No hike in Passenger fare, three new trains introduced

prabhu-475Presenting his second budget in Lok Sabha today, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that there is no hike in passenger and freight charges for the next financial year as well. Three new modes of express services- Humsafar, Tejas and Uday will be introduced in the next fiscal. While Humsafar are 3rd A/C service, Tejas are 130 KM fast speedy trains. Aastha will connect all mainline pilgrim service and Uday will be Double Decker ones.


Here are the Highlights of the Rail Budget 2016-17:

  • No hike in passenger and freight charges
  • Overnight Double Decker Express- Uday in Business routes
  • Senior citizen quota to go up by 50%
  • Lower berth quota for senior citizens to go up by 50 per cent.
  • Humsafar Express, fully air-conditioned third AC service
  • Tejas with operating speed of 130 KMPH and above
  • Proposal for Antyodaya Express and Deenadayalu coaches for unreserved travellers.
  • Fully unreserved superfast trains coming on heavy traffic routes
  • Hyderabad suburbs to be linked with state govt participation
  • To partner with Gujarat and Tamil Nadu too for developing suburban sectors
  • 400stations to be renovated under PPP model.
  • 2,800 km of new tracks in next year.
  • 2000 km rail route to be electrified in 2016-17.
  • Rs 40,000 crore budgetary support from government.
  • Coolies at stations to be called sahayaks.
  • By 2020, elimination of all unmanned level crossings
  • 33% for women in each of the reserved categories in catering
  • Children’s menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers.
  • Passengers will be able to demand cleaning of a toilet via SMS
  • Plan to integrate railway network with other modes of transport.
  • Two elevated suburban railway corridors, Churchgate-Virar and CST-Panvel to be constructed in Mumbai
  • Higher capacity coaches, water level indicators, vending machines and more to be introduced.
  • Wireless enabled ‘Rakshak’ devices to intimate gangmen about approaching train
  • Delhi to get relief from rising pollution through development of ring railway system.
  • of passenger amenities and beautification at Ajmer, Amritsar, Bihar Sharif, Chengannur, Dwarka, Gaya, Haridwar, Mathura, Tirupati and Varanasi.
  • 20,000 display screens across 2,000 station for better dissemination of information to passenger.
  • 2 apps will integrate all services: 1 for ticketing and the other for grievances
  • Wi Fi at 100 stations
  • Bar-coded tickets to be introduced at select stations on pilot basis.
  • Conducting recruitment online, to be replicated
  • E-ticketing supports 1.2 lakh concurrent users now
  • Ticket cancellation via phone calls soon.
  • 17,000 biotoilets at 450 stations.
  • All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner
  • 7km of broad gauge lines in 2017 against an average of 4.3 km.
  • Rail University to be established at Indian Railway Academy at Vadodara.
  • Three dedicated freight corridors including VJA-Nagpur put on high priority.
  • LIC has agreed to fund Rs 1.5 lakh crore this year
  • Aiming to achieve operation ratio of 92 per cent.
  • Saving of Rs 8,720 crore from last year’s estimates.
  • Envisaging capital expenditure of Rs 1.21 lakh crore.
  • Aiming to achieve operation ratio of 92 per cent.
  • Saving of Rs 8,720 crore from last year’s estimates.
  • Envisaging capital expenditure of Rs 1.21 lakh crore.
  • Aiming 10-20 per cent of revenues from non-tariff sources over the next 5 years by monetising assets.
Medaram Jathara

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