Rae Bareli factory: Rlys signs land deed

After almost a three month long row between the UP Government and the Union Ministry of Railways over the land for the Rae Bareli Rail coach factory...

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:January 19, 2009 12:38 am

After almost a three month long row between the UP Government and the Union Ministry of Railways over the land for the Rae Bareli Rail coach factory,the ministry has finally signed the lease deed document prepared by the state government for the land. The ministry had objected to some points in the deed,after which the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had asked the state government to re-consider the document. The revised lease deed was then submitted before the court on December 17th and the court had asked both the minstry as well as the state government to settle the matter soon so that work on the site could be started.

The Railway Ministry had objected to some of clauses in the revised deed like seeking permission from the state government for setting up any ancillary unit. However,the ministry signed the document on Saturday and has agreed for the registration on Monday.

“For the interest of the factory,we have signed the lease deed as the matter has already been delayed for long. We do not want to delay the project further as the cost of the project would increase many folds with the delay,” informed a senior official of the ministry. However,when asked if the railway had agreed to all the clauses of the deed,he said,“Our resentment over some of the clauses still remain and we will take that up in the court.”

The sources inform that after registration of the lease deed on Monday,the Railway Ministry is planning to file an affidavit in the court,requesting for the change in some of the clauses of the deed.

UPA chairperson,Sonia Gandhi was supposed to perform Bhumi pujan on the site for the coach factory on October 14. The factory falls in her constituency,Rae Bareli,but just two days before her visit,the state government had withdrawn the land citing farmers agitation against the factory as a reason.

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