Railway budget has failed to bring achhe din for Mumbaikars.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said, “Since Suresh Prabhu is a chartered accountant I had expected him to provide a people friendly budget but he has disappointed Mumbaikars. Thus, we commuters can only rely on Prabhu (The Almighty) while undertaking the journey. He has only reintroduced the schemes of the erstwhile UPA government by renaming them.”
“Even though there was no rail fare hike this year but even tariffs remained unchanged for several years during the UPA reign. Since there has been a fall in diesel prices railways stand to benefit out of it. Despite this railways have not passed on the benefits to commuters and instead had hiked fares last year,” he added.
Thane MP Rajan Vichare said, “Mumbaikars are worried about their safety while travelling in suburban trains. This time commuters can heave a sigh of relief as rail fares have not increased. The announcement made by the railway minister like the construction of elevated rail is a capital intensive and long term project.”
“Everyday around 10 people lose their lives while commuting in local trains but railway minister has not made announcements to improve safety of commuters. The railways had only woken up after the Bombay High Court had directed it to increase the height of platforms and construct emergency medical rooms for injured passengers,” he added.
MPCC President Ashok Chavan said, “The railway budget presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu lacks vision. He has made old announcements once again. While presenting the railway budget Prabhu has failed to give a clear picture about the railway’s fiscal health. He also has not mentioned about the previous targets set by railways and results achieved by it.”
Abhishek Singh, a Malad resident said, “The railways had hiked railway fares, increased cancellation charges and doubled the rate of platform ticket last year. Even though fares have not been revised this year they are earning money indirectly through the introduction of premium trains. The railways must take steps to introduce more trains, increase height of platforms, reduce congestion at stations and provide medical support to injured passengers.”
RTI activist Anil Galgali said, “The railway minister, who hails from Mumbai has made a mockery of the sentiments of 84 lakh passengers belonging to his own city Mumbai. There are no new trains and the budget involves a repetition of the same routine. The lifeline is becoming a death line.”
Art Director Jamaal Hussain said, “Why railway is saying that it is incurring losses to the tune of Rs 30,000 due to subsidisation of passenger fares? What is their intention? Are they in favour of privatisation or want to become a socially responsible organisation?”