Mumbai, Jul 4: Commuters in Mumbai, by and large, have welcomed this year's Railway Budget 2009-10, which Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee tabled in Parliament on Friday, Jul 3.
Most of Mamata's 13.6 million local train commuters described the budget provisions from travel as satisfactory.
"Bandra-Kurla complex and between Churchgate-Vihar there is a lot of land left for commercial exploitation. I feel it is a good step that a pubic-private partnership will be brought out to begin work on this land. But I hope this partnership gets implemented in a time bound manner," said Anand Mishra, a daily commuter.
Meanwhile, in Kolkata, people expressed their delight over the budget proposals.
"I feel happy to know about the rail budget. I think it has been presented for all, which include old men and women. New schemes have been initiated for the poor. There are point-to-point trains. Doctors have been provided for long distance travel. Fifty stations will be modified to international standards," said Sanjay Singh, an office employer.
Banerjee unveiled a mix of populist measures, including cheap tickets for the poor and no increase in freight or passenger fares, as well as steps to boost the sprawling system's efficiency and finances.