They also sought his for speeding up the proposed expansion and modernisation of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and urged him to take steps to prevent shifting of a central from the state capital.
The state Government had been raising the demand for a separate railway zone for the state for quite some time, but the Centre’s contention was that a zone can be formed only when there are three rail divisions.
The state presently has only two divisions — Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad, which has been bifurcated. "We have raised our concerns regarding railway zone, Thiruvananthapuram airport and plans to shift the aquarium. He gave us a patient and promised to look into the issues," CPI(M) MP P Karunakaran said.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had also demanded a separate railway zone for the state, clubbing Palakkad, Salem and Thiruvananthapuram divisions.
"The earlier contention was that a zone can be allowed only when there are three divisions. Now there are three- Salem, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram — and we have a legitimate right for a railway zone," the MPs said