The Indian Railways’ largest employees’ union has hit out on the Railway Board over its determination handy over 15 of its stadiums to the Rail Land Improvement Authority (RLDA) to conduct “techno-economic research for industrial growth”.
In a reply to a question in Parliament in March this yr, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had stated that the nationwide transporter has recognized 87 land parcels, 84 railway colonies, 4 hill railways and three stadiums for asset monetisation up to now.
He stated that the Railways has deliberate to monetise belongings, together with Devoted Freight Corridors after commissioning, railway land parcels, railway colonies, hill railways and stadiums.
“The All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) is with the emotions of lakhs of railwaymen, their households, youngsters and sports activities individuals since sturdy resentment and anguish is seen all around the Railway Fraternity towards arbitrary determination of the Railway Board to handover the railway sports activities grounds/complicated and stadiums to the RLDA for industrial growth,” Shiva Gopal Mishra, President, AIRF, stated in a letter to Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma.
Within the letter, Mr Mishra stated that the railway sports activities complexes or stadiums and indoor stadiums are positioned within the coronary heart of varied vital cities and are being utilized by sportspersons and different sports activities fanatics, moreover frequent railwaymen (serving and retired) since many a long time.
“These stadiums and sports activities complexes/grounds usually are not surplus and unusable railway land, which will be handed over to anyone else,” it stated.
The transfer from the ministry has additionally discovered stiff resistance from the Integral Coach Manufacturing unit (ICF) earlier who had protested the handing over of their stadium to the RLDA.
The RLDA is answerable for producing income for the Railways by leasing out parcels of railway land. It’s also engaged in growing main stations in partnership with personal corporations.
On the checklist are sports activities complexes at manufacturing items in Trendy Coach Manufacturing unit, Raebareli; Rail Coach Manufacturing unit, Kapurthala; Rail Wheel Manufacturing unit, Yelahanka, Bengaluru; Banaras Locomotive Works (previously DLW), Varanasi; and Integral Coach Manufacturing unit, Chennai.
All these manufacturing items have townships of their very own and the sporting complexes are a part of them.
The opposite amenities on the checklist belong to respective zonal railways – just like the indoor stadium and cricket floor in Parel, Mumbai; a hockey stadium in Ranchi; and the sports activities complicated at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. The checklist additionally consists of sports activities amenities in Gorakhpur, Patna, Lucknow, Secunderabad and Bhubaneswar.
The RLDA has maintained that these stadiums will stay sporting amenities primarily however it is going to be accessed if they are often upgraded and on the identical time opened up for industrial use by personal events.