TRANS ASIAN RAIL LINK and INDIAN RAILWAY BUDGET

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Thiru.Manmohan Singh Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways Selvi.Mamata Banerjee Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Railways Thiru.E.Ahamad

Respected Prime Minister and Union Railway Minister

Subject: Urging inclusion in Union Budget the Indian component of Trans Asian Rail network and East Coast Rail link between Chennai and Cuddalore regarding

We, urge Indian Government to incorporate projects with international aspirations aimed at integrating India in a globalized economy and to pursue some initiatives taken so far but not implemented. Political will is needed to rise above petty politics and to pursue projects that would give boost to Indian economy. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has for long been pushing for a 1, 14,000-km Trans Asian railway network that will connect Europe with Asia. ASEAN countries have entered into intergovernmental agreement with South Asian countries on the rail network which had come in to force from June, 2009 and will need investments worth $15 billion to connect the missing links. India and the ten-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) had inked a duty-free trade agreement in August 2009 to strengthen economic relations.

 The only transportation link with the region is through a road in Moreh in Manipur and Tamu in Myanmar. With a broad gauge running throughout the region, infrastructure would not be a problem and the rail link could be connected on the existing line. A rail line can be built between India and Thailand through Bangladesh and Myanmar. There is already a railway line connecting India with Bangladesh but the only hurdle is the missing link in the form of Myanmar. There is roughly about 350 km between India and Myanmar that does not have a rail line. Of this about 150 km is in Indian Territory.

India conducted a feasibility study by RITES for a rail line between Jiribam-Moreh in India and Tamu-Kalay-Segyi in Myanmar in 2007, which is estimated to cost Rs4, 280 crore, but nothing concrete has materialized so far. The need of the hour in Railway Ministry should be towards these goals by extending Indian Railways eastward .Similarly let us look at the ground situation in westwards too. Media reported in 2009 about the possibility of train travel from London to India or even Dhaka in Bangladesh. The missing gap in the rails between Bam & Zahedan in Southeast Iran was finally completed in late 2008. So the rails do indeed now stretch all the way from St Pancras to Karachi, Lahore, Delhi & Dhaka, with just a short hop by ferry necessary across the Bosphorus in Istanbul (a gap due to be filled by the Bosphorus tunnel now under construction).

 We urge the Indian Prime Minister to take necessary steps diplomatically and by including this project as our goal domestically and earmarking funds to fill up the missing links within our country.

Chennai-Mamallapuram-Puducherry-Cuddalore

Southern Railway for long had been planning to lay a new line from Chennai to Cuddalore via Mamallapuram and Puducherry. The project is part of an ambitious plan chalked out by the railways to connect Chennai to towns along the East Coast all the way up to Kanyakumari. Though the entire line will be executed later on, the railway board has given the go ahead to build the line from Chennai to Cuddalore at a cost of Rs 523 crore. According to the approved alignment, the 179-km line will take off from Perungudi station on the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) and traverse between Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR) before reaching Jipmer at Puducherry and Cuddalore. No timeframe has been fixed for completion of the line.

 After Perungudi, the line will pass through Sholinganallur, Kovalam, Tiruporur, Mamallapuram, Kalpakkam, Kuvathur, Cheyyur, Marakanam, Kunimedu, Kuiyilappalayam, and Jipmer in Puducherry, Bahour, Varakalpattu, Tirupadiripuliyur and Cuddalore Fort. The line will run close to the sea at Mamallapuram. The railway line will run on an embankment, and as most of the ECR does not have buildings on either side, travelers will be able to have a view of the sea. Surveys to identify passenger feasibility on the route have revealed that the line will be viable as more people are traveling from Chennai to Puducherry and Cuddalore because of the recent developments along the OMR and ECR. If the line starts from Perungudi, the operations wing has decided to operate EMUs from Chennai Beach via MRTS to Mamallapuram and conventional trains between Cuddalore and Mamallapuram via Puducherry. The board has approved the new line by including it in the supplementary budget of September 2007.

