"It is for the first time that the rail budget makes no provision for survey of new tracks or construction of rail lines in Uttarakhand. Nor does it make any announcement about new trains in the state.
"This neglect of Uttarakhand has disappointed me not just as its chief minister but also as a person," Rawat told reporters here.
Describing railway minister Suresh Prabhu as a balanced and good man, he said he expected a lot from him. "We had presumed that central Himalayan states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand which have long been neglected will get something in this budget but none of our
expectations was fulfilled," he said.

"It is sad that despite being strategically important national rail projects, Rishikesh-Karnaprayag and Tankpur-Bageshwar rail lines were struck off the list of prioritised rail projects and no budgetary allocations made for them," Rawat said.
No new trains were announced for Uttarakhand where there was a lot of scope for that. During UPA rule, 14 trains were begun for Haridwar and Rishikesh and eight for Kathgodam, he said.

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