Every alternative year, there is flood. The national highway's level is low and get submerged into water. The line from Siliguri to Barsoi is only metre gauge line. So, no broad gauge train or wagon could come to this site to supply food. So, it has to depend only on air-dropping. It is a very small passage. Therefore, I will request the hon. Minister to give priority to this area. This area is dominated by a Scheduled Caste group which is knwon as Rajbongshi who are the original people of this area. They are long crying as to why we are depriving them to connect themselves to the rest of India and

specially Calcutta, with the help of this line. I will request the hon. Minister to consider this project, a gauge conversion of the limited area in the next Railway Budget.

If the railway line between Gunjuria and Gajol - the Minister herself has travelled in that part - is conceived to connect a tribal pocket of Gajol leading to Malda and Bihar border section of Islampur, 30 kilometres of distance will be reduced. I have the hon. Member from Kishanganj sitting here. Shri Shahnawaz will agree with me that if a line between Gunjuria and Gajol is linked, then from Bihar to Bengal, 30 kilometres railway route will be reduced. That will also be a boost up for the people.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker Sir, umpteen number of accidents take place there. Shri Shahnawaz will agree with me that in his erstwhile constituency, every year ten to twelve accidents take place. Last week also, one accident took place. Till this date, 680 pregnant ladies had to deliver child on the national highway.

It is because at Dalkhola crossing on the 34-National Highway, there is no railway overbridge; similar is the case at Kishanganj.

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She was a Muslim lady, and she was crying. It was a terrible thing. They cannot go because the mail passenger trains pass one after another, and there is no flyover either in his area or in Dalkhola. It is a pathetic condition to watch, and we cannot do anything. The Minister had sanctioned the project, but I am told that the encroachment of the land and other things have not yet been cleared. I do not know the position, and the Minister may kindly apprise us on this. Women of that area say that we can go late, and that the pregnant women should be allowed to go first to the hospital because they should not stuck up in the middle.

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The Railways can send a team to find out whether it can be done in the next year itself.

The Annual Plan of Railways for the year 1999-2000 has been estimated at Rs. 9,700 crore against the sanctioned amount of Rs. 9,500 crore for the year 1998-99. The allocation for the year 1998-99 was revised to Rs. 8.755 crore. It was further reduced for not generating internal revenue.

I am told, in the past, several passes were issued to social workers and to different categories of people and as a result, the passengers could not get any seats because they were occupied by people who were holding these passes. Will the Minister take some serious steps to stop the issuance of these passes? If these passes were issued on political considerations, they should be declared invalid because the first priority in getting reservation and accommodation should be given to the deserving passengers. Even if my Party members become a casualty of this step, I will support the Minister for taking such a bold action. Let the Railways be fair and clean. At least, I will not trouble the Minister with cases like this.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Please conclude because there are a number of speakers from your Party.

SHRI PRIYA RANJAN DASMUNSI : Mr. Deputy-Speaker, Sir, I cannot explain how much the people in Bihar and Bengal suffer from lack of proper railway network.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Please address the Chair, and do not indulge in cross-talks.

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b. Iɨxɮɪh {hb (n): ={vI ɽn, ɴ E +x{ڮE M {ɮ SS * ɽ SS ɽi ʨi { x SʽB l* Ex Vɺ |Eɮ < SS E |ɮ E Mɪ =E ɦ i B EU i < Ƥv Ex Sɽi * ɽ i ɽ E ɴ E ʴv+ E ʴɺiɮ + * x< ʴǺV |ɮ < , E{]Ei ʮVɴx E ʴvB ʨɱ + jɪ E ֮I E nʹ] xɪ-xɪ ={ɪ JV Mɪ * Ex =E ɴVn +V ɴ E V ʺli ɽ +ii SiVxE x < * ɴ E JS E ʱB Vix { E +ɴɶEi , =ix { xɽ + < Eɮh =E {ɺ Sɽ nEh E Eɪ , ʴtiEh E Eɪ , +ɨx {ʮix E Eɪ , <x ɤ Eɪ E ʱB V xvʮi xnb iɪ E Mɪ , Iɪ iɪ E Mɪ V ɨɪɴv iɪ E M< , = ɨɪɴv Eɨ xɽ *