 We are awaiting the Union Budget of 2010.Yet we see no ray of hope, hence this urgent appeal. IF THIS BUDGET EXCLUDES THIS PROJECT AND NEGLECTS TAMILNADU, PEOPLE OF TAMILNADU WILL FEEL that step-motherly treatment is meted out to their state. Puducherry-Cuddalore Rail link was discussed between British and French in colonial era, funds allocated by French only to be diverted to other projects. Till that time, even after Independence, no Government thought of implementing this project. At least when the ambitious plan for new rail line between Chennai and Cuddalore was mooted, we thought the dream project will see the dawn. But we fear that Tamilnadu is going to be sidelined, and our desperate appeal to Union Railway Minister and our Prime Minister to initiate speedy steps to fulfill the aspirations of Tamil Nadu.

With Regards Yours fraternally

 N.Nandhivarman General Secretary DRAVIDA PERAVAI, Puducherry 605001, India

KARAIKAL TO KARACHI TERROR LINKS

Public meeting on 15.1.2010

KARAIKAL UNION TERRITORY  STRUGGLE GROUP

52, Church Street, KARAIKAL 609602  [Founded in 2005]  Tel:04368-224599

 Hon’ble Thiru.P.Chidambaram                                16.02.2010

Union Home Minister  19 Safdurjung Road NEW DELHI 110011

Respected Thiru.Chidambaram

 Subject: Report on Unlawful Terrorist activities in the Karaikal region  as reported in media and the inefficiency of the incumbent Home Minister of Puduchery and Collector of Karaikal regarding…

  •  We read in papers that Hon’ble Prime Minister is going to fine tune Union Cabinet weeding out incompetent and inefficient from the seats of power and is planning to induct new faces, or redistribute portfolios. We were aghast at the one constituency development agenda pursued by ousted Chief Minister N.Rangasamy, and we wanted to liberate Puducherry UT from that rule. But we never in our dreams thought that instead of ONE CONSTITUENCY AGENDA TWO CONSTITUENCY agenda will sneak in robbing all development that is meant for main enclaves of Puducherry and population wise second enclave of Karaikal. We were demanding Statehood for Puducherry, and following the precedent laid when Goa was elevated to Statehood other enclaves were made into UT, we sought Union Territory status for Karaikal. Now we are adding two more demands. Merge Mahe enclave with UT of Lakshadeep, let Yenam either join Telengana or Rayalaseema, when Andra Pradesh is bi-furcated or trifurcated. Though we can present you statistics to substantiate the step motherly treatment meted out to Puducherry and Karaikal with so much portfolios in hands of two representatives of Mahe and Yenam hijacking all development to win their seats but to make all others loose whenever elections are held, we are specifically placing Terrorist related incidents necessitating Union Government granting UT status to Karaikal and directly rule Karaikal through a Lt.Governor directed by Union Home Ministry. Karaikal UT can yield one more Loksabha member, thereby increasing the strength of Lok sabha where Karaikal could be heard.

 KARAIKAL to KARACHI: Terrorist links.

 We are enclosing the Junior Vikatan dated February 12 of 2010 which reports about seizure of explosives in Karachi by the Karachi CID Superintendent of Police Fiyaz Khan in last October 2009.

  The news, Junior Vikatan states had been reported in DAWN, PAKISTHAN DAILY, with photographic evidence of showing the NAME of the SUPPLYING FACTORY situated in Karaikal.

ASIAN TRIBUNE had also reported this, the story also tells that for entire South East Asia, explosives had been supplied from Karaikal. The news report states that in the bomb blast that took place in Bali Island too explosives had come from Karaikal. Not only the Karaikal Collector Vasantha Kumar had failed to prevent this, nor did he have the moral courage to own his faux pas and resign on his own, the moment Pakistan dailies reported this smuggling from the region of his control. Because of neglect by main enclave of Puducherry we started demanding UT status for Karaikal. As a result then Chief Minister Rangasamy, without clearance from Home Ministry had declared Karaikal as District. Few months back Union Minister of State Mr.V.Narayanasamy publicly stated as reported in media that he will hasten the process to get official stamp of Union Home Ministry for the declaration of Karaikal as District. Hence we are not sure whether our Collector is a Collector or is like a Collector, which people ask whether he is like a wife or concubine. The failure of Home Ministry to give approval for District status can be condoned by granting UT status and relieving the so-called Collector, against whom we nurse no personal grudge but place before you a Fact File on Karaikal. First is Junior Vikatan Report which comes as enclosure.

