Patna: Bihar Urban Development and Housing Minister Maheshwar Hazari charged the Central Government of meting out step-motherly treatment to the state. ” It has been more than a year since the Patna Metro’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) is pending for clearence with the Central Government. The Centre has not given its in-principle approval to the project for metro in Patna. The Government of India should give its approval to the metro project at the earliest.” Hazari said at the State legislative Council.
Hazari further continued that the Central government is meting out step-motherly treatment to the state and is not giving approval due to political rivalry. He stated that it was okay if the Centre does not give a penny to the project but it should just give the clearance to the DPR at the earliest. He said that they will complete the project on their own resources.
On his department’s budgetary allocation of Rs 4335.01 crore for 2017-18 the minister was replying to debate, the budget was subsequently passed by the ruling benches amid walk out by BJP led NDA members due to government’s unsatisfactory reply.
When Hazari was referring to his meeting with the Union Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu vis-a-vis metro project, the minister said the Union minister had asked him (Hazari) to send the state governments DPR.
Further adding to the list of accusations, the minister added that the Centre had given its clearance to the metro project of Nagpur within 15 days.In almost every scheme which has adversely affected poor states , he charged the Narendra Modi-led Central government of affecting a heavy slash in its share.
News Source: economictimes.