NEW DELHI, April 3: In an attempt to woo the Delhi police personnel before taking them under the wings of the State Government, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism Madan Lal Khurana said that Union Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani had accepted in principle his proposal of giving ration money to the Delhi police. The cost of this would be around Rs 32 crore per year, he said.
Khurana also said that Rs 100 crore were planned for the augmentation of the ring rail service. The heart of Union Minister and former Delhi chief minister Khurana is still in Delhi and he said that ring rail would get priority treatment. "We are planning to have ring rail run on a frequency of one train every five minutes during peak hours and one train every 10 minutes in non-peak hours. The reason the project failed in Delhi is because the ring rail does not connect people to places," he said.
The Railways will provide free shuttle bus service from the railway station to the nearest road and convenient bus standand this way the scheme would be a success. In the first phase of the upgradation where 28 stations are planned for entire Delhi he said Rs 100 crore were set aside.
"Only two days ago I had a meeting with the Union Railway Minister Nitish Kumar and he appeared hopeful. He just said that he needed time to go through the files," Khurana said. Briefing the media on the ring rail project Khurana said that shortly there would be another meeting with the Railway minister where even the Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh would be invited to discuss the ring Rail project. Khurana said when he was the Chief Minister of Delhi he had sent a proposal for the Delhi police personnel to get ration allowance. "But for some reasons at that time I could not see the proposal through. Therefore when we formed the government at the Centre I personally wrote to Home Minister Advani and sought the sanctioning of funds for the ration money."
On Wednesday Chief Minister Sahib Singh had also claimed credit for the Home Ministeragreeing in principle to the ration money proposal. Today when this was brought to Khurana's notice he laughed it off and refused to be drawn into any controversy over the issue with his successor.
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