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Railway Minister seeks only Rs.1 lakh

Even as the Lok Sabha witnessed a marathon discussion on Supplementary Demands for Grants (Railways) for 2011-12 on Tuesday, it was Bhartuhari Mahtab of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) who pointed out that Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi was seeking release of only Rs.1 lakh from the treasury.
Inder Singh Namdhari, who was in the Chair, remarked that it would have been “crore not lakh,” but Mr. Mahtab said the demand indeed was for the figure he mentioned. “The Minister is very conscious about money,” the BJD member observed.
Nearly 30 members, cutting across party lines, who participated in the discussion raised demands pertaining to their respective constituencies. These related to either new stops for trains, railway bridges, new lines, or surveys for undertaking projects, faster trains and better facilities for passengers.
Nama Nageswara Rao of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) provided some lighter moments when he informed the House that railway projects though “socially desirable and economically viable” had not been implemented in the Bhadrachalam area of Andhra Pradesh in the past four decades. “There are tribals in Andhra Pradesh who have not seen a train or a railway line in their lives. And if the present policy continues, they may not even see one,” the TDP member said.
He said that it had become a ritual to announce with fanfare new projects and trains in the Railway budget every year but nothing was done to implement them within a given time frame
source- TheHindu

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