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Reaction from BJP MLA, Mangal Prabhat Lodha on today's rail budget

"Modernization and development come across as key focus areas in the new government's first rail budget. In terms of services, the consumer stands to gain as the budget allocates resources to high-priority areas like women's safety, cleanliness and capacity augmentation. There is a 40% increase in the allocation for cleanliness - an issue that both the railways and commuters have been troubled with.

In keeping with the times, the budget has taken into account the growing number of online buyers. The e-ticketing mechanism is being strengthened to allow 120,000 simultaneous bookings. The government also plans to offer commuters wi-fi at select stations and on select trains.

The long-cherished dream of bullet trains is becoming a reality. I'm pleased that the first such train would connect Mumbai to Ahmedabad and also that Mumbai's suburban network will also get 864 more EMUs.

I compliment our Prime Minister and the Railway Minister for presenting a far sighted budget which will work to provide long-term improvement and benefits to passengers."

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