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Railway budget has not accorded proper attention to state, rues CM

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Mumbai, Feb 24 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has expressed unhappiness over the Railway Budget for ''failing to accord proper attention to Maharashtra''.

But, he was happy that there were no hike in the fares.

Mr Deshmukh said 55 lakh commuters travel by local trains daily in Mumbai and there should have been more provisions for these commuters.

An official release, quoting the Chief Minister, said the budget has given justice to the disabled and farmers by giving 50 per cent concessions.

He said though there was no major programme for Maharashtra, still installation of 200 ticket vending machines for local commuters as well as new trains like Mumbai Garibrath Express and increasing the frequency of Belgaum-Miraj Express and several other trains would benefit the people of the state.

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