|Thursday, April 27, 2000,
appeal to SC on Harpreet case
staff, candidates at exam centre
to have green belt
murdered, body thrown into sewer
heave sigh of relief as greening of Patiala begins in
|A hospital in the throes of death
GHABDAN (Sangrur): Once being a premier institution in the region for care and treatment of tuberculosis-infected patients, a large hospital housed in a haveli near this village, 15 km from Sangrur towards Patiala, is today facing an uncertain future.
DMs directed to check use
of banned drug
unions slam govt
workers union elects office-bearers
directive to mayors
Lok Adalat on May 20
to smuggle fake currency
of SHO sought
Gobindgarh SHO suspended
die as wall gives way
parcel van flagged off
CHANDIGARH, April 26 Urging for a high-level impartial probe into the Harpreet death case, a former Speaker, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, has sought the resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, from the Presidentship of the Shiromani Akali Dal.
What has come out so far was a tip of the iceberg, said Mr Ravi Inder Singh while commenting about the case. More serious things would unfold in this connection in days to come, he said while addressing a press conference at the Press Club here this morning.
Having a dig at Mr Badal and police officers concerned, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said in the present case in which influential people were involved, law was waiting a formal application to become operative while in the case of the poor and commoners it automatically starts taking its course, Ridiculing the statement made by Mr Badal and the SSP of Kapurthala that they have not received any complaint in the Harpreet case, Mr Ravi Inder Singh except Mr Badal and the SSP concerned the whole world knew that what had happened.
Mr Badal believed in breaking every law and not in its uniform implementation, said Mr Ravi Inder Singh, the Chief Akali campaigner against Mr Badal to dethrone him from the office of the Chief Minister.
Quizzed about what kind of inquiry would he demand, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said it should be an impartial inquiry by any agency. Even the Punjab and Haryana High Court had the authority to set up a special inquiry commission and to monitor the inquiry in this case. Further emphasising that law should have been enforced in letter and spirit in the Harpreet case, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said the Punjab Government was running away from the word of law. He said Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC President, was too small a fry in the whole game pertaining to the Harpreet case.
Saying that protectors and enforcers of law should have not played as breakers of law in the Harpreet case, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said not only he but the entire state was bothered about what had happened in the past few days in the state.
Asked about whether he was prepared to be the Chief Minister of the state, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said I would not shirk the responsibility of being so. As I have decided to get up and be counted, there was no looking back, he added.
Coming back to Mr Badals resignation, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said this gentleman (the Chief Minister) had systematically lowered the dignity of the Panth, soiled, nay, polluted the sacred tenets of Sikhism and brought all concerned to a state where we can do nothing but hold our heads in shame. Holding him responsible for the denigration of Akal Takht, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said in the past one year two jathedars of Akal Takht had been changed by Mr Badal. Even peons were not changed in such a manner. All he had done to Jathedars of Akal Takht is not acceptable to the Sikhs, he said.
He (Mr Badal) should resign or retire as his forced removal would be harmful for Punjab as well as Sikhs, he added. Asserting that we will throw him out, Mr Ravi Inder Singh said it was time to stem the damage done by Mr Badal to Sikh institutions.
He said he was thrown out of the party as he minced no words while speaking at the Political Affairs Committees meeting in October last that Mr Badals family had no business to operate as extra constitutional authority to run the government in the state. Other issues like total lack of governance and rampant corruption in the state were also not liked by Mr Badal, who otherwise, did not answer the issues raised by him (Mr Ravi Inder) at the meeting, Mr Ravi Inder claimed. All right thinking people in Akalis should come together against Mr Badal, he said.
CPIs appeal to SC on
CHANDIGARH, April 26 Alleging that it was a cold-blooded murder, the CPI has urged the Supreme Court to take a suo motto notice in the case of Harpreet Kaur; a daughter of the SGPC Chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur.
The secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, said reports published in the press had torn to pieces the theory of natural death of Harpreet Kaur. Exposures made in print media about Harpreets case clearly pointed that it was a cold-blooded murder.
He said more stunning and shocking was that the head of the Punjab Government and the head of elected body the SGPC and several others seemed to be involved in sweeping this crime under the carpet by removing all evidence.
