Railways’ jumbo gift to N Bengal: Rs 300 crore for doubling of tracks - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site A day after the two budgets,when west bengal cm cried foul over not getting enough for north bengal tea plantations n bengal being neglected as a whole,it now seems she was bluffing Not only did north bengal get its dream project sanctioned with plenty of money,it now appears bengal allocation in rail budget was around 1496 crores,3rd highest as a state,significantly higher than rail minister home state Karnataka at 1200crore n PM Modi's own state of Gujarat. While many of her stadia n nursing projects were abandoned,metro in kolkata got fair allocation,especially considering the fact that most projects r caught up in land tangles,due to non cooperation from the state,n for last 3 yrs,they have always been unable to spentgiven allocated money at the end of the year. Even the union budget gave handsome handouts to Indian Museum,Victoria Museum,National library,Asiatic society,E W metro,totalling above 200crore. Besides SRTFI,BESU,ISI,SINP all got handouts above 100crores each..besides getting a new AIIMS n a new research institute in Kolkata. 4800 crore for Haldia Allahabad navigation project,smart city promise under Kolkata Amritsar project,and huge gain from increased royalty rates for coal in Asansol n raniganj,this budget has given much to Bengal. But as is the bad luck of the state,its CM,instead of allowing speedy land allocation for these mega projects,chooses to play land politics.