While the Railway Budget has brought some cheer to the people of North Karnataka with seven trains passing through the region, it has left the coastal region, central Karnataka and south interior Karnataka disappointed.
Though no new projects were announced in the Budget, Rail Minister Mallikarjun Kharge proposed the introduction of 73 new trains, extended three trains and increased the frequency of three trains.
The state got 11 new trains, including six weekly trains, two bi-weekly trains and three daily trains, five new surveys and increase in the frequency of three existing trains.
The Budget includes direct trains from Gulbarga and Hubli to major cities like Mumbai and Hyderabad, besides surveys for new lines passing through north Karnataka towns. A few new trains between towns in the region have also been announced in the Budget.
Though the state might not have got many new trains compared to the last few budgets, the Railway Minister had promised to do whatever possible to expedite ongoing projects in the state.
Once the pink book, which mentions allocations made for different projects is made accessible, it will be clear if Kharge has fulfilled all his promises.