Allocation for Orissa inadequate: former railway minister

February 26th, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 26 (IANS) The railway budget for 2008-09 presented Tuesday has improved allocations for projects relating to Orissa but these are still not adequate, former minister of state for railway K.C. Lenka said. “It is a common man’s budget because railway fares have not been hiked,” Lenka told IANS from Delhi. However, the senior Congress leader from the state added that the funds allocated for projects relating to Orissa were not sufficient.

While the allocation is good compared to last year, it is still not sufficient, he said.

The budget has allocated at least Rs.80 crores (Rs.800 million) to improve the Paradeep-Haridaspur railway line and announced four new trains for Orissa, apart from increasing frequencies of some trains, said Lenka.

But no adequate funds have been allocated for the Khordha-Bolangir railway line, which has been going on for 15 years.

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