KOLAR: The state government has got its due share in the Railway Budget, said Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa. The minister told Express here on Wednesday that the budget was prepared only after taking into consideration the appeals from various political leaders and organisations.
The Railway Coach Factory to Kolar will provide employment to many skilled and unemployed youths, he said, hoping that the state government will provide land for it on a war-footing.
Muniyappa added that the wagon factory which was announced earlier for Kolar will be shifted to Shimoga. The coach factory is bigger than the wagon factory, he clarified. On the newly announced Bangalore-Chennai double-decker train, Muniyappa exuded confidence that the train will facilitate faster travel with comfort.
Meanwhile, it is said that former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was responsible for the shifting of the wagon factory to Shimoga. The minister shared cordial relations with the former CM and his son B Y Raghavendra. During his tenure as CM, Yeddyurappa had come forward to share the cost of various railway projects which paved the way for more allocation towards state in railway budget. Yeddyurappa reportedly pressured Muniyappa to allot a factory to his native district.