Kolkata: Hinting that the Trinamool
Congress will retain the Railways portfolio, Mamata Banerjee
on Tuesday said her departure from the ministry would not affect
"After my resignation, the Ministry of Railways will
stay with the Trinamool Congress hopefully and I will help my
colleague in its development," Banerjee, who will be resigning
shortly to take over as West Bengal Chief Minister, told a
"There is no reason to think that the Railways will
suffer. Bengal and the Railways will develop together. From
today Bengal and Railways have merged together," Banerjee said
at the programme to inagurate a number of projects near here.
"I have made a `Vision 20-20` and there will be no
problem for my colleague who takes over as the Minister of
Railways. He will only have to supervise the projects," she
Claiming that she had given 60 per cent funds for the
development of the railways and over 150 trains in the budget,
Banerjee said, "Nothing will stop. Only criticism doesn`t
work. One needs to have a will and dedication to work."
Banerjee inaugurated a number of new trains like the
Santragachi-Tirupati Superfast Express, Jhargram-Dhanbad MEMU,
Howrah-Uluberia local, Howrah Bandel-Bandel local and
Bankura-Rainagar passenger services to Mathnasipur.
There was also a formal inauguration for public
information for the Shalimar-Visakhapattanam Superfast Weekly
Express and the Shalimar-Puri Superfast Weekly Express.
Banerjee laid the foundation stones for a number of
new lines including Rainagar-Mathnasipur, Raigunj-Dalkhola new
line, Chalsa-Naxalbari, Pujali-Uluberia, Digha-Jaleswar and
Banerjee inaugurated the doubling of the
Palasi-Jiagunj and Gokulpur-Kharagpur and third line of
Sainthia-Tarapith, Nabadwipdham-Patuli and Bandel-Bainchi and
Jn gauge conversion of Aluabari Rd-Siliguri.
She also laid the foundation stone of the Rabindra
Museum at Howrah.