08 Mar

Highlights from Railway Budget 2015

Check out important points from Railway Budget 2015:

● No increase in passenger fares
● SMS alert to be introduced for train timings
● To introduce air-conditioned coaches for suburban trains
● Wi-fi to be available at 400 railway stations
● To revamp station redevelopment policy completely
● To have bidding system for redevelopment of stations
● To develop 10 satellite railway stations this year
● On-board entertainment facility could be extended on Shatabdi trains
● Mobile charging stations will be introduced general class coaches
● Wagon-making scheme to be reviewed to make it easier for private investment
● To improve cleanliness & design of bed linen
● All India 24×7 grievances helpline 138 to start soon
● 7,000 more toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets, New toilets at 650
stations, more vacuum toilets
● Passenger travelling unreserved can procure a ticket within 5 minutes
● Mobile application to address complaints of people is also being developed
● Hand-held devices for ticket checkers for moving towards paperless ticketing
● Centrally managed railway display network in over 2000 stations in next 2 years
● We are committed to provide rail connectivity to North Eastern states
● CCTVs to be introduced in select trains and suburban trains for women safety
● Train Protection Warning System, Train Collision Avoidance System
● Tickets can be booked 120 days in advance instead of 60 days
● Plan expenditure to go up to a record Rs 1.1 lakh crore in 2015-16 from
Rs 66,000 crore in the previous year
● Railways plans to spend over Rs 8 lakh crore over five years
● We will introduce train sets saving 20% of journey time, similar to bullet trains in design, and that can run on existing tracks
● Feasibility report of high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad expected by mid-2015
● The speed passenger trains across nine corridors will be increased to 160-200 km from 110 km
● Railways to go through transformation in five years; to increase track capacity by 10 per cent to 1.38 lakh km
● To monetise assets rather than sell them
● To set up full-fledged Railway University in FY16
● Rs.2000 crore for Coastal Connectivity Program; Rs.2500 crore through BOT/Annuity route
● 6608 kms of track to be electrified
● Projects worth Rs 96,182 crore to expand capacity of 9,420 km rail lines
● Drawing up comprehensive policy to tap latent advertising potential

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