Cen­tre spurns CM’s plea to in­clude Nashik in bul­let train cor­ri­dor

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

The Cen­tre has out­rightly re­jected Ma­ha­rash­tra's plea to ex­tend the up­com­ing Ahmed­abad-Mum­bai Bul­let Train cor­ri­dor via Nashik, ac­cord­ing to re­cent RTI replies re­ceived by a Mum­bai ac­tivist Jee­tendra Ghadge here on Satur­day.

Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis had writ­ten sep­a­rately to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Rail­way Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu on Jan­uary 13, 2016 urg­ing the in­clu­sion of Nashik in the first-ever High Speed Rail project, or Bul­let Train, to be im­ple­mented in In­dia.

"The align­ment now rec­om­mended by the con­sul­tants cov­ers only three cities in Ma­ha­rash­tra: Mum­bai, Thane and Boisar (in Pal­ghar dis­trict). I think that the state will truly ben­e­fit from the HSR Project if the net­work is ex­tended to other im­por­tant cities in the state," said Fad­navis' let­ter.

But­tress­ing his plea, the Chief Min­is­ter pointed out that dur­ing his (of­fi­cial) visit to Ja­pan ear­lier, he had ex­plored the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­tend­ing the HSR Project to in­clude Nashik, which is al­ready a part of the am­bi­tious Mum­bai-Howrah Di­ag­o­nal on the pro­posed HSR Di­a­mond Quadri­lat­eral.

"I there­fore re­quest you to con­sider the Mum­baiNashik HSR Project as the first phase of the pro­posed HSR Quadri­lat­eral Net­work to be devel­oped by the High Speed Rail Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dian Rail­ways. I would be grate­ful if this project is an­nounced in the forth­com­ing Rail­way Bud­get of FY 20162017," Fad­navis had pleaded.

While Modi and Prabhu did not re­spond to the plea, only the Min­is­ter of State for Rail­ways Manoj Sinha replied to the let­ter.

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