HASSAN: MP and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda said he hoped the NDA government would earmark enough funds to complete the ongoing Hassan-Bangalore railway line project.
He told reporters here on Saturday that he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda recently and explained to them the significance of the project.
"They have promised to earmark enough funds in the Railway Budget for the project," he said.
Gowda said the Railway Minister also promised to include the proposed three railway overbridges near Hassan, Holenarasipur town and Hangarahalli in the budget.
The MP said the railway line work is going at a snail's pace although much of the work has been completed.
Former railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge had earmarked `65 crore for the project, Gowda said.
Expressing unhappiness over the recent statement by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who demanded setting up of Cauvery Administrative Board, Gowda urged the Narendra Modi-led NDA government not to take any decision in this regard.
Gowda requested parties not to politicise the Cauvery dispute but strive to resolve the issue at the earliest keeping in mind the welfare of farmers.
Defending the hike in the railway fares and the prices of petroleum products, the MP said the Centre had no option but to increase the prices.
"Opposition parties should not take to the streets for every small issue. Give the government at least six months before criticising it," he said.
Home Minister George Slammed
Flaying Home Minister K J George for his claim that he is facing life threat from gangsters, Gowda said, "How can the Home Minister protect the people when the law and order in the state is in disarray?"