With the focus on infrastructure development, the centre has allocated adequate funds for states to boost rail connectivity across the country.
While all states got an increase in the allocations to complete rail projects in their respective states, Himachal Pradesh got the maximum with Rs 1,780 crore allocation as against Rs 770 crore last year.
Odisha, which has elected Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to the Rajya Sabha, also got Rs 9,734 crore, a significant increase from Rs 5,528 crore last year.
The election bound Punjab has got Rs 3,543 crore as against Rs 1,515 crore last year while Uttar Pradesh has got Rs 14,761 crore as against Rs 12,696 crore in the last fiscal.
Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh also got fair increases in their allocations. While Rajasthan got Rs 7,565 crore as against Rs 4,986 crore last year, Madhya Pradesh was allocated Rs 12,110 crore this year as compared to Rs 7,700 crore in the last budget.
While the total capital expenditure has gone up from last year's 2.15 lakh crore to Rs 2.46 lakh crore, the gross budgetary support has also increased from Rs 1.07 lakh crore to Rs 1.37 crore this year.
Maharashtra, which has the maximum rail users for its massive local train network, received Rs 11,903 crore in the Budget 2022-23 as against Rs 7,107 crore in the last budget.
West Bengal has got Rs 10,262 crore this year, a significant rise from Rs 6,636 crore last year.
Another election bound state Uttarakhand has also given increased allocation from the last fiscal which has received Rs 4,948 crore as compared to Rs 4,432 crore last year.
Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh have also been allocated a fairly large amount in the budget to carry forward rail projects.
Tamil Nadu's share has increased from Rs 2,972 crore in 2021-22 to Rs 3,865 crore in 2022-23.
Karnataka's share has increased more than 50 percent from the last year. It has got Rs 6,091 crore as against Rs 3,897 crore last year while Gujarat has received Rs 4,745 crore as against Rs 4,484 crore last year.
Since Northeast is the focused state for the NDA government, it has got Rs 9,970 crore as compared to Rs 6,913 crore last year in the budget.
Jammu and Kashmir has got Rs 1,044 crore while Haryana got Rs 1,400 crore. Bihar's share has seen a rise from Rs 5,150 crore to Rs 6,606 crore this year while neighbouring state Jharkhand has got Rs 5,058 crore this year.
The southern state, Kerala has got Rs 1,085 crore as against Rs 871 crore last year. Another southern state Andhra Pradesh has also got a considerable increase from Rs 5,812 crore to Rs 7,032 crore.
Chhattisgarh's share was increased from Rs 3,650 crore last year to Rs 5,715 crore this year and Telangana's share was also hiked from Rs 2,420 crore to Rs 3,048 crore this year.
Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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