Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday (February 25, 2016) announced Rail Budget 2016. He announced a number of services to transform the Railways. He also highlighted government’s plan to improve passenger amenities at station and on board. Here’s a quick recap of all major announcements made by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. To read this article in Hindi, click here.
Overcoming challenges – Reorganize, Restructure Rejuvenate Indian Railways: ‘Chalo, Milkar Kuch Naya Karen’
There were three pillars of the strategy
- Nav Arjan – New revenues,
- Nav Manak – New norms
- Nav Sanrachna – New Structures.
Here are the highlights of Rail Budget 2016
- No hike in passenger fares.
- 3 new super-fast trains — Humsafar Express, Tejas, Uday
- Increased quota for senior citizens and women travellers this year.
- 1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km proposed for the next year.
- 50% more lower berth quota for senior citizens
- WiFi facilities at 100 more stations this year and 400 stations next year
- 2,800 km of broad gauge track conversion envisaged
- Rail Mitra Seva for old and disabled passengers
- 8.8 lakh crore to be spent on infrastructure in five years
- Saving of Rs.8,720 crore from last year’s estimates
- North-East India, especially Mizoram and Manipur, to be connected through broad gauge soon.
- Children’s menu items on trains, baby foods, hot milk and hot water would be made available.
- Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres
- Design and layout of our coaches to ensure higher carrying capacity and provision of new amenities including automatic doors, bar-code readers, bio-vacuum toilets, water-level indicators, accessible dustbins, ergonomic seating, improved aesthetics, vending machines, entertainment screens, LED lit boards for advertising, PA system.
- Making travel comfortable by generating over 65,000 additional berths, installing 2,500 water vending machines; introducing ‘Mahamana Express’ with modern refurbished coaches; 17,000 bio-toilets in trains; world’s first Bio-Vacuum toilet developed.
Some Do you Know Facts about Indian Railways
- A separate Railway Budget, which is different from the General Budget, was first introduced in 1924 on the basis of recommendations of the 10-member Acworth Committee.
- Though the term Railway Budget is no where mentioned in the Constitution of India, it is introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha under the Articles 112 and 204 of the Constitution that govern the General Budget.
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