The Chief Ministers statement that no FIR had been registered and that there had been no demand for inquiry itself raised many questions as why the top leaders joined in disposing the body in such hurry.
No staff, candidates at
PATIALA, April 26 Nitin Gupta, who took the class XII examination of the Punjab School Education Board in arts stream recently, did not find any superintendent, supervisor or any other candidate on April 8 at Dhudial Khalsa Senior Secondary School examination centre here, when his geometrical perspective and architectural design paper was scheduled in the evening session.
Revealing his experience in a complaint to The Tribune, the brother of the student, Mr Sanjay Gupta, said they had sent complaint letters to the Chairman of the board but no reply had been received so far. They also did not know fate of the paper.
Recounting the sequence of events, he said, I reached the centre on time along with my brother but to our surprise, there was no candidate, no supervisor and no superintendent at the centre. The Principal of the school told us that there was no paper on that day but when I showed him the datesheet which I brought from my house, the principal contacted the centre superintendent on the phone, who also showed ignorance about the paper. The superintendent came to the centre at about 3 p.m.
Mr Gupta said they learnt that his brother was the only candidate to appear. The superintendent went with me to a nearby PCO and made a call to the boards office at SAS Nagar to know from where he could get the question paper. After visiting three schools of the city on my scooter, the superintendent got a question paper at last. But then there was a problem of answersheets. As per the superintendents instructions, I took him to the market and he got drawing sheets to be used as answersheets. When I complained of wrong size of sheets, he replied rudely. The paper started at 4 p.m. and finished at 6.45 p.m., instead of 8 p.m., due to darkness in the verandah.
The harassed candidate
appealed to the chairman of the board to take strict
action for the negligence and to compensate him for the
inconvenience, wastage of time, depression and expenses
incurred. He also demanded that the paper answered on
private answersheets be evaluated properly as there was
Anandgarh to have green belt
PATIALA, April 26 The state government is developing 20 acres of land as nature reserve area to provide greenery to the new city of Anandgarh near Chandigarh.
Stating this here yesterday, after laying the foundation stone of the administrative complex of a community centre in the Urban Estate, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, told a gathering of residents that the government had also conducted a survey of the state to provide for more planned colonies in the near future.
She said a special scheme for providing houses on subsidised rates to the low income groups had also been launched.
Earlier, the minister performed the foundation laying ceremony of an administrative complex of the Punjab Urban Development Authority office here. The complex would be constructed at a cost of almost Rs 1.5 crore, she said.
She also laid the foundation stone of a community centre to be constructed in the Urban Estate. A sum of Rs 48.70 lakh has been earmarked for the project.
Speaking on the
occasion, Mr Ranjit Singh Ballian, Minister of State for
Housing and Urban Development, told PUDA officials to
take care of the quality of the construction of houses.
He said unplanned growth of cities caused a lot of
inconvenience to the residents as well as the government.
In order to obliterate such problems, the government was
encouraging the coming up of more planned colonies.
Man murdered, body thrown
LUDHIANA, April 26 It could have been another murder committed in a fit of rage and under the influence of liquor. Or was it a deep-rooted conspiracy to usurp the apartment of the deceased by some henchmen of a known Congress workers, who is alleged to be part of a land mafia in the town.
The murder of a youth Sarabjeet Singh (25), alias Sadda, and the throwing away of his body into a sewer by putting it in a gunny bag, could well have been done to grab the one-room apartment of the deceased, according to sources.
Sarabjeet Singh (25) was allegedly beaten to death by his friends and his body, stuffed in a gunny bag, was thrown into a sewer in the fields in the Mandeep Nagar area on the intervening night of March 20 and 21.
The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh, said: The murder was committed allegedly after the victim and the five accused in the case had consumed a lot of liquor. After a minor altercation between the victim and the others over the issue of Sarabjeet returning Rs 10,000 that he owed to a friend of the accused. The accused beat him with an iron rod and killed him.
According to the SSP after the accused had killed Sarabjeet around 2 a.m. they put his body into a gunny bag and loaded it on to a cycle-rickshaw. In the dead of the night, the accused carried the body about 2 km away in a secluded field and threw it into a sewer. On a visit to the apartment, where Sarabjeet was allegedly murdered, TNS found the walls splattered with blood.
