Centre betrayed Kerala over Kanjikode rail coach factory project, V S Achuthanandan. Image Source: IANS

Thiruvananthapuram, June 20 : CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan on Wednesday slammed the BJP-led central government, accusing it of betraying Kerala by abandoning the rail coach factory project at Kanjikode in Palakkad district.

Moving a submission in the assembly, Achuthanandan called for the state government to intervene to make sure the centre reverses its decision to shelve the project.

The state government had done all the groundwork for the implementation of the rail coach factory, he added.

The union railway minister was now trying to hoodwink the public by saying that the centre would take a call on the project after three years after having previously declared in parliament that the centre had decided to shelve the project, the CPI(M) strongman alleged.

Responding to Achuthanandan’s submission, minister for public works and railways G Sudhakaran said that the railway ministry had been showing a lack of transparency in its approach towards Kerala. The railways had for long shown neglect towards Kerala, he added.

Mr. Sudhakaran told the assembly that despite the centre explicitly telling the state last year that no decision had been taken to bifurcate the Thiruvananthapuram railway decision, moves were afoot at the official level to do so and that the state government viewed it seriously.

At a presser the other day, union railway minister Piyush Goyal had rejected rumours that the rail coach factory project at Kanjikode had been shelved.

The future of the project had earlier come under a cloud of uncertainty with the railway minister in a letter telling CPI(M) parliamentarian M B Rajesh, who represents Palakkad constituency, that a rail coach factory at Kanjikode was redundant since the present facilities of the railways were adequate to meet its present as well as future coach requirements.

Responding to Mr. Goyal’s rejecting rumours of having shelved the rail coach factory project, M B Rajesh told news channels on Tuesday that the centre went back on its decision to shelve the project following backlash.

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