SHRI M.O.H. FAROOK (PONDICHERRY): I thank you for having given me an opportunity to speak. I am very happy to see my sister Mamataji as the Minister for Railways. In fact, a lot of expectations are there in the country from her. I hope and wish, and also urge her that she should rise to the occasion. I wanted to tell her that I belong to the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Tiruchi-Karaikal line going through Nagore was declared as early as in 1995, in the Budget speech of the then Railway Minister, Shri Jaffar Sharief. He said that this will be converted into a broad-gauge line. Till Tanjore, it has already been converted into a broad-gauge. From Tanjore to Karaikal, the conversion is yet to take place. My concern is, from Nagore to Karaikal, the line stretches only six kilometres.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Please address the Chair. Why there is this bilateral arrangement?

SHRI M.O.H. FAROOK : I was asking for her personal attention. Personal attention has to be paid because I am coming from a very small State and my requirement of the line is only six kilometres, that too has already been announced by Shri Jaffar Sharief. The survey has also been completed. The Union Territory of Pondicherry has already given its consent to the Railway Ministry to do it. From 1995 onwards, that is, for the last four years I have been going from pillar to post to see that the work on this line is taken up. What has happened is, even though the survey has been done, land acquisition proceedings from Karaikal to Nagore have not been undertaken. The Government of Pondicherry is prepared to do that work but no information has come. I have personally spoken to Shri Kirti Vasan, who is now the Chief of the Southern Railway. He has assured me that this will be done. I have also written letters to the Minister of Railways, who was kind enough to write back to me saying that the work is on progress and she will take it up this year. But, she has also said that this can be done subject to the availability of fund. This is very unfair. We have been fighting for this for the last 10 years and in the last five years we could not only get an announcement in this regard but the work also has been completed up to Tanjore. From Tanjore to Nagore, it is only a 6 Km.railway line. So, it will not be very difficult for the Minister. Other members are pressing too much for the railway lines of 90 Kms., 60 Kms. or 50 Kms. My only plea is to give us a 6 Km.line. Small States will have to be given special consideration and I hope that by giving special consideration to small States, Mamataji will definitely do it. I would like to tell the hon. Minister that whatever railway stations were there already, it has been taken away. The railway line from Karaikal to Peralam has been taken away. In order to compensate this, a line from Karaikal to Nagore was announced, but still this has not been taken up.

The other thing that I wish to bring to the notice of the hon. Minister is, Tamil Nadu Express and Chennai Rajdhani Express are one of the longest trains in South. Tamil Nadu Express goes from New Delhi to Tamil Nadu every day, and Rajdhani Express goes to Chennai from Nizamuddin twice a week. I would like to say that the food which is being supplied in the Tamil Nadu Express is horrible.

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We are prepared to pay money along with the ticket. But my only plea is that please make it on par with Rajdhani Express wherein money is collected with the ticket and the catering is done by the private people. If the catering is done by the Railways, the standard of food is not at all good. Therefore, we would like to see that the standard is improved and catering should be given to private people in Tamil Nadu Express like Rajdhani Express. These two trains are among the longest trains in India. What is happening is that once you enter into these trains, you are cut off from the world. In fact, earlier Railway Ministers have announced that there will be telephone facilities in Rajdhani Express as well as in Tamil Nadu Express. There is no telephone facility in Tamil Nadu Express. We are prepared to pay the money. It is the longest train and we have to be in the train for two days. But the telephone facility is not available. Therefore, I would request the hon. Minister to see that Tamil Nadu Express as well as Rajdhani Express to Chennai are provided with telephone facilities. This is what I wanted to tell you.

I would request you to see how injustice is being done to us. You please come there as our guest. I will take you personally to show what is happening there. In this six-kilometre stretch from Nagore to Karaikal, nothing has been done so far. Even the acquisition proceedings have not begun. The Government of Pondicherry has written and I have also written to you. You were also kind enough to do that. But I do not understand as to why this has not been done. You please take up this matter and do justice to us.

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