`Co-ordination amongst govt departments crucial to meet 2016 target for railway project completion`

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IMPHAL, Sept 30 (NNN): The 12-member delegation of Lok Sabha Committee on Estimate that arrived here yesterday met top officials of various Government Departments of Manipur including Ministry of Textiles on Monday to discuss various Central sponsored projects, especially Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail link undertaken in the state.

State Chief Secretary PC Lawmkunga and other top officials of various Government Departments including Forest, Transport, Revenue and Commerce and Industries attended the meeting held at Hotel Classic here.

The meeting discussed various projects now undertaken in the state under the sponsorship of the Central Government, but prominently the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail line and performance of North East Frontier Railways (NEFR), official sources said.

The Lok Sabha Committee on Estimate also gathered a detailed report from the officials of Ministry of Textiles on Manipur’s textile projects funded by the Centre and enquired about further requirements of these projects during the meeting.

“We emphasize on the railway project during the meeting,” Francisco Sardinha, chairman of the committee told newsmen after the meeting.

Fransico further said coordination among various Government Departments of the state is needed to meet the 2016 target set to complete the railway project.

Asked if the Lok Sabha Committee on Estimate is satisfied with the current progress of the railway project, Francisco said they were partly satisfied and partly not, but there is certain impediment in the progress of the project and this would also be put up before the Railway Ministry.

The Government of India would be urged to take more steps to ensure the project finish on time and to provide all the further necessities so that the completion of the project is facilitated, he said.

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