PDP welcomes rail budget; Congress angry

Acknowledging the increase in the frequency of train service between Banihal and Budgam, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesdaysaid it would bring much needed relief to the commuters.

In a statement the party president, Mehbooba Mufti said, however, the frequency needs to be increased on Badgam-Baramula line also to ease pressure in North Kashmir as well.

She said it was encouraging that Railway Ministry had responded to this long felt need which was brought to the notice of railway minister, D V Sadananda Gowda, last month, by her and her colleagues, in the Lok Sabha, Muzzafar Hussain Baig and Tariq Hameed Karra.

Mehbooba said the party had taken up other issues related to the expansion of railways in Jammu and Kashmir, in the areas like Poonch-Rajouri, Kupwara and Chenab Valley, as well, as the need for completing the Katra-Banihal construction of railway line on priority.

The PDP chief, who represents South Kashmir in the Lok Sabha, said the projects will be pursued with zeal in the parliament and with the railway ministry to upgrade transportation in the state which is faced with such communication hurdles as could be removed only through railways

Meanwhile, Congress party while terming the Railway Budget as hollow and disappointing for Jammu and Kashmir said that it offered nothing new to the state where over one crore pilgrims visit annually apart from normal passengers.

Ravinder Sharma , the Chief Spokesman of J&K Congress said that BJP government had already announced unprecedented hike in Railway fare and freight rates before the budget, so it is wrong to suggest that this budget is without any hike in fare and freight.

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