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Suresh Prabhu, Railway minister presented the railway budget 2015 in Parliament on Thursday. He became the first rail minister, to not to announce even a single new train or railway line. A train from mumbai, Kolkata to be an overnight journey. Bullet trains soon to be introduced as feasibility study for High Speed Rail between Mumbai-Ahmadabad is in advanced stage. Download Rail Budget 2015 Pdf from here.

Four Goals Of Rail budget 2015 :-

Rail Budget 2015a)To improve customer experience.
b)To make Rail a safer means of travel.
c)To expand capacity substantially and modernise infrastructure
d)To make Railway financially capable.

Main highlights of the Rail budget 2015

  • No increase in fares.
  • Freight rates increased
  • No new trains announced
  • Aims towards paperless ticketing
  • Indian Railway proposes investment of ₹ 8.5 lakh crore in next five years
  • Funds will be raised from sources like Multilateral development banks, pension funds
  • Planned expenditure for fiscal 2015-16 has been raised by 52 % to ₹ 1.11 trillion (₹1,00,011 crore)
  • A new department, Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat,for cleanliness to be setup
  • New toilets will be setup covering 650 additional stations
  • Bio-toilets will replace existing toilets
  • 24X7 helpline number 138 nationwide; toll-free number 182 for security related complaints
  • Disposal bedrolls to be made available on selected stations
  • ‘Operation five minutes’ will be launched for issuing unreserved tickets in 5 minutes
  • Coin vending machines, Hot buttons,single destination teller, concessional e-tickets for differently abled, a multi-lingual e-portal, crediting refunds directly by banks to be introduced
  • E-catering will be introduced to order food through IRCTC website during booking tickets
  • In over 2000 stations, centrally managed Railway Display Network will be introduced in next two years
  • Passengers will be updated in advance about arrival/departure time of trains by “SMS Alert” service
  • 120 days advance booking of tickets, earlier it was 60 days
  • CCTV cameras will be provided on selected mainline coaches and ladies compartments
  • Entertainment on select Shatabdi’s will be introduced
  • Wi – Fi to be given at 400 B category stations
  • Mobile phone charging to be introduced in general class coaches
  • Self-operating lockers will be available at stations
  • For senior citizens, patients and the differently-abled passengers, Online booking of wheel chair on payment basis will be provided
  • Some trains be expanded to run with 26 coaches, more general coaches will be introduced
  • NID will be approached for developing user friendly ladders for climbing upper berths
  • Quota of lower berths will be increased for senior citizens
  • Provision of ₹ 120 crore for Lifts and escalator which is 76% higher
  • Braille enabled newly coaches will be introduced
  • Allotment for passenger services up by 67% Y-O-Y
  • In improving passenger amenities at Railway stations, Corporate houses & MPs will be requested to invest
  • Zonal and Divisional offices will be given more power for quick decision making
  • 10 Satellite Railway terminals will be made in major cities
  • An investment of Rs. 8686 crore, 84% higher, 77 projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works along with electrification will be introduced
  • Four freight corridors will be completed
  • Speed of nine corridors to be escalated from 110-130 kmph to 160-200 kmph
  • Connectivity with North East States to be improved, with straight connectivity to Delhi
  • RDSO to develop power supply system based on theft-proof panels/batteries alongwith ISRO
  • On selected routes, Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System to be installed
  • “Kayakalp”, an innovation council to be framed for business re-engineering and introducing a spirit of innovation
  • “Foreign Rail Technology Cooperation scheme” to be introduced
  • For fundamental research, four Railway Research Centers to be set up in selected universities;‘Malaviya Chair’ for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), Varanasi to be introduced
  • With regard to Coastal Connectivity Program, Rail connectivity to Nargol, Chharra, Dighi, Rewas and Tuna will be setup
  • 1000 MW solar plants will be set up, as part of the Solar Mission of Railways, Water conservation mission including water audit and expansion of water harvesting systems
  • Incredible Rail for Incredible India to be launched
  • Promoting Gandhi circuit to attract tourists on the occasion of 100 years of the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa
  • IRCTC will work on Kisan Yatra, a special travel scheme for farmers for farming & marketing technique centres.
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