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Citizens for Bengaluru MEDIA RELEASE 6th Feb 2017
CfB expresses disappointment about lack of budget allocation for Bengaluru Suburban Train service; demands action from Union Ministers representing the city; will escalate #ChukuBukuBeku movement
In a statement released to media today, Citizens for Bengaluru, the collective that spearheaded the ‘Chuku Buku Beku’ movement to raise awareness about commuter rail service expressed disappointment about the railway budget presented as part of the union budget 2017.
Srinivas Alavilli, CfB coordinator said “Considering Mr Suresh Prabhu personally assured the representatives of CfB in a public meeting on Jan 16th, 2017 during his visit to Bengaluru in the august presence of Ministers, MPs, and MLAs (both from BJP and the Congress) quote “you have nothing to worry”, “today we are announcing the suburban trains” end quote, it was particularly disappointing to see the complete lack of mention for Bengaluru suburban trains in the budget. We are highly disappointed with Mr Prabhu’s lack of commitment to Bengaluru and the citizens of Bengaluru demand answers. Two of our city MPs are Union Ministers and yet, they could not advocate the most important and urgent need of our city. We urge them to act immediately to realize the dream”
Tara Krishnawamy, coordinator of CfB said “We believed Mr Prabhu’s personal assurance was worth its weight in gold but he let Bengaluru down. Bengaluru will not take this lying down and we will escalate our agitation until justice is done”
CfB believes the commuter train service is an urgent need of our city, suffering from severe traffic congestion and pollution and held ‘ChukuBukuBeku rail yatra on December 16, 2016 when 1600 people boarded the train from Cantonment station to Whitefield. 50 city corporators and 25,000 citizens signed in support of this demand all of which has been personally submitted to the Railway Minister during his visit on Jan 16th, 2017