Kerala could lose railway medical college project

Kerala could lose railway medical college project : Thanks to laxity on the part of the state government and Thiruvananthapuram railway division authorities, two major projects announced for the state are likely to be shifted to Tamil Nadu. The projects include a railway medical college and coaching terminal announced in the 2009-10 and 2011-12 railway budgets.

Attingal MP A Sampath said the Tamil Nadu lobby had started putting pressure on the Union government and railway authorities to shift the projects. “The railway division authorities raise the bogey of land scarcity once they are asked about these projects. In fact, railway has big plots in Kadakkavoor and Nemom that can be utilized for them. At a time when the state government is showing no interest to make these projects a reality, the Tamil Nadu government is lobbying for these projects with the support of union ministers from the state,” he said.

At least 70 acres of railway land is lying idle in Kadakkavoor, which can be used for constructing the medical college. The railway also possesses a large unutilized plot at Nemom.

However, Union minister and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor said the allegations in this regard are baseless. “Though the railway medical college project was announced three years ago, former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had scrapped the plan owing to high financial burden. The current railway minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, has promised to reintroduce the project and we will discuss the matter with the railways once the railways gets a new chairman,” he said.

Top railway authorities said the Southern Railway management would decide on the proposed medical college. The division had earlier reported to the Southern Railway that Nemom was not geographically suitable for a coaching terminal.

Railway sources said the prospect of the projects solely depended on political will. “The division has areas till Tirunelveli under its jurisdiction and we will have no option if higher authorities decide to bring them up in Tamil Nadu. It is a known fact that only political pressure can bring large projects to the state. And sadly, neither the ruling or opposition parties are interested in the railway issues of the state,” a senior officer said.


Source : indiantimes

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