Shimla: Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal let the Himachal Vidhan Sabha know that the issue of funding the multi crore Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri railway line remained unresolved.
During question, responding to a question by Rajesh Dharmani (congress) the chief minister said that earlier the central government
had agreed to fund the project on a 75:25 basis between ministry of railways and the state government, with the cost of land to be included in the states share and any cost overruns to be borne by the railway ministry but now the ministry has turned around to propose that 25 % of the completion cost needs to be footed by the state.
The state government has asked the central government to review the decision.
The railway ministry has informed that they had completed the final location survey of the railway line and had sanctioned part detailed estimate for Bhanupali-Dharot stretch (20 Kms) amounting to Rs 350 Cr.
Contract for earthwork and minor bridges for first 3 Kms had been awarded and an memorandum of understanding had been signed between railways and geological survey of India for geological investigation, he said.
Dhumal further said that during 2009-10 railway budget Rs 20 crore was provided for the project but it was scaled down to Rs 8.74 crore and whereas as Rs 41 crore was marked for 2010-11 railway budget, later it was scaled down to Rs 21.55 crore.