CM decided to enter into a partnership with Indian Railways by forming Special Purpose Vehicle for raising of funds. 29-01-2015
Chandigarh January 29: With a view to strengthen the rail network in the State and to translate mere announcements made by the previous Congress government into reality, the Haryana Government led by Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has decided to enter into a partnership with Indian Railways by forming Special Purpose Vehicle for raising of funds. A MoU in this regard will soon be signed between both the Stake holders. The rail projects which would be taken up for speedy implementation as part of MoU included Karnal-Yamuna Nagar Railway line, Fatehabad-Mansa-Bhatinda Railway line, Jakhal-Ratia-Fatehabad Railway line, Bhiwani-Loharu-Pilani-Churu Railway line, Rewari-Palwal via Bhiwari Railway line, Yamuna Nagar-Chandigarh Railway, Delhi-Sohna-Nuh-Ferozpur-Jhirka-Alwar Railway line and Hisar-Sirsa via Agroha Fatehabad Railway line. Both the parties will form, establish and get registered a company with limited liability. The name of the proposed Joint Venture Company will be ‘Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Haryana) Limited’ to be called as ‘H-RIDE’ or such other name as may be made available by the concerned Registrar of Companies and as agreed upon by the consent of parties. The main objectives of the H-RIDE will be to expedite project development and implementation by resorting to resource mobilization, securing traffic guarantees and involvement of strategic partners in project funding and implementation. It will also initiate mobilization of revenues from the State Government by other non rail operation sources and coordinate with organizations or local bodies in charge of urban development and for the purposeful resolution of various ancillary matters connected with the project development. As per the MOU, the Ministry of Railways will complete the construction of projects in a time bound manner and to the timetable mutually fixed by both the parties. Also, it will supplement the resources raised by H-RIDE, to a maximum extent of 25 per cent of the balance project cost, subject to allocation made in railway budget. The Ministry will share the net surplus realized equally with H-RIDE for a period of 30 years from the date of commission of the project. Besides, it would also replace assets during the end of the project life of 30 years, make technological up gradations and any capacity enhancement work from its own resources or in partnership with the strategic partner wherever considered desirable by the Ministry. The State Government will make available government land free of cost, free from all encumbrances and with all requisite clearance to Ministry of Railway for execution of identified projects. The government will also create a non-lapsable fund for this specific purpose.