The allocation of Rs 6,636 crore to West Bengal is the perfect ever budget earmarked for the state within the historical past of Indian Railways, Union Minister Piyush Goyal mentioned on Thursday, blaming successive state governments for the lengthen in rail tasks within the state.
West Bengal has 53 ongoing tasks together with new traces, gauge conversion, doubling tasks costing Rs 48,275 crore for 4,463 km.
“The allocation for West Bengal is the perfect ever within the historical past of Indian Railways. It is two.five instances the common quantity allotted between Budget 2009-2014 and 26 in keeping with cent greater than remaining yr,” Mr Goyal advised newshounds.
“Projects there stay incomplete or are behind schedule since the state governments – first it was once the Left entrance govt and now the TMC (Trinamool Congress) – had been not able to offer land to us. Projects which can be 45 yr outdated are pending within the state,” he mentioned. “I enchantment to Mamata didi to expedite the method and provides us land,” he mentioned.
Mr Goyal mentioned because of non-availability of land, as many as 34 tasks within the state have gained handiest token allotment within the price range 2021-22.
Assembly election in Bengal is due quickly. “I need to guarantee the folk of West Bengal that there’s no scarcity of budget for tasks within the state. Only there will have to now not be any scarcity of land and native problems are taken care of then tasks shall be finished on time,” Mr Goyal mentioned.
Mr Goyal took a dig at pre-BJP budgets the place the Railway Budget was once separate and mentioned that at the moment there was once a bent to announce rail tasks for political beneficial properties and now not for the desire of the folk.
“Once anyone was a minister, he would announce tasks with out first checking if there have been budget to be had, if land was once to be had and if the venture was once possible. That is the explanation why not one of the tasks that have been introduced then may well be finished and there can be primary price overruns. So, impressed by way of politics this harmed the railways,” he mentioned.