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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Rail Budget : No hike in fares, better amenities for passengers

Presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16, Railway Minsiter Suresh Prabhu announced that there will be no hike in fares and unveiled plans for better amenities.

Disposable linen on payment to be available at all stations.
Railway helpline number 138 will become operational 24x7
Rail-cum-road ticket to be extended to many stations;
More trains to be added under scheme for ordering food while booking tickets
Toll free number 182 created for security related complaints
SMS alert service to be introduced on train arrival/ departure; CCTVs to be introduced in select trains and suburban trains for women safety
More general class coaches to be added in identified trains; more AC EMU services for Mumbai suburban section

Allotment for passenger amenities hiked by 67%
More general class coaches to be introduced, ladders to be replaced in coaches: Prabhu
24 to 26 coaches to be introduced in certain trains 
Railways is collaborating with NIFT and NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designs: Prabhu 

Railways to introduce train sets saving 20% journey time within next 2 years.
Rs 6,750 crore allocated for eliminating 3438 level crossings; 970 road-underbridge and road-overbridge to be constructed.
Preparing 5-year corporate safety plan to be ready in 3 months to identify annual quantifiable targets
Wagon-making scheme to be reviewed to make it easier for private investment; Speed on nine corridors to be increased from 110-130 to 160-200 kms per hour: Prabhu
Four dedicated freight corridors to be completed this year; 6608 kms of track to be electrified: Prabhu
Projects worth Rs 96,182 crore to expand capacity of 9,420 km rail lines
Transforming Railways will require us to partner with key stakeholders. We will work closely with the states, Suresh Prabhu said. 

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