Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has once again reiterated the state’s demand for rail connectivity of Jaisalmer and Barmer with the ports of Kandla and Mundra in Gujarat. Ashok Gehlot has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene in the matter to get the proposed rail connectivity approved by the railway ministry.
Gehlot stressed that Jaisalmer and Barmer both are major producers of gas and oil. The oil wells of the two districts produce 20 per cent of the country’s own crude oil. He said that a Rs 44,000 refinery which is a joint venture between the state government and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd is being set up at Pachpadra in Barmer district. The rail connectivity of Jaisalmer and Barmer with Kandla and Mundra will help the economy, the CM said.
Demand raised in virtual ceremony
Gehlot made the demand at the virtual ceremony presided over by the prime minister on Thursday dedicating the western freight corridor to the nation. PM Modi inaugurated the dedicated freight corridor of Madar (Kishangarh) in Rajasthan and Rewari in Haryana. Modi flagged off the container goods trains which chugged off from New Ateli in Haryana and New Kishangarh in Rajasthan.
Gehlot said the railway system is 170-year-old and after Independence, then PM Jawahar Lal Nehru was instrumental in setting up railway manufacturing units and spreading the railway network. He said it was Nehru’s vision to make the Indian railways self-reliant by manufacturing rail engines, carriages and goods racks that helped the rail transportation in the country.
NDA should resume projects approved by UPA, says Ashok Gehlot
He said a number of rail projects that were approved when the UPA government was in power were stopped by the NDA governments, such projects should be restarted. Gehlot also demanded a dedicated freight corridor (DFC) in Rajasthan like the one at Dharuhera in Haryana.
The CM demanded that the country’s first specific Japanese zone is located in Neemrana in Alwar district. He stressed that the Alwar-Bhiwadi industrial area in Alwar district has 6,521 manufacturing units. He said looking at the needs of these manufacturing units, a Dharuhera-like dedicated freight corridor should be built at the Salarpur-Bhiwadi industrial area.
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