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AP gets fair deal in budget: Muniyappa

Staff Reporter

PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR

Union Minister of State for Railways K.H.Muniyappa being felicitated by elected representatives in Vijayawada on Sunday.—

VIJAYAWADA: Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Sunday asserted that in the Railway budget, all efforts were made to accommodate the demands of the MPs from Andhra Pradesh so that the State stood next only to West Bengal in getting significant allocations, new trains and development-related projects.

Addressing a press conference Mr. Muniyappa said that allocations were made for several ongoing projects in Andhra Pradesh and other projects would also be considered for implementation at a later stage.

Based on the requests made by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and MPs from the State, a major share was given to the State to meet the needs of the people here, he added.

Mr. Muniyappa informed that the budgetary allocation for the State for ongoing new lines, gauge conversion, doubling and electrification have increased substantially by 27 per cent when compared to last year and the funds allocated for ongoing projects this year came to Rs. 942.38 crores when compared to Rs. 744.08 crores last year.

About 31 new trains announced this year would pass through or originate from the State and Shatabdi Train service from Pune to Secunderabad was announced to reduce travelling time.

Stating that seven new projects were sanctioned for the State, Mr. Muniyappa said that the total of these projects would come to Rs. 4,386 crores and an outlay of Rs. 32 crore has been earmarked for these projects.

He explained that it would not be possible to allocate more funds at one go and also to complete any project as they would be undertaken on a long-term basis.

Mr. Muniyappa said that those who were feeling let down in the budget need not harbour those feelings as there were many ways that the railways would try to include the aspirations of one and all.

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