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West Bengal Elections

its geographical distribution, which is the more important aspect of the matter. It certainly does not speak for the success of objectives of decentralised development or balanced regional growth. As the draft Sixth Plan puts it. one of the reasons for the logger lead of railway goods traffic is that "foodgrains are now being moved from Punjab to Kerala and similarly cement and fertiliser from south to destinations in the north all the way by rail". The Sixth Plan's assertion that the average lead of railway goods traffic can be reduced or at least stabilised by, among other devices, '"paying attention to optimum location patterns of economic activity" will no doubt remain a pious hope.

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