Incidentally, the case was never reported to the police by the relatives of the deceased as they thought he was out for work. Says the sister of the victim, Preetam Kaur, who stays a few yards away from the house of the deceased, Sarabjeet was a taxi driver and would often be gone for more than a month. Since his house was locked, we never got suspicious. It was only after the police came here last night that we learnt of his murder.
The police received information about the crime yesterday and the in charge of CIA staff, Mr Joginder Singh, traced out the culprits and found out about the murder. Four of the accused, Balwinder Singh, alias Bindi, Shiv Kumar, alias Baku, Jaswant Singh, alias Natti, and Deepak have been arrested by the police, but the rickshaw puller, Lakhan, is still at large.
One of the main accused, Balwinder Singh, when contacted by TNS after his arrest today, described the entire sequence of events that led to the murder. He said Sarabjeet Singh had approached one of his friends, Baggu, a private gunman of the above-mentioned Congress worker, in November, 1999, and had mortgaged his apartment in Mandeep Nagar.
Balwinder Singh alleges that the deceased was neither paying any interest nor returning the principal amount he had borrowed and after they had consumed liquor on the night of Holi, this point arose and the others beat him to death. Incidentally, Balwinder Singh is also a henchman of the above-mentioned Congress worker, who is alleged to be involved in a lot of land-grabbing cases. Balwinder Singh, however, denies that his employer was in any way involved with the murder.
Police sources point out that the victim was allegedly murdered in order to grab his apartment. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a police official probing into the incident said it was a conspiracy by the accused to murder Sarabjeet and grab his apartment as he had strained relations with his wife, who was staying with her parents. After committing the murder, one of the accused, Balwinder Singh locked his house,which proves that he wanted to usurp the apartment worth around Rs 1.5 lakh, he explains.
Meanwhile, efforts have
been on since 10 a.m. this morning to retrieve what could
be left of the body. However, chances of finding the body
after almost a month of the murder are remote. Says Mr
D.S. Malhotra, Executive Engineer with the municipal
corporation, who is overseeing the entire operation,
The water collecting at the main collection tank is
quite acidic and the body could have degenerated by
Residents heave sigh of relief as
greening of Patiala begins in right earnest
PATIALA, April 26 In a pleasant change from the citys fast depleting green cover, the Municipal Corporation and the Improvement Trust, Patiala, have begun construction work on two parks in Tripuri Colony and Shaheed Thikriwallah Nagar.
The residents of the city, who in the past have been used to see the ruining of the citys green spots and parks, will heave a sigh of relief as they can have fresh air in the coming up gardens.
Old records and media reports claim that not long ago the city had as many as 146 parks. A number of hoardings installed on several entry points to the city claiming about the gardens seemed hollow when a visitor became conversant with the ground realities in the past. Only about 20 parks are visible today.
The impression may be revived soon as work on two parks, one in Shaheed Thikriwallah Nagar on the Patiala-Chandigarh Highway and the other on the not-so-clean Tripuri Colony is in full swing these days.
While the Tripuri park is much smaller in size, it would become the only green spot in the colony known more for its dirtiness and unhygienic surroundings.
The park with fountains and flowery trees apart from becoming lungs of the colony would also stop bids of encroachments made on the land earmarked for gardens by the corporation. Mr K.S. Kang Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, said the site originally meant for a park was being used for garbage dumping all these years. He revealed the park will have colourful lights apart from flowery trees and beautiful landscaping.
But it is the park in Shaheed Thikriwallah Nagar which has the potential of becoming a major crowd-puller in the city. Spread in three acres, the park almost contains everything a modern garden can boast of blue prints of the design made by the Improvement Trust state that it will have water-falls, mounds, tunnels, colourful fountains reaching up to 40-50 feet in the sky and special corners for children and elders.
Mr Kang, who holds the additional charge of Chairman and Administrator, Improvement Trust, said the garden will have exquisite landscaping having no parallels in the city. The work on the park is in full swing and is expected to be completed in a month or so. The Improvement Trust had sanctioned Rs 23 lakh for the project.
The main highlights also
include a proposed cover of bamboo trees on the road side
of the park, a map of Punjab engraved on stones on the
left side of the main entrance and a national symbol (yet
to be decided) on the right in similar fashion and rain
shelters Red stone of Rajasthan is being used liberally
on the footpaths and fountain boundaries. The trust
proposes to put up some food stalls at the entrance to
add more colour to the place.
