Cricket Icon –Sachin Tendulkar, who is also a Rajya Sabha member, has written a letter to Union railway minister Piyush Goyal regarding the better management of services for Mumbai’s suburban networks of Central Railway and Western Railway.
According to a report in TNN, Tendulkar wrote, “I am sure you will support this idea beyond the difficulties of implementation, it will provide much needed focus, budgetary assistance and exclusive administration to the needs of the people of Mumbai.”
While explaining the reason, Tendulkar said, “It will help optimise management of suburban railway stations and surrounding railway-owned land, and enable speedy decision-making, holistic planning and execution of projects. It will also free Mumbai suburban from overall supervision of Indian Railway, which remains largely preoccupied with maintenance of country's national rail network.”
It is also learned that Manoj Sinha –Minister of state for railway, had also replied to his query in the Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2015, but some senior officials said it was not feasible.
Recently, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has invited the batting legend to attend at least one match of the Nidahas Trophy, which is being held to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence.
Interestingly, today (7 March in 1998) in a match of the Nidahas Trophy, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly stitched a record 252 run-stand to help India to win the match by six runs.