={vI ɽn, <x +x{ڮE M E +n ix-Sɮ i V =`< M< =xE Ƥv |ɮƦ Ex SɽM E V ɨ{ɮ ]E {ɮ SEnɮ E ɴɺl Ex E i E M< , ɽ ɽi ɽi{h i * E< lx {ɮ Sɽ v |n , Sɽ Vɺlx , x x M] {ɮ E |Eɮ E +n E E< ɴɺl xɽ * + E EU ɨ{ɮ {ɮ lc ɽi ɴɺl , i ɽ {<]ɨx E VʮB * = E n Vi E M] J n, i ɽ J ni + E n Vi E n E n, i n E ni * V +ɴMɨx Ex ɱ M , <ɺ =xE Eɡ {ɮx i * <ʱB < +x{ڮE V] ɽ ɴɺl Ex ɽi +ɴɶE + < nʹ] +x{ڮE M E +n V i E M< , ɽ +ixi ɽi{h i * <E ɨlx Ei *

={vI ɽn, <ɨ EU xɴxEh + MV {ʮix E i E M< * Vɽ iE MV {ʮix E ɴɱ * xxҪ j ɽn E vx +Eʹi Ex Sɽi =ri E -

"Achievements and challenges of the future plans -- Gauge conversion"

"Uni-gauge project has been undertaken to develop alternative routes to contact important places with the broad gauge network, develop backward region and avoid problems. During the Eighth Plan, 6,733 kilometers of meter gauge and narrow gauge track were converted. In the Ninth Plan conversion of another 6,200 kilometer has been planned".

{x i E Mɪ , Ex j ɽn, ɪ ɴ ]bM E] E +vI + =xE ɱڨ * jɱɪ uɮ Vɺ |Eɮ E =iiɮ nB MB , ɨvx EɮE xɽ l * =xE ɽ =ri i xɽ Ex Sɽi , Ex ɽ ɽ i E =xx +xE ɮ < i E +ɶE Ei E l E n ɮ {ɺ b xɽ M, i ɨɪɴv E +n Vx+ E {ڮ xɽ E EM* +{ɺ xɴnx Ex ɽ E B ɽi{h ] E Vx, Vɺɨ +ɨx {ʮix E Eɮ E ʱɪ l, =ɨ ʴɱƤ E V * +{E vx BE ɽiEI Vx V ɮ n E ʱB ɽi ɦnɪE , =ɨ xMV M Ex E xhǪ ʱɪ Mɪ iE ɮ n +ɨx BE Vɺɺ iɪi ʴv + M E =ɺ ɪn + ɽʱɪi ʨɱ* = ɽi{h Vx E vҨ E nx + B Ij V Eb Ij , {Uc Ij , Vɽ {ɮ +ɨx {ʮix E Vx +ixi ɦ|n Ei , =E vҨ Mi E nx xɪɺMi xɽ * x =nɽh ni B iɪ l E Vɺlx + v |n E Vcx ɱ BE +ɨx {ʮix E Vx ɽ E] E xҨS iE i {ڮ E n M< , Ex xҨS +M iɱɨ iE ɽ xɽ g * = Ij E +n Sɮ-U: Ҩ] E]Ū , ɽ E< Jn ʨɱ , E< +ɱ ʨɱ , +xx |Eɮ E <b]V + ɽ ɴ E +ɪ ɮ Vɺ E r Ei * V ɽ Ҩ] E |bEx i ɽ bɪɮE] iɱɨ x VE ֨< B Sxx Vx E] E Vx ɽ iɱɨ , i V Ei l, ] ] V Ei l* <ix +SU + ɦ|n Vx E xɨh E vҨ Mi E n Vx `E xɽ * <ʱB ɮ-ɮ +Oɽ M E <E ʱB `E |Eɮ ʶ ={ɱɤv E< VB* 1996-97 ɽ |VE] {ڮ Vx SʽB l, Ex + 1999 ɨ{i x E +ɪ + + iE ɽ |VE] {ڮ xɽ + * =E >{ɮ Ec {ɪ JS SE * {ֱ-{ʱɪB x SE * <x E V ɮ ʴɺiɮ x SʽB ɽ SE * +Mɮ BE l vxɮʶ ={ɱɤv E< VB, i ɨZi E ɽ xʶSi { BE +SU |VE] M* BE +{ɺ + xɴnx Ex SɽM E iɱɨ E E] E v BE n <x ʨɱ VBM + ɽ iǨx iɱɨ E] ɪ xMn + nںɮ +{E iɱɨ E] ɪ SiicMg BE ɨxiɮ <x |{i VBM* ɽ <x ɽi ɦ|n M + x Eɱ Vɺlx E v |n Vcx ɱ M +{i v ֨< n E Vcx ɱ ɽ ={ɪEi <x ʺr M* <ʱB +{ɺ +Oɽ {ڴE xɴnx E Vɽ +{x < +x{ڮE V] nEh E ʱB xB ] E ʱB EU M E , i < i E vx J*