A hospital in the throes
GHABDAN (Sangrur): Once being a premier institution in the region for care and treatment of tuberculosis-infected patients, a large hospital housed in a haveli near this village, 15 km from Sangrur towards Patiala, is today facing an uncertain future.
While years of neglect, lack of funds and the reluctance of the medical staff to work in this rural area was brought the hospital on its death-bed. The government is in a fix either pump funds into it or hand it over to some other department.
Enquiries reveal that a proposal, has been mooted by the district administration to hand over the haveli to the Department of Industry for its optimum use as patients have shunned the hospital but the Health Department has refused to do so and saying that it had plans to infuse life into the dying institution.
The matter has also been referred to the state Planning Department which is corresponding with the other two departments to ascertain the future of the hospital.
A visit to the 45-year-old hospital revealed that a decision has to be taken at the earliest. The hospital complex spread over 20 acres is a picture of neglect. The beautiful architecture of the building similar to old buildings found in Patiala, is crumbling at several places. The inner rooms numbering more than 20 are covered with layers of dust. Walls and electrical fittings have fallen. The place smacks of spirits and seems fit more for the shooting of a horror movie rather than a TB hospital!
Only one room has some beds in it. These too are almost in ruins. It looks like the bedsheets and the mattresses have not been changed for years. There were only seven patients in the 100-bed hospital, all of whom were sitting outside the building for a whiff of fresh air. The doctors told us that from April, onwards egg, milk and meat would be given to us, said a patient, lamenting that the promised food has yet to arrive.
He was probably unaware that the facility was closed a long time back due to paucity of funds. The government had a few months ago provided a budget of Rs 4000 for payment to the canteen contractor whose bill had mounted to Rs 80,000. In September 1998 the state government provided Rs 10 lakh for urgent needs to the hospital but the money was used by the district planning board for its work.
The huge investments made in the hospitals infrastructure are also going waste. An x-ray unit has been lying in a dilapidated condition for several years. The laboratory has no chemicals and no funds. The stock of medicine is also non-existent. Electricity supply is also irregular and the hospital generator has been out of order for a long time. The patients said the medical staff comes occasionally and no one comes to enquire about their health on holidays. In such circumstances, they indulge in self-medication.
Dr G.S. Preet, Director of Health Services, acknowledged the dismal condition of the hospital. He pointed out that before the advent of terrorism the hospital was one of the best institutions in the state. As it existed in an area away from human habitation, people and government employees were afraid of visiting it those days. This gradually led to its neglect.
Another reason for the fall in its popularity was that treatment of tuberculosis had become domestic in nature in recent years. Today, there was no need of keeping the patient away from human habitation as was the practice earlier due to which patients did not stay in the hospital, he commented.
Dr Preet stated that they had turned down the proposal of the district administration as they were committed to improving conditions at the hospital. There are also suggestions that the institution would be developed as a full-fledged hospital instead of being a specialised TB centre only.
The Deputy Director of
the state Planning Board, Mr P.L. Goel, said the
government was considering the ground realities. It would
not be possible to wind up the hospital by giving the
building to another department. He suggested that as the
hospital had huge area half of its premises could be
rented out to some other department and the earnings
could be utilised to improve conditions at the hospital.
However, the idea was still at a premature stage.
DMs directed to check use of
PATIALA, April 26 The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has directed all district magistrates (DMs) in the state to take action against persons, farmers or organisations found to be using a banned drug Oxytocin, on cattle in order to increase milk production.
A communication of the ministry to the district magistrates office here today called for necessary action, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, against the violators of the ban. The ministry has also demanded a report on the action taken within a fortnight.
The violation of the banned drug, Oxytocin, apart from being cruel to the cattle is also to be one of the factors responsible for vanishing of vultures. According to earlier reports some experts had claimed that the vultures become ill after eating carcasses of cattle injected with the banned drug.
Under Section 12 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, the use of Oxytocin on cattle is an offence. It is a Schedule-II drug which is only used sparingly on humans. As per the law the possession of a Schedule-II drug without proper licence can lead to legal action.
