Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Highlights of the Railway Budget 2013-14

·        67 new Express trains to be introduced
·  26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced
·        Run of 57 trains to be extended
·        Frequency of 24 trains to be increased
·        First AC EMU rake to be introduced  on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14
·        72 additional services to be introduced in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata
·        Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai
·        500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14
·        First ever rail link to connect Arunachal Pradesh
·        Some Railway related activities to come under MGNREGA
·        For the first time 347 ongoing projects identified as priority projects with the committed funding
·        Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 63,363 crore
·        Loan of Rs. 3000 crore repaid fully.
·         A new fund-Debt Service Fund set up to meet committed liabilities.
·        Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13
·        Passenger growth 5.2% in 2013-14
·        Gross Traffic Receipts – Rs. 1,43,742 crore i.e. an increase of 18,062 crore over RE, 2012-13
·        Dividend payment estimated at Rs. 6,249 crore
·        Operating Ratio to be 87.8% in 2013-14
·        Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased
·        Fuel Adjustment Component linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013
·        Enhanced reservation fee abolished
·        Elimination of 10797 Level Crossings (LC) during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs henceforth
·        Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains
·        ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services
·        Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours
·        E-ticketing through mobile phones
·        Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status
·        Next –Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out : capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now,  1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now
·        Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations: Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru
·        Introduction of ‘Azadi Express’ to connect places associated with freedom movement
·        Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rain passengers, especially women passengers
·        10% RPF vacancies being reserved for women
·        1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged
·        Railways to impart skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations
·        Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains
·        Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback
·        Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains
·        Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains
·        Upgrading 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected
·        Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services
·        179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently-abled
·         Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly
·        Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321)
·        Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC
·        Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains
·        Travel by Duronoto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportspersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains
·        Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and policy medal for Gallantry
·         Policy Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2nd AC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains
·        Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years instead of every year.
·        Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad
·        Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies
·        Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad--Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management
·        Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on Railway related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels
·        Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs. 300 crore
·        Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters
·        Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots

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