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Dhumal says Mamata ignoring China threat

Shimla, Feb 24 (Calcutta Tube) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Wednesday found fault with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee for not approving railway lines to match China’s in the border region.

‘China has constructed a railway line from Beijing to Lahsa and is expanding rail and road network towards India. On the other hand, India is ignoring the construction of the Manali-Leh line of strategic importance. This is unfortunate,’ he said in a statement.

He said the minister had not included the 460-km Bhanupali-Manali-Leh rail line in her budget proposal presented in parliament Wednesday.

Dhumal said: ‘The budget is disappointing. The central government has again ignored the interests of the people of the state.’

The Nangal-Talwara rail line, on which work started a long back, had also been ignored though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised to complete it by 2008, he said.

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