Special Correspondent

SEDAM: Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Monday indicated that passengers would be spared hikes in fares in the 2010-11 Railway Budget.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the Budget would be “pro-people and pro-development”. Two rounds of pre-budget discussions had been held already and demands received from various States had been thoroughly discussed.

He said that apart from the proposals from the State Government, Union Minister for Labour and Employment M. Mallikarjun Kharge and former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh had submitted detailed memoranda pertaining to the demands of Karnataka. “All these demands will be considered while formulating budget proposals,” he added.

Mr. Muniyappa said, “Karnataka will get justice in the budget this year”. On the demand for locating the divisional railway headquarters in Gulbarga and including it under the South Western Railway, the Minister said there were at least 35 such demands from across the country.

To a question, he said it had been tentatively decided to have the Garib Rath between Hyderabad and Bangalore stop at Sedam Station.

He also said the Railway Board would consider the proposal to introduce a new train between Solapur and Bangalore city via Gulbarga, Guntakal and other stations.