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Jaya condems Rly Budget for ignoring TN in freight corridor

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Chennai, Feb 25: Criticising the Railway Budget 2006-2007 presented in Parliament yesterday (Feb 24, 2006) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today (Feb 25, 2006) charged the Centre with failing to address the need to further the state's economic interests.

In a statement here, she said her government had made Tamil Nadu and particularly Chennai the manufacturing hub and 'jewel of the East,' which called for better infrastructure to handle ever rising freight traffic.

'True to its style and habit of being totally oblivious to the requirements of Tamil Nadu, once again the Centre has miserably failed to address the need to further the economic interests of the state by not announcing a dedicated freight corridor, originating from Chennai, to New Delhi and Mumbai, while announcing dedicated freight corridors for eastern and western sectors.' She said the Railway Budget presented by Mr Lalu Prasad did not provide any tangible benefits to the common man, although it professed that the common man was ''the deity'' of the Union Government.

On the announcement that output, growth and fund balances of the Indian Railways had made a historic turnaround, Ms Jayalalithaa expressed her disappointment that ''no honest attempt'' had been made to transfer benefits to the needy and poor sections of society.

UNI

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