MP from Dharwad Pralhad Joshi has said that Railway Board chairman Vivek Sahai has promised to consider giving exemption to fertilizer consignments at Navalur Goodshed in Hubli during the rainy season.

Mr Sahai, who was in Hubli on Wednesday to review South Western Railway's achievement, made this promise when Mr. Joshi met him to discuss various issues concerning South Western Railway. In a release here on Wednesday, Mr. Joshi has said that Mr. Sahai gave the assurance after he brought to his notice that there were no adequate warehousing facilities at Navalur Goodshed and as there was delay in unloading fertilizer consignments, transport contractors had to cough up money in the form of demurrage.

Mr. Joshi brought to the notice of Mr. Sahai that levying of demurrage was indirectly affecting the supply of fertilizers, which, in turn, was affecting farmers.

During the discussion, Mr. Joshi brought several issues to the notice of Mr. Sahai and he promised to look into the issues, especially the late running of Kolhapur-Bangalore Rani Channamma Express and the frequency of Kolhapur-Hyderabad train.

During discussion, Mr. Joshi urged Mr. Sahai to release additional grants for the development of the railway workshop in Hubli, introduce new trains from Hubli to Pune, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and expedite the development of the Hubli Railway Station, the release said.