Modi govt increased rly budget for NE to Rs 10,200 cr: Minister

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Guwahati: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on May 29 said that before 2014, the allocation for the railways for the North East was Rs 2,000 crore but under the Narendra Modi government, it has increased to Rs 10,200 crore, helping expedite projects in the region.

Talking to reporters at the Guwahati railway station ahead of the launch of the semi-high-speed Guwahati-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express, he also said by June, all states where electrification of routes has been done, will have Vande Bharat trains.

Connecting Guwahati in Assam with New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, the train will help save about an hour of journey time, compared to the current fastest train connecting the two places. It will cover the journey in five-and-a-half hours while the current fastest train takes about six-and-a-half hours to cover the distance, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Sunday.

The minister also highlighted that before 2014, the allocation for railways for the northeast was Rs 2,000 crore. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi doubled it, tripled it, and making it five times has made it Rs 10,200 crore,” he said and added that this has expedited works and projects in the region.

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