Former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Thursday said he found nothing new in the railway budget, except for introduction of bio-vacuum toilets, which, he said, were “dangerous” if passengers were not made aware about their working properly.
“There is nothing new in the railway budget except for bio-vacuum toilets...but I don’t know how successful it will be. It is dangerous if people are not aware of it. I don’t know how much awareness has been created about it?” Bansal told the media here.
“Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has tried to take credit for many things. He talked about dedicated freight corridor. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had long back started it by creating two corridors —eastern and western. Important is what will be the financial model?” he added.
Bansal claimed that the BJP-led NDA government was “repeating” what had been done by the UPA regime.
“During the UPA regime, bids for 1,500-km were invited for the dedicated freight corridor. If the proposal was not passed then, there ought to be some drawbacks,” he said. Bansal said two locomotive factories announced by Prabhu had been a decision taken by when he was the railway minister.
“Whatever they have said, I hope people get that,” he said. Earlier, railway minister Suresh Prabhu, while presenting the rail budget, said co-operation, collaboration and communication were the hallmarks of Indian Railways’ journey forward.
He also said three pillars of the strategy — nav arjan (new revenues), nav manak (new norms) and nav sanrachna (new structures) — had been laid out to reflect the new thought process.