhapur-Vaibhavwadi rail route and sanctioned Rs 270 crore for the same. “I will come again soon to inaugurate the project,” he said.

Taking reference of the demands made by members of Parliament Dhananjay Mahadik, Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati and Prakash Hukkeri, Prabhu said, “We have taken note of their demands and will keep in mind the development of Kolhapur railway station. Senior railway officials are in Kolhapur. They will discuss the demands of these people and will plan accordingly to work out on these demands.”
After the inauguration programme, city MP Mahadik said, “Kolhapur Railway station will complete 126 years in April this year. We hope by that time the central government should start development work at the station. We are ready for Public Private Partnership model to develop the station and hope the government takes steps in this regard. When everyone is taking benefits of bullet trains and metro railways, Kolhapur should not lag behind in this sector.”
MP Sambhajiraje said, “While travelling from Kolhapur, Pune is the next city and to increase connectivity, the railway ministry should sanction Shatabdi express from Kolhapur to Pune. This will help in reducing travel time and increase communication between two cities which will boost economy of Kolhapur.”
Prakash Hukkeri, MP from Chikkodi constituency, Karnataka said, “We are happy that railway ministry has taken up the work of doubling the Pune-Miraj-Londa route. We want some more provisions like installations of Road Over Bridge on this route and the Karnataka state government is ready to bear the 50% share of expenditure. What we need is that railway authorities should sanction projects on this route. Along with this the ministry should take up the issue of connecting Pune to Kolhapur and Belgaum to Dharwad route with each other which will help in increasing connectivity between two states.”