Kolkata: Centre clearly stated that no rail-routes in Bengal is being closed. The central government on Wednesday ends the suspense on this issue.
Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Centre for deciding to stop eight routes of the Eastern Railway in the state on the plea that they were “not commercially viable”. She dubbed the decision as a “politically motivated” one.
The eight routes which are to be stopped are Burdwan-Katwa, Sonarpur-Canning, Santipur-Nabadwipghat, Barasat-Hasnabad, Baruipur-Namkhana, Ballygunj-Budge Budge, Kalyani-Kalyani Simanta and Bhimgarh-Palastali.
“How can they (Centre) take such a decision without discussing it with the state government? This is a central government project, why will the state pay?” Mamata asked. Pointing out that the railways had recently increased the train fares, she sought to know why these projects were being stopped.