Mumbaiites unhappy as big-ticket projects picked over their demands
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s second budget turned out to be a mixed bag for the 75 lakh suburban commuters in Mumbai. The budget has provisions to improve commute in the long- term, but it did not provide any short-term relief for passengers, said transport experts and com- muters’ organisations.
Although the minister did not hike fares, commuters in the city were hoping that Prabhu, a f ellow Mumbaiite, would announce various immediate measures to ease their daily travel. They were primarily expecting measures to reduce the crowding in trains with the introduction of more suburban services and additional tracks.
However, Prabhu put futuristic big-ticket projects such as the elevated rail corridors between Churchgate and Virar and CST and Panvel, and the much-talked about Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project on track.
He announced the creation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) within a month to kickstart the Rs98,000- crore bullet train project.
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