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nںɮ nx ʡ b] M n Vi * = {ɮ +V SS xɽ EM* SɽM E =E iɮ xxҪ j ɽn vx n*

x V |ɮ E E xxҪ j ɽn <x ɤ il ɱ i {ʮSi EE Miɮ <x ɤ i E ɴ E lɪ ʨi =`i + ɱ{ڴE Ei E jɪ E ʴv ʨɱx SʽB* E{]Ei +ɮIh ɤ VMɽ ={ɱɤv x SʽB* xҨS + n <E Ei {ɮ Eɪ vҨ Q {ڮ * +SU ]x xx SʽB + ]x {ɮ ɤ |Eɮ E J-ʴv ʨɱx SʽB, <x ɤ i E U] +x{ڮE +xnx E M E Mɪ + =xE ɮ M E M< * <ɨ ɽ E Mɪ E EU ]x E +n ]x xx Sɽi * EU ]x E +SU ]x E { {ʮʹi Ex Sɽi + EU ]x E +{Ob Ex Sɽi , =xxi Ex Sɽi * <ɨ +{x EU ]x E xɨ ʱɪ Ex V c + +SU ]x V <n ɽi +SU ]x ,xҨS, n +SU ]x =x +n ]x xɪ V Ei * iɱɨ vɴi Ij V n, ֨< + Sxx< Vɪ i =E =vɮ <x xEi * <E ɴVn ɽ ɽi c ]x Vɽ Vɺlx, MVɮi, v |n +n ɤE ҨB ʨɱi * +Mɮ B ]x E <ɨ ʨʱi xɽ E + EU ]x E E Mɪ, i ɽ `E xɽ M* V U]-U] ]x <ɨ ʨʱi E Mɪ , V ɺiɴ = +x{i xɽ = nʹ] =ix Iɨ xɽ E V Ei , SɽM E =xE <ɨ ʨʱi Ex E |ɪix E*

x |ɮ xɴnx E l E +{x +{E +x{ڮE M iE ʨi J * <E ʴɺiɮ Vx xɽ Sɽi Ex xɴnx Ex SɽM E +n ]x E i n E * ɽ EU Mc E ֮I Ƥv i E Mɪ * ɽ E Mɪ E =cҺ E SFi |ɦʴi M E EU ɽɪi nx Sɽi * nڮ Sɮ E `x +ɴɺ E ʴvɪ nx Sɽi + EU ]x {ɮ j ʴv+ E =xxɪx Ex Sɽi * < =xxɪx +{E V {ɽ ʮ{] l, = ʮ{] ɡ-ɡ E Mɪ l E E |Eɮ < =xxɪx E +n V iǨx j xɴɺ , =xE J gx SʽB* Z ɽ Ei B Jn E =VVx, v |n E +n BE j xɴɺ ʮ]ɪʮM V ɴɺl xɪ Mɪ l, ɽ j xɴɺ jɪ E ʱB Eɨ xɽ E * =E `E {ɮ n n Mɪ * {i xɽ ɽ ] Sɱ E Sɱ ? j xɴɺ E xɪ V ? +Mɮ xɪ V i =xE `E ={ɪM x SʽB* v |n E iɮ +{E vx +Eʹi Ex SɽM E {U V] E ɨɪ v |n E Vix ɦ ʨɱx SʽB l, =E Vix vx E +ɴɶEi l + Vɺ fM E ʴɺiɮ E E Eɪ x SʽB l, ɽ xɽ {ɪ* SɽM E j ɽn =E iɮ vx nx E E{ EM*

+{ɺ ɽ xɴnx Ex Sɽi E ɴ E <xƺ E Eɡ Vɰi * x < Ƥv SS |ɮ E l* + {U nx 28 iɮJ E ʽxn +Jɤɮ E +n BE xV xEɱ* =E +xֺɮ

"The Indian Railways is set to seek a loan of around Rs.1,000 crore from the Finance Ministry to bridge the shortfall in financing its annual plan for 1999-2000."

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x |ɮ E E EU Ij + ]MV <x Sɱ * x Vɺ +ɨx {ʮix E ɮ ɱ n, ɽ < Eɮh n E EU Ij + U] <x Sɱ , ]MV <x Sɱ * ]MV E b x xɽ * V b , <ix q SE E =ɨ M E `x Eɡ nEEi i * =E +n V ɨx Vx ʴv x SʽB, ɽ |{i xɽ * <E +ɴ V ] Eɺ E b , Eb Eɺ E b Jɮɤ ɱi * <xE xɪ b xɽ x * V U] <x , =E ʱB BE Vx x< Mɪ l, c <x {ʮix Ex E = Vx E Eɪxi Ex E |ɪix E + =E ʱB +vEvE vxɮʶ |{i Ex E |ɪix E*


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