14 Jul

  • By Vidya Guru
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RAIL BUDGET 2014: HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 65,455 crore for 2014-15
  • Expenditure in 2014-15 pegged at Rs. 149,176 crore.
  • No new increase in passenger fares and freight charges
  • Indian railways to become the largest freight carrier in the world.
  • Social obligation of Railways in 2013-14 was Rs 20,000 crore.
  • Loss per passenger per kilometre up from 10 per cent in 2000-01 to 23 per cent in 2012-13
  • Gross traffic receipts in 2013-14 was Rs 12,35,558 crore; operating ratio was 94 per cent.
  • Indian Railways spent Rs 41,000 crore on laying of 3,700 km of new lines in last 10 years.
  • Fare revision will bring in Rs.8,000 crore; need another Rs.9,000 crore for golden quadrilateral project.
  • Railways also proposes to set up Food Courts at major stations.
  • Online booking to support 7,200 tickets per minute; to allow 1.2 lakh users log in simultaneously
  • Spend 94 paisa of every rupee earned, leaving a surplus of only 6 paisa.
  • With 12,500 trains, railways move 23 million passengers every day; equivalent to moving Australia’s population.
  • 58 new trains and extension of 11; 864 additional EMUs to be introduced in Mumbai over 2 years
  • FDI in railway projects, except in operations
  • FDI, domestic investments in rail infrastructure
  • Separate housekeeping wing at 50 major stations.
  • CCTV to monitor cleanliness activities.
  • Mechanized laundry will be introduced.
  • Dedicated freight corridor on Eastern and Western corridors.
  • 5400 unmanned level crossing removed.
  • Tourist trains to be introduced to link all major places of tourist interests across the country.
  • 4,000 women constables to be recruited to ensure safety of women. 17,000 RPF constables to provide safety to passengers.
  • Setting up of Railway University for technical and non-technical study.
  • Ultrasonic system to detect problem in track.
  • Bullet train in Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector
  • Plan to hike speed of trains to 160-200 km/hr in 9 sectors
  • Diamond Quadrilateral project of high speed trains to connect all major metros.
  • E-ticketing system to be improved. Future e-ticketing to support 7200 tickets per minute & to allow 120,000 simultaneous users
  • Wifi in A1 and A category stations and in select trains. Internet-based platform and unreserved tickets.
  • GIS mapping and digitization of Railway Land. Extension of logistics support to various e-Commerce Companies.
  • Bulk of future projects will be financed through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
  • Facilitate transport of milk through rail. Special milk transportation trains in association with Amul and National Dairy Association Board.
  • One ticket to reach from Delhi to Srinagar. Uddhampur to Banihal by bus and Banihal to Srinagar by train.
  • Mumbai local to get 860 new, state-of-the art coaches. 64 new EMUs to be introduced.
  • Train connectivity to Char Dham.
  • Paperless office of Indian railways in 5 years. Digital reservation charts at stations.
  • Ready-to-eat meals to be introduced in phased manners.
  • 27 Express trains to be introduced.
  • 5 Jansadharan , 5 Premium AC trains to be introduced.

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