The Railway Budget presented by the Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal evoked mixed response in Udupi district.

K. Venkatesh Kini, president of Mookambika Railway Yatri Sangha, Byndoor, said that the provision of the Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit (DEMU) service from Bhatkal to Thokur would benefit people of the coastal districts.

But it would have been better if the service had been extended to Mangalore Central. The provision of Madgaon-Mangalore Intercity daily is another move that is widely appreciated.

But the Budget made no mention of creating a Mangalore Division, which had been a long-pending demand. “Overall, it is not bad,” he said.

Bhojaraj Shetty, president of District Small Industries Association (DSIA), said the proposal to have road over bridges at level crossings was extremely good from the safety point of view. R.L. Dias, president of Udupi Railway Yatri Sangha, said that the Sangha had demanded a stoppage to Kochuveli-Dehradun Express and Kochuveli-Amritsar Express, in Udupi.

The Sangha had also sought a train from Vasco-Da-Gama (Goa) to Mangalore; a halt for CST-Mangalore Super Fast Train at Dadar in Mumbai, and a bi-weekly train from Bandra-Vasai Road Junction to Mangalore. But none of these demands had been met. “It is a disastrous budget for the Coastal region,” he said.

MP happy

Jayaprakash Hegde, Udupi-Chikmagalur MP, said many projects had been sanctioned for the coastal districts. The NSD centre in Mangalore, new line from Chikmagalur to Sakleshpur, Madgaon-Mangalore Intercity Express, Mangalore-Kacheguda Express, DEMU services from Bhatkal to Thokur and Madgaon to Karwar, would benefit coastal and Chikmagalur districts.

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