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Plea to complete railway project

Chotanagpur Passenger Association on Monday expressed concern over the non-implementation of the ambitious Kandra-Namkum rail link, which is hanging balance for the last decade.

The oldest association of the region, which works for welfare of passengers, wrote to both railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and governor Syed Ahmed, drawing their attention on the project that will reduce travelling time between Jamshedpur and Ranchi.

The present travel time between Tatanagar and Ranchi via Chandil-Muri section — a distance of 169km —takes about five hours. But, the proposed route via Kandra-Namkum will reduce the distance to about 102km and thus the travelling time.

“It is a long pending project which is getting carried forward in the railway project every year for the last eight years. Lalu Prasad had announced the project while presenting the budget in 2004. A survey was also conducted between Kandra and Namkum for initiating the project. But, till date the project has remained a non-starter,” said Arun Tiwari, an executive member of the association.