Union budget: Maharashtra gets ₹38,492 crore for its railway projects
The budget was announced on January 31 but these details were released by the zonal railways on Thursday, just five days before municipal corporation and district council elections in the state.mumbai Updated: Feb 17, 2017 10:21 IST
The first Union budget merged with the railway budget gave Maharashtra new rail projects worth Rs38,492 crore. This included three big-ticket suburban railway projects worth Rs28,546 crore. Also, around Rs4,995 crore was allocated for ongoing projects in the state.
The budget was announced on January 31 but these details were released by the zonal railways on Thursday, just five days before municipal corporation and district council elections in the state.
It stated that of the Rs4,995 crore allocated for ongoing projects Rs1,266 crore is for works under the Mumbai Urban Transport projects (MUTP).
The railways highlighted that Rs630 crore has been allocated for MUTP-II and other projects, while Rs636 crore is for that for MUTP-III.
These figures, however, differ from the details in the railways’ ‘Work, Machinery and Rolling Stock Programme for 2017-18’ — popularly known as the ‘pink book’ — which states that Rs137 crore and Rs411.49 crore have been allocated for MUTP-II and MUTP-III, respectively.
Apart from this, Rs1,182 crore has been allocated to Vidarbha, Rs780 crore to Marathwada and Rs810 crore to Konkan, while Western Maharashtra has been given Rs500 crore and North Maharashtra Rs 457 crore to fund its ongoing railway projects.
Officials from the Western Railway (WR) said that a provision of Rs2,341 crore has been made in the budget for new projects on its line.
According to Central Railway, three projects worth 28,546 crore have been sectioned for Mumbai.
It includes Rs12,131 crore for CST-Panvel elevated corridor, Rs8,787 crore for quadrupling the Vasai-Diva-Panvel line and Rs7, 628 crores Bandra-Virar elevated project.