Narla Factory Plan Not Okayed: Sinha

Published: 18th April 2016 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2016 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: Even as politics over shifting of the proposed wagon repair factory from Narla in Kalahandi district intensified, Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Sunday said the project was not approved by the Railways. Referring to the blame game over the issue, the Minister said, “The fact is, the project did not get the approval.” Somebody had announced that the wagon repair factory will be set up at Narla, but as per rules, proposals approved by the Railway Board are mentioned in the Pink Book. But there is no mention of the project in the pink book, Sinha said at the launching ceremony of WiFi service at Bhubaneswar Railway Station. The issue of wagon factory had cropped at the meeting between Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here on Saturday. It was decided that a joint working group comprising officials from the State Government and Railways will be constituted to decide on the issue. Earlier, the Chief Minister had written to Prabhu seeking clarification on the status of the wagon repair factory at Narla. The issue also cropped up in the Budget session of the Assembly with MLAs cutting across partylines deciding to submit a memorandum to the Railway Minister. 

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