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A New rail Journey for the people of Himachal starts from UnaJul 06, 2011 17:09 | Poltics
K.H. Muniappa flags off Ambala-Una-Amb Andora rail service
A breakthrough in the rail connectivity in Himachal Pradesh was made today when Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniappa flagged off the Ambala-Una-Amb Andora DMU rail services from Amb Andora railway station in Una district. He also formally dedicated the Churdu-Takarla to Amb Andora railway section to the people. Member of Parliament Hamirpur Constituency Anurag Thakur and Rakesh Kalia, MLA were special guests on the occasion.
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion K.H. Muniappa said that 15 km long, fourth block section under Nangal Dam-Una-Talwara railway line, Amb Andora to Daulatpur Chowk would be dedicated to the people of the area by December, 2012. Responding favourably to the demands of MP Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister directed the concerned officers for electrification of rail track upto Amb, operating Ambala-Una-Amb Andora DMU rail service in double pair and extending the service in the evening upto Nangal station. He also assured to enhance the budget provision for completing Una-Talwara railway line, starting reservation facilities in Amb and extending the facility in Una upto 5 pm, announced Rs. 40 lacs for construction of shed in Amb railway station, waiting room and canteen facilities. He also directed the officers to take necessary action regarding extension of the trains starting from Una to Amb Andora station. He said that all the announcements would be implemented within six months.
Union Minister of State for Railways urged the State Government to share the expenses on extension of rail network in the State on 50:50 cost sharing. He said that the final location surveys of two railway projects for Himachal Pradesh had been completed. He said that the detailed estimate of the proposed Rs.815 crore Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri section was under consideration of Railway Board and added that the earth work and construction of small bridges for 3 km on this line had already been awarded. He said that the proposal of 33.23 km long Chandigarh-Baddi railway line was also under consideration of Railway Board and added that eight new surveys for rail expansion in the State had been completed during last five years whereas five others were in the process.
K.H. Muniappa announced Rs. one lakh each awards to Northern Railway and Construction Wing for maintaining quality and completing the work of Amb Andora rail track within stipulated time.
He said that the matters about expansion of rail network in the State taken up by the Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal would be considered on priority.