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Raw deal for State in budget

10 February, 2018 5:17 PM
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With ₹923 crore for rail development, Kerala lower down in allocation

Kerala with an outlay of ₹923 crore is lower down among 21 States in budget allocation for rail development next fiscal.

Only Himachal Pradesh with ₹387 crore and Delhi with ₹268 crore are behind Kerala’s outlay. Percentage-wise, Kerala is in the 19th position.

Uttar Pradesh with an outlay of ₹7,685 crore, Maharashtra with ₹6,658 crore, and Madhya Pradesh with ₹6,359 crore top the list. The newly formed Telangana received ₹1,813 crore for developing the rail network.

Percentage-wise, Chhattisgarh tops the list with 1,173% increase in allocation compared to ₹311 crore on an average it got during the 2009-14 period. Though the Railway Board claims that Kerala’s outlay has increased by 148% in 2018-19 compared to the ₹372-crore allocation on an average during the 2009-14 period, the outlay has come down by ₹283 crore as the allocation for the State in the 2017-18 budget was ₹1,206 crore.

The paltry allocation will reflect in development works such as laying new lines, gauge conversion, yard remodelling, track renewal, electrical works, passenger amenities, and safety-related works in the State in next fiscal, an official told The Hindu.

Tamil Nadu got an outlay of ₹2,548 crore and Karnataka ₹3,353 crore as per the Pink Book of Railways. Kerala received ₹352.38 crore in 2014-15, ₹ 382.56 crore in 2015-16, and ₹1,104.06 crore in 2016-17 for rail development.

Source: thehindu.com

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