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Rail budget disappointing: Achuthanandan

india Updated: Feb 13, 2009 19:04 IST

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Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan on Friday said the railway budget for 2009-10 was quite disappointing for the state as none of its demands had been met.

The proposal to reduce the passenger fares by 2 per cent was welcome. But it was strange that freight charges had been left untouched despite steady fall in diesel price, Achuthanandan told reporters.

He said the state had submitted five schemes for consideration but none of them had been considered by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in his budget.

Achuthanandan, who was going to Delhi for attending the CPI (M) polit bureau meet slated for tomorrow, said he would try tomeet Prasad and convey the state's disappointment.

Meanwhile, LDF convener Vaikom Viswan said it was deplorable that not even a single new train had been allotted for Kerala by the budget, which announced 43 new trains for other parts of the country.