Highest ever allocation for WB in rail funds; non-availability of land delaying tasks: Goyal

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The allocation of Rs 6,636 crore to ballot sure West Bengal is the best ever funds earmarked for the state within the historical past of Indian Railways, Minister Piyush Goyal mentioned Thursday, blaming successive state governments for the delay in rail tasks within the state.

West Bengal has 53 ongoing tasks together with new strains, gauge conversion, doubling tasks costing Rs 48,275 crore for 4,463 km.

“The allocation for West Bengal is the highest ever in the history of Indian Railways. It is 2.5 times the average amount allocated between Budget 2009-2014 and 26 per cent more than last year,” he mentioned whereas addressing a press briefing.

“Projects there remain incomplete or are delayed because the state governments – first it was the Left front government and now the TMC– have been unable to provide land to us. Projects which are 45 year old are pending in the state,” he mentioned.

“I appeal to Mamata didi to expedite the process and give us land,” he mentioned.

Goyal mentioned that as a result of non-availability of land, as many as 34 tasks within the state have acquired solely token allotment within the funds 2021-22.

With a watch on the upcoming Assembly polls within the state, Goyal mentioned that there was no scarcity of funds for West Bengal.

“I want to assure the people of West Bengal that there is no shortage of funds for projects in the state. Only there should not be any shortage of land and local issues are sorted then projects will be completed on time,” he mentioned.

Goyal additional took a dig at pre-BJP budgets the place the Railway Budget was separate and mentioned that at the moment there was an inclination to announce rail tasks for political good points and never for the necessity of the individuals.

“Once someone became a minister, he would announce projects without first checking if there were funds available, if land was available and if the project was feasible. That is the reason why none of the projects which were announced then could be completed and there would be major cost overruns. So, inspired by politics this harmed the railways,” he mentioned.

“Now, we have decided that we will start a project only after we have the land required for it. We have identified critical and super critical projects which would be completed in a focussed manner. Over the next four years, the Railways will emerge as a vibrant contributor to the Indian economy,” he added.