Date of Post: 24 Oct, 2017
Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, legendary cricketer and Rajya Sabha member, has sanctioned Rs 2 crore from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for the revamp of rail foot over-bridges (Fobs).
Sachin Tendulkar, in a letter to the Minister of Railway Sh. Piyush Goyal, said he is requesting the Mumbai suburban district collector to authorize Rs 2 crore for the revamp work.
- Rs 1 crore each be allotted to Western Railway & Central Railway from his MPLADS fund “towards immediate revamp & construction of FOBs in as many high-density, single-bridge stations on the Western, Central (Main) & Central (Harbour) lines” that the official may deem urgent, he said.
- In his letter, also sent to the Mumbai suburban district collector, Tendulkar said he has asked the railway ministry, railway board & zonal heads “to study the possibility of creating two separate independent zones for the suburban services, a request that has been made by several experts, passenger and civil society groups”.
- Every year, MPs are allotted Rs 5 crore under MPLADS primarily to take up development projects in their respective constituencies.
- The fund has been increased over time, starting from Rs 5 lakh in 1993-94 to Rs 5 crore at present.