Bhubaneswar: The possibility of establishment of a railway wagon repair factory at Naral in Kalahandi district seems to have been faded with Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha divulging that the proposed project had never been approved by the Ministry.
Sinha’s revelation has created this apprehension even as Railways Cabinet Minister Suresh Prabhu had on Saturday told that a Centre-State working committee will be formed to decide on the proposed Narla wagon repair workshop.
“Many debates are being held about the proposed Narla wagon repair workshop. But the fact is that the project did not get any approval. Somebody came here (Odisha) and announced that the workshop would be set up at Narla. As per norms, any proposal approved by the Railway Board is mentioned in the Pink Book, a book that records yearly growth plans with financial details. But there is no mention about the proposed Narla project in the Pink Book,” Sinha said while speaking at the launching of free Wi-Fi at the city railway station here.
Stating that he furnished this information in conformity, Sinha, in an apparent reference to earlier UPA Government, said, “The Narendra Modi Government doesn’t believe in mere announcements. It believes in implementing promises.”
However, he said many railway projects would come up in Odisha in coming days. He said the decision regarding projects and their locations would be decided at a meeting soon.