CRS is not in the railway budget of 2011-12
This morning I woke up to a bad or sad news about Bengaluru CRS. Spoke with IDS over the phone and he broke the news that Mamta's budget didn't had anything to say about Bengaluru CRS. That was really heart breaking. That too after so much work put down by Namma Railu team, Bengaluru CRS was nowhere to be heard in entire budget speech.
After reading through the entire railway budget speech, it was time for more bad news. Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad all got more funds for strengthening their existing CRS network. Kolkata got teh gift of Mamta Didi with KRVC for CRS in Kolkata. Isn't it unfair that after so much publicity in media baout commuter rail for Bengaluru, the railway budget saying NO.
It will be interesting to know how KVRC found its way getting approved by Indian Railways. As IDS pointed out, IR/SWR is throwing a rule book in face of demands for Namma Railu.
Sanjeev has posted a link attributing to MoS Shri Muniyappa's take on IR giving a miss to Bengaluru CRS -City misses date with suburban trains, minister blames state
According to MoS "Railway ministry yet to receive proposal, expects more support from the government in implementing projects".
Sanjeev is quite right in saying it is a mess due to poor co-ordination between state and railways.
At the outset, it is really a classic case of political negligence and criminal discrimination. Time to wake up and take this fight to IR and GOK.
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