Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Railways at the crossroads

The rail budget will be gauged by the manner in which the railway minister is able to address five big challenges facing Indian Railways

New Delhi: This year’s railway budget will be the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) first rail budget in its second stint in office. Sadananda Gowda will become the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister to present a rail budget (allies held the portfolio in the alliance’s first stint in power between 1999 and 2004). The BJP, which won a majority in this year’s general election will have to tread a fine line between meeting expectations of voters and ensuring that the carrier’s finances do not sink deeper into the red.

Gowda’s budget will be gauged by the manner in which he is able to address five big challenges facing Indian Railways.

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