Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh termed the rail budget "highly disappointing" while opposition leaders called it "balanced and growth-oriented".

Talking to reporters in the state assembly on Tuesday, Raman Singh, heading the BJP government in the state, said it was a highly disappointing rail budget in which Chhattisgarh has been neglected.

"The people of Chhattisgarh had a lot of expectations from the budget because the state comes under a high-revenue generation region for the railways but the expectations were let down," he said.

When his attention was drawn to the new rail corridors provisioned for the state, he said: "These were actually state government projects, not of the railways."

But state Congress president Nandkumar Patel said: "It's balanced, growth-oriented and people's friendly as passenger fares has been left untouched and several new rail lines and surveys for new projects have been incorporated for Chhattisgarh".

(Agencies)

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