Sonepat rail coach unit is a mere re­pair work­shop, says Deep­en­der

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab&haryana - HT Cor­re­spon­dent n let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

: Rohtak Congress MP Deep­en­der Singh Hooda on Fri­day slammed the BJP govern­ments at the Cen­tre and in Haryana for scal­ing down the pro­posed rail­way coach man­u­fac­tur­ing unit at Sonepat to a mere refurbishing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fac­tory.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had on Oc­to­ber 9 laid the foun­da­tion stone of the fac­tory.

Talk­ing to the me­dia, Deep­en­der said the Congress govern­ment in Haryana had de­cided to al­lot 370 acres at Lath-Bi­dal in Sonepat to the min­istry of rail­ways for the set­ting up of rail­way coach man­u­fac­tur­ing unit.

“The Union rail­ways min­is­ter had in 2013-14 rail bud­get an­nounced the set­ting up of rail­way coach man­u­fac­tur­ing unit. This would have come at a cost of Rs 3,500 crore. But what fi­nally has come Haryana’s way af­ter five years is a refurbishing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fac­tory on about 161 acres, cour­tesy the BJP regime,’’ the MP said.

Hooda said the refurbishing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fac­tory was like a re­pair work­shop and would not spur eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the area.

“A rail­way coach man­u­fac­tur­ing unit in Sonepat would have given eco­nomic stim­u­lus to the area as an­cil­lary units would also have come around it. The pro­posed Lath-Bi­dal in­dus­trial model town­ship would have been the ideal place for this ac­tiv­ity.’’ Deep­en­der al­leged.

CONGRESS MP AC­CUSES CEN­TRE, KHATTAR GOVT OF SCAL­ING DOWN PRO­POSED COACH MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING UNIT TO REFURBISHING FAC­TORY

Deep­en­der Singh Hooda

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