People asked Centre for a railway coach factory, not a workshop: Vinod Kumar

The Prime Minister’s Office has announced that PM Mr Modi would be visiting Warangal district to lay the foundation stone for the Periodical Overhauling (POHL) unit at Kazipet. He would also lay the foundation for the textile mills before addressing a public meeting on July 8. BRS leader and Telangana state planning board vice chairman B Vinod Kumar mocked the decision of the Central government led by BJP. He said POHL is a small workshop where the freight wagons are serviced. For such a small thing, Prime Minister need not come.

People of the Warangal district have been demanding a railway coach factory. It is a big unit. If it is established, several ancillary units supplying berths, fans, and toilet accessories would also come up. It leads to more development and more employment opportunities. “During the Congress regime and now in BJP regime, whoever held the railways’ portfolio, shifted the railway units to their respective states. Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, Suresh Prabhu and Mamatha Banerjee – all took the railway projects to their states.

Mr Vinod Kumar said laying the foundation stone for the textile mills is also a mockery. The state government has acquired about 1,200 acres of land and some garment companies started setting up their units. “What is the point in laying the foundation again? The state government has asked for funds for the textile mills. There is no answer from the Centre so far,” he pointed out. The BRS leader termed the proposed visit of PM Modi as politically motivated as the Assembly elections in Telangana state are due in six months. He reiterated the demand for a railway coach manufacturing unit at Kazipet and funding for the upcoming Kakatiya Mega Textile Park in Warangal.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao