The Institution of Engineers (India) has urged the Railways to start the work of the proposed Railway Coach Factory at Kanjikode near here.
In a statement here on Tuesday, Chairman of the Institution N.M. Ravindranath and Honarary Secretary A. Udayakumaran said the construction of the coach factories announced after the Kanjikode factory had started in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. But nothing was heard about the Kanjikode factory for some time now.
There were differences of opinion between the Central and State governments whether the factory should start in the public sector or as a joint venture. The State government was for the public sector whereas the Centre wanted it as a joint venture.
The statement urged the governments to solve the issue through discussion as it had done in the case of widening the National Highway passing through Kerala recently.
“It is said that the Indian Railways is going ahead with projects worth Rs.1 lakh crore. And it is trying to get private participation to mobilise funds to implement these projects. So both options should be explored to take up the construction of the Kanjikode factory. Otherwise, Kerala is likely to lose the coach factory,” they said.
They said the factory would help the overall development of Palakkad and the State as a whole. It would bring many ancillary industries and provide employment to thousands of people. So, State and Central governments should see that the work of the factory was not delayed any more.
The State government had already provided the required land for the factory at Kanjikode, the statement said.
Keywords: South Western Railways