Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has once again written to the Union Railway Ministry for initiating work on the much awaited and ignored rail network in the hill State.
In a letter to Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, Mr. Dhumal reminded him of the promise made by the Prime Minister for commencing work on the Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri rail line in 2007 on 75:25 cost sharing basis.
As per the PMO's decision the cost of land to be acquired for the rail network was to be included in the State's share and the cost overruns were to be met by the Railways. But later the decision was changed through the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs and any increase in the land cost was to be borne by the State Government.
The Ministry has now stopped the land acquisition process after acquiring the initial track of 20 kms. Mr. Dhumal has also demanded continuation of acquisition work since the State has already identified the alignment of rail line and the villages to be acquired on the entire track.
The Chief Minister also urged the Minister to make adequate budgetary provisions for 2012-13 besides restoration of cut imposed during two years for early completion of Nangal-Talwara broad gauge rail line.