Rail budget 2016 – some key highlights

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu presented the Railway Budget 2016 in Lok Sabha with no changes in passenger fares and freight rates.

GN Bureau | February 25, 2016


#railway budget   #suresh prabhu   #rail budget  
Union minister for railways, Suresh Prabhu, and minister of state for railways, Manoj Sinha, leaving Rail Bhawan for Parliament House to present the Railway Budget 2016-17.
Union minister for railways, Suresh Prabhu, and minister of state for railways, Manoj Sinha, leaving Rail Bhawan for Parliament House to present the Railway Budget 2016-17.

 Railway minister Suresh Prabhu presented the Railway Budget 2016 in Lok Sabha. This was his second rail budget since he took charge of the ministry. There were no changes in passenger fares and freight rates. Following are some key highlights of the

  • Construction of dedicated freight corridors from north-south connecting Delhi and Chennai, east-west connecting Kharagpur to Mumbai and east coast connecting Kharagpur to Vijayawada to be given priority.
  • Introduction of smart coaches with automatic doors, bar-code readers, bio-vacuum toilets, water-level indicators, accessible dustbins, improved aesthetics and vending machines.
  • To improve quality of travel, introduction of unreserved superfast Antyodaya Express Trains and Tezas train with the speed of 130 km.
  • AC and non AC double decker trains to ply on busy routes with the potential to increase carrying capacity by almost 40%. 
  • Operations audit to improve punctuality of trains proposed.
  • Rail connectivity to important ports to be taken up under PPP mode in 2016-17.
  • Expansion of train on demand facility to provide choice of accommodation in specific trains to wait-listed passengers.
  • 65,000 additional berths and 2,500 water vending machines will be installed. 
  • 17,000 bio-toilets will be incorporated in trains.
  • Plans to introduce 1,780 automatic ticket vending machines all over the country along with mobile apps and smartcard for cashless purchase of tickets.
  • The capacity of e-ticketing system to be enhanced from 2,000 tickets per minute to 7,200 tickets per minute. 
  • Commission of Wi-Fi services at 100 stations this year and at 400 more stations in the next two years in partnership with Google.
  • Increased quota of lower berths for senior citizens and women.  
  • Security to be enhanced through more passenger helplines and CCTVs.
  • To reduce accidents at level crossings, 1,000 unmanned level crossings will be eliminated and 350 manned level crossings will be closed. 
  • All procurement including procurement of works will be moved to e-platform. 
  • Coaches to be equipped with potable water and higher number of mobile charging points.
  • All stations under redevelopment to be made disabled friendly.

Comments

 

Other News

BJP-RSS have never had elected presidents to date: Pawan Khera

In a scathing attack on the government, PawanKhera, national spokesperson of the Congress party, has said that the BJP is remote-controlled by RSS, an unregistered organisation that decides who the PM will be and lead the country, yet no question is asked to them. Asking how Amit Shah, JP N

Maharashtra floods: On-ground R&R hampered by VIP visits, say Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party president and senior leader Sharad Pawar has appealed to political leaders in the state not to visit the flood ravaged areas of Maharashtra as it diverts attention of those engaged in relief and rehabilitation to VIP arrangements and hampers work. The deat

Sri Lankan media baron Rajandram Rajamahendran passes away

Sri Lankan media baron, business tycoon and Chairman of The Capital Maharaja Group conglomerate, Rajandram Rajamahendran, passed away at Colombo early Sunday morning. He was 79. Rajamahendran was suffering from health problems and was receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo. &nb

Ganga heavily polluted with microplastics, finds study

A new study titled, ‘Quantitative analysis of Microplastics along River Ganga’ by Toxics Link has found heavy concentration of microplastics in the Ganga. All samples collected for study from the river at Haridwar, Kanpur and Varanasi were found to be polluted with microplastics.

Maharashtra flood situation grim, rescue works on

At least 79 people were killed and 56 were missing as the flood situation in Maharashtra remained grim on Saturday. Torrential rainfall in various parts of the state, coinciding with high tides and also discharge from dams, led to inundation of many regions and floods caused landslides in some places too.

Maharashtra partners with Climate Group to promote electric vehicles

Within days of announcing its new Electric Vehicle Policy 2021, Maharashtra Friday announced its partnership with Climate Group’s EV100 network to push and promote electric vehicles and reduce CO2 emissions. The policy, meanwhile, was also notified on Friday. Climate Gro

Visionary Talk with Pawan Khera, On Present State of Governance & Congress Party



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter