New Delhi: Congress MP from Karnataka K H Muniyappa called on Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi on Tuesday and requested him to start the construction of a rail coach factory in Kolar district, pending for years, at the earliest. The setting up of a rail coach factory in Kolar was announced in the rail budget of 2011-12.
In 2014, a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between the Karnataka and the Ministry of Railways to share the project cost on a 50:50 basis, with land to be provided by the state government.
After meeting Goyal, Muniyappa said,”Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has directed South Western Railway officers to hand over the land for the project. I requested the central minister to take up the project at the earliest.”
The former Union minister said, since the state government had decided to give the land for the project, the Railway Board should proceed with the factory construction in accordance with the MoU.
Muniyappa added, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah had brought the issue to the notice of Prime Minister Modi as well as the railway minister.
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