Ranchi: Union railway minister D V Sadananda Gowda today assured to consider Jharkhand’s demand for more trains in the next rail budget owing to the considerable contribution by Jharkhand in terms of freight revenue.
“Jharkhand gives more revenue to the railways than any other state. It is the responsibility of the railways to give more facilities including new trains to the state,” Gowda said while speaking to scribes in the state Capital on Thursday.
Acknowledging that he had received numerous appeals from the people for giving new trains to Jharkhand, the Union minister said he would try to fulfill the demands in the next rail budget.
Gowda said the state government should take a foot forward to help the railways implement various pending projects in Jharkhand by expediting work in land acquisition and getting environmental clearance. He also asked the state government to furnish its share of funds for the pending projects to take them to completion.
The rail minister met Chief Minister Hemant Soren and suggested that both the state authorities and railway officials could sit together to resolve existing issues impeding the timely completion of many pending projects in the state. He said Jharkhand had received 20 per cent more funds this fiscal compared to the previous financial year.
Gowda stressed on implementing biometric system in the railways in Jharkhand. He said the passenger amenities would be improved very soon.