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Highlights Of Railway Budget 2015-16

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Modi government has been under a lot of pressure to deliver the promises which helped  it to come to power, also the expectations of rail passengers were very high from the Government. Expectations were that there would be an increase in the Budget, but now what needs to be seen is that whether there has been a fair hike? And at this time when Modi’s Swach Bharat Nirman mission is a great hit, has the railway adopted this mission in the entire spirit because railway as we know is known for its chaotic infrastructure. Today NDA Government has presented its first full-fledged Railway Budget 2015-16 in the Parliament. Mr. Suresh Prabhu has presented the Rail budget. One must understand that, certainly it was an arduous task for Mr. Suresh Prabhu to turn around things with a lot of expectations riding on him. Now, since the budget has finally be presented, let’s have a look on what NDA Government’s first Railway Budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 has brought for us.

 

Railway Budget 2015-16 (2)

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Highlights Of Railway Budget 2015-16

Here are the highlights of Railway Budget 2015 presented by Railways minister Suresh Prabhu:

  • Objective is to make Bhartiya Rail financially sustainable.
  • Rs. 8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in next 5 years.
  • Hike in annual freight capacity to 1.5 bn tn.
  • No increase in rail fares.
  • Tickets can be booked 120 days in advance instead of 60 days to tackle tout menace
  • Cleanliness in Railways highest priority under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat.
  • SMS alert on mobile, customer portal promoting digital India campaign.
  • Surveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartments.
  • Satellite Railway Stations in 10 major cities.
  • To move towards paperless ticketing.
  • 17000 more toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets.
  • To provide Railway connectivity to North-Eastern states.
  • Middle berth will be reserved for women and senior citizens.
  • SMS alert service to inform passengers about arrival and departure to be initiated.
  • Wi-Fi facility in 400 stations.
  • To expand water vending machines on more stations
  • 1330% increase in railway electrification over previous year.
  • E-catering has been introduced in 108 trains via IRCTC.
  • To build new toilets at 600 stations.
  • Travel between Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata to be overnight journey.
  • 67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities.
  • To provide facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens.
  • Will set up ‘Kayakalp’ to help in technology upgradation.
  • Railway to monetize assets rather than selling them.
  • Decentralise, deregulate and delegate to make freight business simple.
  • To set up Financing cell in Railway Board.
  • Rs. 2000 crore for Coastal Connectivity Program.
  • Feasibility report of high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad expected by mid-2015.
  • Digitized mapping of Rail land initiated to counter Encroachment.
  • Allocated Rs 6,750 crore for eliminating 3438 level crossings 970 road-underbridge, road-overbridge.
  • Mobile charging stations for general class coaches
  • No new trains announced
  • To set up full-fledged Railway University in FY16

Also Read: Indian Budget 2015: Expectations, Highlights & Expert Analysis

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