Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Railway Budget 2014-15: Highlights

Union Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda presented his maiden Railway Budget in Parliament on Tuesday. Here are the highlights of this Budget.

Railway Budget 2014-15: Highlights* No new increase in passenger fares and freight charges
* Bullet train in Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector
* Diamond quadrilateral for high speed trains
* Plan to hike speed of trains to 160-200 km/hr in 9 sectors
* Online booking to support 7,200 tickets per minute; to allow 1.2 lakh users log in simultaneously
* Reservation system to be revamped, ticket-booking through mobile phones, post offices to be popularised
* Online platform for unreserved tickets
* Combo parking-platform tickets at stations
* Women RPF Constables to escort ladies coaches; 4,000 women constables to be inducted
* Retiring room facility to be extended to all stations
* Battery operated cars for differently-abled and senior citizens at major stations
* Feedback services through IVRS on quality of food
* Food can be ordered through SMS, phone; Food courts at major stations
* Cleanliness budget up by 40 per cent over last year
* CCTVs to be used at stations for monitoring cleanliness
* Setting up of corpus fund for stations’ upkeep; RO drinking water in some stations and trains
* Automatic door closing in mainline and sub-urban coaches
* 58 new trains and extension of 11; 864 additional EMUs to be introduced in Mumbai over 2 years
* FDI in railway projects, except in operations
* FDI, domestic investments in rail infrastructure
* Office-on-Wheels: Internet & workstation facilities on select trains
* WiFi in A1, A category stations and in select trains
* Railways university for technical and non-technical subjects
* Some stations to be developed to international standards through PPP model
* Parcel traffic to be segregated to separate terminals to make passenger traffic unhindered
* Loss per passenger per kilometre up from 10 per cent in 2000-01 to 23 per cent in 2012-13
* Solar energy to be tapped at major stations
* Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 65,455 crore for 2014-15
* Expenditure in 2014-15 pegged at Rs. 149,176 crore.

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