The Railway Budget presented by Minister for Railways D.V. Sadananda Gowda has evoked mixed reactions from stakeholders in the region.
The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) Mysore branch, the Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), and the Mysore Industries Association (MIA) have welcomed the proposed high-speed link on the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai sector, introduction of train services between Ramanagaram and Bangalore, and assurance to complete the Mysore-Madikeri railway line project. The stakeholders have welcomed the decision not to hike fares again after the 14.2 per cent hike affected recently.
The MIA, which was batting for additional services and inter-city connectivity between Mysore-Hubli and other commercial centres, said there was a sense of dismay but they appreciated that the focus on completing pending projects. MIA president P. Vishwanath and general secretary Suresh Kumar Jain said the budget should have announced allocation for a second railway terminus for Mysore that was earlier proposed at Belagola.
The demand for a railway line between Chamarajanagar and Mettupalayam has been ignored, as also the upgrade of the Mysore Railway Workshop which caters to the entire Mysore and Bangalore division, they added.
Sudhakar Shetty of the FKCCI and A.S. Satish of Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry said not announcing new projects or services to Mysore was a disappointment but added that the survey for Mangalore-Sringeri-Shimoga line, tourist train to Karnataka, and emphasis on railway administration, safety, cleanliness were welcome measures.
Meanwhile, Pratap Simha, Mysore MP, has welcomed the assurance given in the budget that the Mysore-Madikeri railway line project would be completed and the State government has come forward to share the cost. Mr. Simha said the completion of the project and commissioning of train services will give a boost to tourism in the region.
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