Staff Reporter

R. Velu to lay foundation stone for the project

  • Union Agriculture Minister to be in State on September 10, 11, 12
  • `Likely to announce package for agriculture sector'

    THRISSUR: Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu will lay the foundation stone for the second entrance to the Thrissur Railway station on September 7, according to C.K. Chandrappan, MP.

    With the completion of the project, the Thrissur station will be the third in the State to have a second entrance after Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam, Mr. Chandrappan said.

    Ahamed criticised

    Mr. Chandrappan criticised Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahmed for allegedly delaying the work on the Tanur-Guruvayur Railway line project.

    "The Railway Ministry has approved the project and the amount for it has also been sanctioned. But the work on the railway line could not be started because of the objections from some sections along with Mr. Ahmed," he said.

    "The Kerala Government should expedite steps for land acquisition for the project," the MP said.

    Need for EMUs

    People of the State were not getting the benefits of electrification of the railway lines because of the absence of the Electrical Multiple Units (EMU) trains.

    The railway should change passenger trains into the EMU system and a service centre for such systems should be started in Palakkad, he said.

    According to him the surveys for the Thrissur-Kollengode railway line and the Guruvayur-Ernakulam line were already complete.

    "The people of the State should be united in demanding early completion of these projects," he said.

    Sharad Pawar's visit

    Mr. Chandrappan disclosed that Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will be in the State on September 10, 11 and 12, and was likely to announce a package for reviving the agricultural sector.

    He appealed to the State Government to quickly implement the Kottappuram-Kasaragod Inland National Waterways project for which the Central Finance Commission had earmarked Rs.500 crore.

    Replying to questions, Mr. Chandrappan said the Centre was yet to issue orders for a CBI inquiry into the murder of Father Job Chittilappilli.

    MPs from the State, barring the Central Ministers, had met the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister recently in this regard.