Low budgetary allocation for rail projects in Bihar irks Chamber
Patna,(BiharTimes): Upset over low budgetary allocation of funds for pending rail projects in the state in the Union budget 2016-17 the Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries has written a letter to railway minister Suresh Prabhu.
According to the new Chamber president P.K. Agrawal low budgetary allocation would prove a bottleneck in timely completion of rail projects.
He said ancillary units which are generally set up in the vicinity of such workshops would not come up and this in turn would affect industrial growth and creation of employment opportunities in Bihar.
The letter referred to the Dalmianagar wagon overhauling workshop, Marhaura diesel locomotive unit and construction of a loco shed in Barauni.
A copy of letter has been submitted to chief minister Nitish Kumar too.
Traders and industrialists bodies of Bihar had on February 1 itself criticized the Union Budget for ignoring Bihar, especially in railway sector. Not a single train has been given to the state nor has any major announcement been made.
This is the first time since 1924 that the Railways has no separate budget. This has sparked off fear that it may soon be privatized.
Some retired top railway officials have already expressed concerned over deterioration in the functioning of Indian Railways in the last few years.