Railway Budget 2015-16

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 26 February 2015 presented the Railway Budget 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha. Here are the highlights of Railway Budget 2015-16:

  1. No increase in Rail fares.
  2. No new trains announced.
  3. 5 Drivers to execute strategy of MR.
  4. Good governance emerges out of participative governance – people’s involvement very high with railways.
  5. Goal 1- Customer experience to receive a huge boost, Goal 2 – Safer Travel.
  6. Railway Minister says Over the next 5yrs railways has to go through a transformation.
  7. 10 satellite stations this year. Mumbai-Ahmedabah high speed trains.
  8. Tickets can now be booked 120 days ahead of travel date, instead of 60 days now.
  9. CCTV surveillance for women’s security and online booking of wheelchairs for senior citizens.
  10. A mechanism for making regulations, setting performance standards and tariffs to be setup.
  11. Corruption at all levels is affecting common man, we are working on solution to address this menace.
  12. Rs 6,750 crore allocated for eliminating 3438 level crossings 970 road-underbridge, road-overbridge.
  13. Skill development and self employment to be encouraged on Konkan Rly model.
  14. 1000MV Solar plants to be set-up by developers on Rly/Pvt. Land and on Rly Building at own cost.
  15. Rly to launch a coastal connectivity programme this year.
  16. Digitized mapping of Rail land initiated to counter Encroachment.
  17. Rly Plan size increased by 52%; 41.6% GBS; 17.8% internal generation.
  18. We will monetize our assets rather than selling them.
  19. Railways proposes to move from preventive to predictive maintenance.
  20. Railways to introduce technology portal to invite innovative solutions.
  21. JV with major public sector companies for meeting requirements of new lines.
  22. Decentralise, deregulate and delegate to make freight business simple.
  23. 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.
  24. Feasibility report of high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad expected by mid-2015.
  25. Make in India opportunities – Speedier Railway – 9 hi-speed corridors, high speed trains.
  26. For high-speed trains on other routes on the diamond quadrilateral studies being commissioned; Govt working on it.
  27. Railway connectivity for North Eastern State and J&K – ongoing process major thrust.
  28. 1330% increase in railway electrification over previous year.
  29. Fast track highest priority works. Investment 84% higher; 77 new projects -Doubling, tripling/quadrupling/ electrification.
  30. Open wi-fi to be available at 400 railway stations; proposal to revamp the station re-development scheme.
  31. More general class coaches to be added in identified trains; more AC EMU services for Mumbai suburban section.
  32. Station to be redeveloped through simpler processes – faster redevelopment.
  33.  Monitoring cell constituted
  34. Satellite railway terminals in major cities – 10 select stations.
  35. 67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities.
  36. Train sets, saving 20% journey time within next 2 years.
  37. Rail-cum-road ticket to be extended to many stations; more trains to be added under scheme for ordering food while booking tickets.
  38. SMS alert on mobile, customer portal promoting digital India campaign – Rly display network.
  39. Surveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartments.
  40. Modern facilities for disabled citizens, senior citizens, patients through IRCTC.
  41. 24 to 26 coaches in certain identified trains, more general class coaches, ladders to be replaced.
  42. Railways to provide freedom to our valued passengers to choose their meals, e-catering has been introduce in 108 trains.
  43. SMS alert service to inform about the upgraded arrival & departure timings.
  44. Railways to introduce Operation 5 mins, wherein passengers travellling unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.
  45. A Mobile application to address complaints of people is also being developed.
  46. All India 24 X 7 helpline 138  from 1/3/15 ; Toll free No.182 – for security complaints.
  47. Railways to partner with private sector, PSUs and multilateral funding institutions.
  48. 17000 more toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets.

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