Even while hailing the pro-people railway budget,rail users and experts have pointed out the absence of trains to Rajasthan and Kerala despite long-pending demands.
They also demanded immediate electrification of the Pune-Daund section. The experts deliberated on the budget at Patrakar Bhavan after the presentation. Even though the budget is positive,with many provisions for the common man,it has still not given attention to the long-pending demand of starting new trains to Rajasthan. There is still no mention of a train on the Pune-Ajmer route. This neglect is happening despite a good revenue in the route, said Kaluram Prajapati of Prajapati Vikas Sangh.
Kanubhai Trivedi,president of Pune Pravasi Sangh,said though the speed at which Pune is getting attention is slow,it has been steadily getting one of its wishes fulfilled every year.
Jayashree Pendse of Railway Pravasi Mahasangh said,The budget has been prepared keeping in mind the social needs. It incorporates various positives like Ijjat or travel with dignity,non-stop trains for the business class and a doctor in long-distance trains.
President of Pune-Mumbai Railway Pravasi Sangh Hemant Tapale said,The budget has many positive moves for ordinary people like low fares,special trains for youths and women. Pune too has got some respite,though long-pending demands like trains to Rajasthan have not been met. The Lonavala-Daund route needs to be expanded to four lanes while the Pune-Daund route needs to be electrified soon
Major (retd) Mathew Oommen welcomed the budget,saying that this years budget has got a national face. This time,we got a realistic budget,which has a national face.
He said despite 4.5 lakh Keralites residing in Pune,there has been a sheer neglect as far as starting direct trains to the state is concerned. He said more focus should be given to maintenance of trains and railway stations ; more facilities should be provided to defence personnel as well.
Chandmal Parmar of MCCIA transport committee said Pune had not received much in the budget,though there had been some positive announcements at the national level. Babu Nair,a Congress leader,said the demand of Malayalee community in Pune for increasing the frequency of Poorna Express from once a week to at least thrice a week has not been met.