The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur, on Friday hit out at those criticising the railway budget, claiming it heralded the good days for the railways.
"This budget is the first step towards improving infrastructure, without which there can be no fundamental changes in the railways," Thakur told HT over phone.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has sanctioned `100 crore for Nangal -Talwara railway line, `160 crore for Bhanupalli-Bilaspur railway line and `95 crore for Chandigarh - Baddi railway line, said Thakur.
The survey for Hamirpur -Una Rail link, which was announced in the last year budget, is scheduled to be completed this year, he said, adding electrification of Una -Amb section was also sanctioned in the budget.
The BJP MP said the minister has given priority to Nangal-Talwara line in the Northern Railways by allocating `100 crore for the project.
Thakur claimed defence minister Manohar Parrikar had agreed to his demand of extending the Bhanupalli-Bilaspur railway line to Leh and sanctioning `1,000 crore for it from the defence budget, keeping in mind the strategic requirement for armed forces.
The BJP leader said it was for the first time the focus of rail budget was on completion of existing line, rather than announcements of new lines.
Thakur cited several projects like running of new trains from Una and completion of Una-Amb railway line to claim that he had taken constant efforts to improve railway facilities in his Hamirpur constituency,