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  • Railway budget has neglected safety of passengers: Ramadas
  • Only Rs. 342 crore allocated for 26 projects in State

    MYSORE: Describing the Railway budget as a "package of assurances", former MLA and BJP leader A. Ramadas on Wednesday said that it had neglected the safety of passengers.

    In a press release issued here, Mr. Ramadas said that though the Railway Minister had announced, while presenting the budget for 2006-07, that a fully automatic system would be developed to avert collision of trains, there was nothing on the safety aspect even in the budget presented on Monday.

    Paltry

    Considering the revenue earnings from the State, the allocation was paltry, he added.

    The budgetary allocation for the 26 projects undertaken was only Rs. 342 crore. No attempt had been made to improve the connectivity of Karnataka with the northern part of the country and no new railway line had been announced for the State, Mr. Ramadas said.

    Eyewash

    Stating that the allocation made for the Bangalore-Mysore track doubling work as a mere eyewash, he said that though the clearance for the project was given in 2000-01, the Railway Minister did not show any interest in the early completion of the project.

    The allocation for taking up doubling work between Kengeri-Ramanagaram was only Rs. 11 crore, while the need was Rs. 60 crore, Mr. Ramadas said.

    MoU

    No allocation had been made for the doubling work between Ramanagaram and Mysore. Despite, the State Government signing a memorandum of understanding to release its share of funds three months ago, the Railway Minister had not made adequate provision, Mr. Ramadas said.

    Dream

    Though clearance had been given for the Chamarajanagar-Mettupalyam line, no allocation had been made. Announcement made with regard to Nanjangud-Neelambura-Talcherry-Mysore was mere eyewash. Trains linking Mysore, Ahmedabad and Delhi were still a distant dream, he said.

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