 SECOND EVIDENCE: DINAMANI TAMIL DAILY REPORT.

 The Tamil Daily with unblemished record in reporting news in neutrality , DINAMANI dated 15 th February 2010 had published a lengthy story titled WHETHER SECURITY WILL BE BEEFED UP IN KARAIKAL. We are not translating entire version, leaving it to your office to translate in Hindi or English, but you can easily grasp the issues highlighted, hence to avoid our letter becoming too lengthy we refrained from translating line by line.

 ACTIONS SOUGHT WITH REASONS  For SEEKING SUCH UNPRECENTED ACTION.

 Not only to contain but also to weed out terrorism from Karaikal Union Home Ministry must take over Karaikal under its direct control. Pending decision on UT demand, immediately UNION GOVERNMENT must post IAS and IPS officers with clean records , post Intelligence officials, and completely end the nexus between local politicians and bureaucracy which shields all anti social, why anti national activities in this region.

  •  During 1994-1995 The Coimbatore blast fame Imam Ali practiced and perfected his terrorist activities by carrying out rehearsals living in Ammayar Nagar of Karaikal. 
  • During 1993-1998 the J.S.Rifawee, SIMI activist stayed in Jamia Pushra Women’s College of Karaikal as Principal. 
  • In the first week of August 2004 revolver with rounds were found under a culvert near Karuthakudi Road opposite to SPIC in Tirunallar. 
  • In 2003 November end long sickle, butcher’s knife and nail enabled concrete box was found in a house of PFI activist at Dharmapuram area of Karaikal. 
  • All email or mail threats are emanating from Karaikal. These mails purported to be sent by terrorist organizations like Lakshari Taiba, Indian Muhajudeen, JamawoodDawa, Huji etc are rooted and routed from Karaikal.  The threat of 29.3.2008 is known to Karaikal Police Town P.S which seized the matter. On 5 th January 2009 Air India of Chennai received a threat from Karaikal. On 9.3.2009 when a mail claimed the seizure of bag with lethal weapons and explosives, this frequency of threats emanating from Karaikal came to light. Identical mails reached both Karaikal and Nagapattinam Superintendents of Police. 
  • Suspicious murders of Karaikal Region: MARG Port DGM Saravanan, Personal Assistant of Opposition Leader A.M.H.Nazim, Thiru Saravanan etc is tip of the iceberg, of suspicious unresolved murders which Union Home Ministry must unravel. The murderer of Poondi Selvam, a leader from neighbouring Tamil nadu sought shelter in Karaikal.The politician-mafia nexus here warrants direct Union Home Ministry’s intervention. 
  • Lack of Immigration unit in Karaikal is resulting in illegal entry of even crew members of foreign members as verification is not done. Free port to smuggle explosives, free port with wide open gates for foreigners is what Puducherry Government had given us in the name of development. Even after the Special Audit by CAG on directions of Home Ministry, it is learnt the RBI and SEBI blacklisted contractors who bagged the contracts are enjoying patronage of local Port Minister, who continues to hold most portfolios making the Chief Minister a dummy Chief Minister. The allocation of land to Puducherry and Karaikal Ports made without the clearance of the Union Home Ministry necessitates a review by a high level committee of Union Home Ministry to completely trace down all decisions taken in violation of rules and regulations floating all norms of governance, thereby openly challenging Government of India.  

This had made us to appeal to Union Government to come to our rescue and to immediately bail us out by taking Karaikal under direct Home Ministry’s control. 

With Regards  Yours sincerely

     N.Nandhivarman   Hon.President                                       A.S.T.Ansari Babu                   General Secretary