Her bounty for Bengal and overall “pro-people” budget may yield Trinamool Congress political dividends, a study of the proposed railway plans in Mamataa Banerjee’s budget speech reveals.
The railway minister has announced a non-stop train from Howrah to Burdwan, reckoned as CPI(M)’s strongest belt, for the first time. There is no other similar service from Howrah or Sealdah to any other terminus in West Bengal. Burdwan is 100 km away from Howrah.
This decision, besides introducing another pair of Howrah-Burdwan local and Howrah-Memari local for the district, is likely to help and number of daily passengers of Burdwan.
A Howrah-Ajmer express has been given stoppage at Asansol in the same district.
For another strong Left belt, West Midnapore, too, Mamataa declared a number of new sanctions. Besides a pair of train for Howrah-Midnapore, and Howrah-Kharagpur routes each, she even declared her plans to connect Lalgarh through the railways. She plans a new rail route from Bhadutala (recently renamed as Jangalmahal) station via Lalgarh to Jhargram.
In another move, she announced a weekly express train from Left bastion of backward Purulia district to Viluppuram, via Midnapore and Kharagpur. A new Asansol-Tatanagar express, too, would have stoppage at Purulia.
In Hooghly, she sanctioned a pair of new trains for Tarakeswar and Haripal, both traditional Left strongholds, besides her own favourite turf, Singur.
For another Left citadel, Bolpur (distance 146 km), she announced a daily express train. A Howrah-Gaya express has also been given stoppage at Bolpur, while a Digha-Malda town express is given a stoppage at Rampurhat in the same district. An express train between Rampurhat and Burdwan would run thrice a week.
Office goers from traditional Left bastions of North 24 parganas and Nadia districts would also benefit a lot from the decision to run trains from Krishnanagar directly to BBD Bag, which is the prime location of government offices in Kolkata, including the Writers’ Buildings.