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Budget vengeful, says TMC leader

Budget vengeful, says TMC leader
Though Bengal was certainly not expecting a largesse from the Union Rail Budget, curtailing allocation for projects may not actually augur well for the state’s development. Trinamool Congress leaders criticised the UPA government for neglecting the state. ‘This is a Rae Bareli budget, done with political vendetta against us,’ said TMC general secretary and former railway minister Mukul Roy.

No new Metro Railway project was announced on Tuesday. A number of Metro projects under construction at present have hit roadblocks, an official said. ‘The total project cost for these was Rs1.2 trillion. In the last two budgets, Rs10 billion was allocated. The actual spending till January 2013 was a mere Rs1 billion. Now that Rs 9 billion has remained unutilised, nobody is sure whether funds will be available when they are actually required,’ said an Indian Railways spokesperson.
Nandini Guha

Nandini Guha

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