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Opp, TMC slam Centre’s decision to slash Rly funds

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

Ruling party and Opposition on Thursday condemned slashing of funds of several Railway projects for West Bengal by the Centre. Minister for parliamentary affairs Partha Chatterjee said a resolution will be forwarded to the Centre through the Speaker of the Assembly in this regard.

“People of West Bengal are severely deprived by the Centre. Several important projects of the railway will be shelved as funds for several projects has been cut by the Centre,” said Mr Chatterjee.

Mr Chatterjee said railway plays a vital role as a mode of transport for the state. “With rapid urbanisation and increase in population, both required a revamp of the transport system. However, the Centre is politicizing the issue,” he said.

Praising former railway minister Mamata Banerjee for taking initiatives to expedite large railway projects for West Bengal, he said no other railway minister ever took initiatives to
implement railway projects rapidly.

“Even several projects that were announced by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi were being executed slowly but Miss Banerjee invested utmost efforts to complete them during her tenure as railway minister,” he said.

Both CPI-M MLA Sujan Chakraborty and Congress MLA Manoj Chakraborty said their party would launch movements against the Centre for depriving the state by cutting down on funds for several important Railway projects.