Budget 2018: Mumbai railways gets Rs 11,000 crore but how well will it be spent?

Mumbai: The finance minister of India, Arun Jaitley has finally announced the Union budget 2018-19 in which he has introduced many new plans and policies to make India global economically powerful nation. While presenting the budget, Mr Jaitley allocated various facilities to the department of agriculture, health and finance. However, when it comes to the financial capital of India, Mumbai, Mr Jaitley focused only on railways.

Apparently, while presenting a budget, Arun Jaitley said, “Rs 11,000 crore is being allocated for the Mumbai suburban railways.” He also mentioned while presenting the budget that, “Doubling of 18,000 km and work on 5,000 km of third and fourth lines to convert them into broad gauge will eliminate capacity constraint. It will also transform almost the entire network into broad gauge.”

This Rs 11,000 crore rupees will be spent to work on railway track doubling of around 90 km. If we take a look at this plan then we could say that this plan is very tough to execute. After all, in Mumbai, there is harbour line as well as some of the suburban areas, where there are only two tracks. And, if the government is executing this plan, they must take care of the slum areas near railway tracks of harbour lines.

In Mumbai, there are various places where local trains pass through very congested places. Whereas, there are many areas near local track that are being redeveloped under SRA and MHADA. Therefore, it is necessary for Mumbaikars to take this plan seriously into consideration.

Soon after FM Jaitley’s announcement on Mumbai railway, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Celebrate Mumbai!”

Though the Budget 2018-19 seems to be showing ambitious plans and policies to make India as a developed country, on the other hand, it is not in favour of common man of India.

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