TRS Working President KT Rama Rao fumes at the centre for taking a U-turn on the Kazipet Rail Coach Factory and declared that TRS MPs would fight for the just right of the state in Parliament in the upcoming sessions.
“Setting up of a Rail Coach factory is the constitutional right of Telangana. BJP does not have any right to reject or take a U-turn on the promise made to Telangana in Parliament”, said KTR.
He charged that the BJP at the Center is causing injustice to Telangana since the formation of the state. It may be recalled, Union Railway Ministry stated that there is no requirement of setting up new rail coach factories anywhere in the country as the existing facilities can be upgraded to meet the country’s requirement.
However, KTR accused the Union Railway Minister of denying to set up a Railway Coach Factory in Telangana. He said the centre had already cancelled the ITIR project and curbed IT development in Hyderabad city, and now it made it clear that there was no need for the Kazipet Rail Coach Factory. KTR strongly condemned the Center’s attitude towards Telangana and said, “Not setting up of the coach factory would be a major injustice done to Warangal and Telangana by the central Government.”
Working President KTR demanded that the Central government immediately change its decision and make a clear statement towards setting up a Railway Coach Factory in Kazipet. He recollected how CM KCR had personally requested PM Narendra Modi for setting up the Coach Factory at Kazipet and written several letters to this effect.
KTR further said the procurement process of 150 acres of valuable land for the purpose has been completed and handed over to the Central Railway Department. “Now setting aside the project is atrocious”, he said adding that besides the Centre has been silence on the other demands of Telangana including 8 pending railway lines, two new lines, Kazipet Wagon Factory, Kazipet Railway Division, and setting up of Railway University.
The Minister further said the non-allocation of bullet or speed trains to a metropolis like Hyderabad is also a testament to BJP’s discrimination towards Telangana.
KTR said the Center was making a concerted effort to fully privatized Railways. The Center had already identified the 12 busiest clusters across the country and decided to hand over 109 major railway lines to private companies, which could cost the railways about Rs 63,000 crore in annual revenue.
Minister KTR warned that with the privatization of railways the future of millions of youth in the country is going to be bleak as there won’t be new job notifications from the Railways, the largest employer in the country. Minister KTR demanded that Telangana BJP leaders, who are raising a hue and cry for government jobs here locally should respond to the railway privatization issue, without fail.