According to the letter some dairy farmers openly flout the laws all over the country and the drug is being indiscriminately and recklessly used on cattle to increase milk production. The drug not only causes discomfort to the animals but also destroys their productive systems. As a result of regular use of Oxytocin cows go dry within three years which is less than even half of the natural milking span of 10 years. As after this they are no longer economically productive, the problem of their upkeep arises leading to the problem of stray animals.
According to the letter, the misuse of Oxytocin also has adverse effects of humans. Oxytocin -laced milk causes hormonal imbalances in humans. It is known to affect the central nervous system leading to nausea and vomiting. It may even dilate the cervix for premature delivery, decrease the progesterone level causing menstrual disorders in women and impotency in males. It can also lead to breast and colon cancers, renal damage and backache.
Mr Jasbir Singh Bir,
District Magistrate, said he had directed the Deputy
Director, Animal Husbandry, Medical Officer Veterinary
and Sub-Divisional Magistrates in the district to
immediately raid dairy farms and checking the use of the
banned drug. He said persons or organisations selling or
encouraging farmers or dairy owners to use the drug
should also be checked and booked under the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act.
Farmers unions slam govt
LUDHIANA, April 26 The Kirti Kisan Union and other farmers unions have blamed the government for its alleged failure to keep its promise of procuring and properly handling the crops.
They said crops worth crores of rupees were burnt in the fields due to inefficiency and carelessness of the Punjab State Electricity Board.
A joint delegation of various organisations led by Mr Hardev Singh Sandhu later met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Goel, and demanded compensation for the burnt crops. They also demanded that the sugar mills should also pay the price of sugarcane along with interest to farmers.
Markfed workers union
LUDHIANA, April 26 The Punjab Markfed Field Workers Union elected the following office-bearers yesterday: president Mr Ram Kumar Tiwari; senior vice-president Mr Harbans Singh; vice-president Mr Balbir Singh; general secretary Mr Amar Singh Bhaghel; finance secretary Mr Rachhpal Singh Bondli; auditor Mr Rajbir Singh and organising secretary Mr Satnam Singh.
In a meeting held later, under the chairmanship of Mr R.K. Tiwari, a resolution was unanimously passed demanding that the elections of the state-level committee be held after two years.
The anti-employee policies of the management and the Punjab Government were also criticised. It was also demanded that the privatisation were also criticised. It was also demanded that the privatisation of Markfed be stopped and direct recruitment of the staff started.
Tandons directive to
CHANDIGARH, April 26 Punjab Local Government Minister Balramji Dass Tandon today directed all mayors, commissioners of municipal corporations of the state to effectively and vigorously implement the night sweeping scheme in all major cities.
Presiding over a meeting
of the mayors and commissioners of municipal corporations
here, Mr Tandon reiterated the state governments
resolve to provide essential civic amenities in urban
areas. He pointed out that because of the increased
vehicular traffic and congestion the proper sanitation
and environmental conditions could not be maintained
during the day.
ETOs join duty
CHANDIGARH, April 26 The newly appointed Excise and Taxation Officers of Punjab Rajesh Bhandari, Ashu Kumar Jain, Manpreet Kaur, Anjuli, Akashdeep Singh Sandhu, Hanuwant Singh, Sarbjot Singh Sidhu and Nitin Bansal have joined duty at the Excise and Taxation Commissioner's office in Patiala.
Martyrs parents honoured
HOSHIARPUR, April 26 The Bharatiya Kshtriya Ghrit Bahati Chahang Maha Sabha organised a function to honour the parents of martyr Vijay Singh at his native Koi village, 48 km from here, yesterday. Martyr Vijay Singh, a jawan of the Indian Army, laid down his life while flushing out Pakistan intruders from Kargil sector last year.
Dr Kewal Krishan, former
Finance Minister, Punjab, Mr Madan Lal Gandhi, former
Municipal Councillor, Hoshiarpur, and Mr Hoshiar Singh
Parashar paid rich tributes to the martyr. Dr Kewal
Krishan, on behalf of the sabha, gage Rs 10,000, a
memento and a shawl to Mr Mangal Singh, father of the
martyr. Mr Bhola Ram, a 98-year-old freedom fighter,
contributed Rs 5,000 for arranging a free langar for the
Special Lok Adalat on May 20
LUDHIANA, April 26 A special Lok Adalat, first of its kind for the settlement of cases relating to the recovery of bank loans at the pre-litigation stage, is being organised here on May 20.
