Railways have been submitting necessary proposals for land acquisition for railway projects from time to time to the State Governments.
Timely availability of land is one of the issues connected with execution of projects. The land acquisition and forestry clearance in case of forest land) take considerable time which delays the project implementation. A number of projects, particularly for construction of new lines, are getting affected due to delays attributable to land acquisition.
In the recent past, amendment has been made in The Indian Railways Act, 1989 through Railway Amendment Act, 2008 for speedy acquisition of land for Special Railway Projects. A number of initiatives have been taken to generate additional resources through Public Private Partnership, State Sharing, funds from Ministry of Defence, additional budgetary support for National Projects to expeditiously complete the ongoing projects.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Ministry of Railways, Shri K. H. Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.