KARNATAKA

Yeddyurappa happy with Mamata’s response

‘More than expectations’: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday.

‘More than expectations’: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Wednesday hailed the Railway Budget and said: “Nobody had cleared such a huge number of schemes for Karnataka ever since the country got Independence.” “The response for the requests made by Karnataka is more than expected,” Mr. Yeddyurappa remarked at a press conference in Bangalore.

Pointing out that Karnataka’s average railway network of 14 km per 1,000-sq.km. area was lower than the country’s average, he said the schemes announced in the budget for Karnataka would help boost the railway network in the State.

He hailed the announcement of new railway lines on cost-sharing basis, projects to be taken on PPP model and granting permission to conduct railway recruitment exams in regional languages.

He thanked Union Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee and Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa for clearing several schemes for the State. He said he would write a letter to Ms. Banerjee expressing the State’s commitment to provide Rs. 600 crore a year to the Railways as its share towards some projects being done on cost-sharing basis.

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