Giving information regarding this in a press statement here yesterday, Justice S.S. Arora, District and Sessions Judge, said the Lok Adalat was being organised to avoid the lengthy litigation process and harassment in such cases.
He said any person
interested in seeking the settlement of such disputes
could submit applications in the office of the Civil
Judge (Senior Division), Ludhiana, or the Additional
Civil Judge (Senior Division) at Jagraon, Khanna and
Samrala by May 4.
Bid to smuggle fake currency
AMRITSAR, April 26 Yet another nefarious design of Pakistan agencies to smuggle arms, ammunition, explosives and fake currency with an intention to create disturbance and to unleash economic terrorism in India was foiled by an alert BSF jawan near the fencing in the jurisdiction of border post of Karma today morning.
The DIG, BSF, Mr H.S. Gill, said fake Indian currency valued at Rs 6 lakh in Rs 500 and Rs 100 denomination was seized. The BSF jawans also seized two Chinese pistols, four magazines, 70 cartridges, 1.7 kg RDX, four detonators.
Giving details of the incident, the DIG said that the BSF jawans observed some suspicious movement near the border. A group of intruders carrying the consignment were intercepted by the BSF jawans while they were heading towards the barbed wire fence. They were challenged and after a brief exchange of fire the miscreants however, managed to escape towards Pakistan side under the cover of the standing wheat crop.
Mr Gill, who visited the
spot while search operation was going on, added that the
modus operandi of throwing consignments over the fence
during harvesting season had also been adopted by the
anti-national elements in the past also.
Suspension of SHO sought
AMRITSAR, April 26 The All-India Sikh Students Federation (Badal) has strongly condemned the highhandedness of the police and demanded the suspension of Mr Atma Singh Bhullar, SHO, Kotwali, in the recent Banarsi Lal murder case.
They alleged that Gopal
Singh and Satinderpal Singh, sons of Jaspal Singh Kanda,
were arrested in connection with the murder although the
wife of the deceased had not even named them as suspects.
The AISSF alleged that third degree methods were used on
the two boys during interrogation by the SHO.
Mandi Gobindgarh SHO suspended
FATEHGARH SAHIB, April 26 Mr Sanjeev Gupta, DIG, Patiala range, has suspended the SHO at Mandi Gobindgarh for allegedly keeping Rs 1 lakh of a trader during a search at a naka.
Mr Balwant Singh Sahpur,
MLA, told The Tribune that an employee of a trading firm
of Mandi Gobindgarh was bringing cash from Ludhiana. The
Mandi Gobindgarh police stopped him at a naka and took
him to the police station and kept Rs 1 lakh from the
cash found with the employee.
2 die as wall gives way
LUDHIANA, April 26
Two persons were killed near the Vardhman Mills
here today when a wall they were constructing collapsed.
The deceased have been identified as 40-year-old Vinod
Kumar and 45-year-old Ganesh.
High-capacity parcel van flagged
KAPURTHALA, April 26 The Indian Railways will introduce green parcel service for the first time with the start of a special high-capacity parcel train during the next week from Vijaya Nagaram in Andhra Pradesh to the northern states. This will enable farmers to get better remuneration for their produce in markets.
Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory (RCF) General Manager V.P. Ojha today flagged off a special rake of newly built 20 coaches of high-capacity parcel van and two SLR coaches. He said the coach factory had manufactured 105 coaches till March 31 and would manufacture 100 more coaches of high-capacity parcel van during this year.
RCF Chief Design Engineer Arvind Khare stated that the special rake would reach Vijaya Nagaram with in three days and from there it would bring fruits to the northern states in 24 hours. The train would carry fruits and vegetable during the season. The high-capacity parcel van, manufactured at the RCF, can carry 23 tonnes of load as its capacity has been increased from 18 tonnes and it can run at a speed of 110 kmph.
Earlier, Bharat Earth
Movers Limited in Bangalore used to manufacture parcel
coaches which could carry up to 18 tonnes of load at the
speed of 105 kmph. The cost of one parcel coach is about
Rs 35 lakh.
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