Rishikesh-Karanprayag rail project sparks tug of war between Centre, Uttarakhand Govt.
Dehradun, Nov. 9 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri on Wednesday expressed his discontentment over Congress President Sonia Gandhi laying the foundation stone of the Rishikesh-Karanprayag rail link project in the state.
Khanduri contended that since this was a railway project, the Prime Minister or Railways Minister should ideally lay the foundation stone.
"The way this incident has taken place, it is not right. We had brought this to the notice of the Central Government that the provincial government should be consulted in this matter and another thing that we pointed out was that it is a function under the central government so if the Prime Minister or Railways Minister comes then it would be better," Khanduri told mediapersons here.
"We will be very honoured if Sonia Gandhi comes as a guest (to Uttarakhand), but if she lays the foundation stone then it is not right. The (state) government has to act with responsibility. If some dignitary comes then the (state) government has to take the responsibility and it becomes a commitment that yes we have begun some work," he added.
Khanduri said that being the Uttarakhand Chief Minister it was his duty to see that the project doe not remain to be a mere formality and that the ulterior motives to take credit over the building of the rail link should be put on the back burner
"So, we had the doubt that it should not remain to be a mere formality. There has been a serious break down in the matter and it should be solved in a pleasant manner with some representative from the government," said Khanduri.
"We had expressed our discontent to the Prime Minister and through the media as well and as per the issue of taking the credit so we can argue that the building of this railway link has been in discussion since time immemorial," he added.
Khanduri further termed the inauguration of the project by Gandhi as a violation of the federal democratic structure as outlined in the Indian constitution.
"Who accomplished it, if we begin to argue on this, then even we have a long list of people. We have no dearth of people to take credit for it. This was not the purpose. But the customary procedure vis-?-vis the relationships between the state and central government should have been considered," said Khanduri.
"I brought this to their notice even yesterday when I was in New Delhi and I talked to the Prime Minister about it. He understood our point and we even talked to the Railways minister about it. The decision was to be taken by them and thus all this happened," he added.
Sonia Gandhi was due to lay the foundation stone of the Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail project at Gauchar in Uttarakhand's Chamoli District. The Congress President, however, cancelled her visit to the state on account of viral fever.
The 42 billion rupees project, to be completed in five years, would connect the interior Garhwal region of the state with the rest of the country. (ANI)
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