Rollback rail fare hike: Tripura minister

March 15th, 2012 - 1:27 am ICT by IANS  

Agartala, March 14 (IANS) Tripura’s Left Front government wants a rollback of passenger fare hike proposed in the rail budget presented by Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi in parliament, a minister said Wednesday.

Transport and Food Minister Manik Dey demanded a rethink on the fare hike and told reporters that “like previous years, the infrastructure and industry-starved northeastern region was again ignored in the railway budget for fiscal 2012-13,”

He, however, admitted that it was a welcome development that the budget gave approval to the long-awaited railway project linking Agartala with Bangladesh’s southeastern city of Akhaurah.

“We are in the dark whether any budgetary allocation was made for the Agartala-Akhaurah railway project,” the minister said.

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