140 km-long Rowghat-Jagdalpur rail route notified

Raipur: The central government has issued a notification for the 140 km-long Rowghat-Jagdalpur rail route being laid under the ambitious 235 km-long Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur railway line project in Chhattisgarh.

"The Railway Ministry has issued notification for the Rowghat-Jagdalpur rail route which will be laid in the second phase of Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur railway line project," a public relation official said here today. The Centre had already given nod for the project, he added.

Upon completion of the project, Narayanpur and Kondagaon districts of Bastar region will be directly connected through Raipur, Bilaspur Durg and other parts of the country via rail network, he said.

Besides, the proposed 63 km-long Dharamjaigarh-Korba rail route to come up in the northern part of the state has also been notified, he added.

The 235 km-long Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur railway line will be constructed in two phases.

Work on the first phase of 95 km long track from Dallirajhara to Rowghat is in progress and 17 km rail track has been laid upto Gudum village.

The operation of the passenger train has also been started upto Gudum on this track three months ago, he added.

"Maharashtra dams built to serve sugar industry, not farmers" New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) A question in Lok Sabha on drought today led to a war of words between the treasury and opposition benches, with Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh attacking erstwhile Congress-led governments alleging that dams were built in Maharashtra to serve the sugar industry and not the farmers.

When Singh was replying to a supplementary by a Shiv Sena member during Question Hour on whether government will extend relief to the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra for drought, some Congress members asked whether the relief would be extended. An agitated Singh shot back, telling Congress members to have the "patience and courage" to listen to his reply.

He alleged that dams were constructed in Maharashtra to serve the interests of the sugar industry and not the farmers. "I demand a discussion on Maharashtra drought so that facts can come to light," he said.

There was another round of heated exchange when the Minister said, in an apparent reference to UPA rule, that for the past several years, states were getting funds for MNREGA scheme very late, often in the months of July-August.

He claimed now the government has decided to provide the funds to the states "within 24 hours" of the budget being cleared.

Responding to a question on investment needed to complete irrigation-related projects, he said 89 such projects are pending for the past 20 years. Now, the government has decided to complete some of them, he added.

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