Highlights of Railway Budget 2016 – 17

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Railway Budget 2016 – 2017 , the plans made for development in Indian Railways and its achievements in recent times were  presented by Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu at Lok Sabha Today. Here , We come up with all the Highlights and other details from the Rail Budget 2016-17

Highlights of RAIL BUDGET 

  • No hike in Railway Fares.
  • Bar-coded tickets to tackle ticket less travel.
  • 139 Helpline number for cancellation facility.
  • E-ticket facility for Foreign debit and credit card holders.
  • Catering Service managed by IRCTC.
  • Local Cuisine as choice made available to passengers.
  • Multi-purpose stalls to provide milk, medicines,etc.,
  • Toilet cleaning requests through SMS.
  • Sarthi Seva in Konkan Railways to help Senior Citizens.
  • New Railway Stations to Accessible India Guidelines.
  • CCTV networks provided at 311 railway stations.
  • 2000 tickets/ min by e-ticketing system will be increased to 7,200/min.
  • Redevelopment of Large and Medium Stations.
  • In 2016-17 we expecting Operating ratio of 92%.
  • The Capital Plan will be 1,21,000 Crore.
  • 2,800 Km of new tracks will be commissioned next year.
  • 100 Railway stations were connected with Wi-fi and 400 will be connected next year.
  • GPS- based digital display in coaches to show upcoming stations.
  • 1,600 Kms are electrified this year and 2,000 kms are proposed next year.
  • 17,000 bio-toilets and additional toilets be provided this year end.
  • 1,780 ticket vending machines introduced.
  • 50% increased for senior citizens seat quota.
  • Rs.1,84,820 Crore will be generated as revenue next year.

Other Developments & Achievements 

  • North-East India, Mizoram and Manipur to be connected through Broad Gauge.
  • 10.1% higher than revised target.
  • Rs.8,720 crore to saved for budget estimates of last year will be effected this year.
  • Elimination of unmanned level crossings by 2020.
  • 139 last year Budget announcements has been initiated.
  • Time tabled freight trains by 2020.
  • Generate 9 crore man-days employment 2017-18 and 14 crore man-days 2018-19.
  • LIC agreed 1.5 lakh crore investment over 5 years on favorable terms.
  • New Freight Corridors: Delhi – Chennai, Kharagpur – Mumbai, Kharagpur – Vijaywada.
  • Surpass target of Commissioning 2500 kms of broad gauge lines, 30% higher than last year.
  • Finalized bids for 2 locomotive factories.
  • Recruitment process online for railways will be 100% transparency.
  • Increase quota, Lower Berths for Women and Senior Citizens.
  • 20% accidents were reduced this year.
  • Railway University to be opened soon in Vadhora.
  • Deen Dayal Coaches for unreserved passengers in Long Distance trains.
  • Fully unreserved super fast trains on dense traffic routes.
  • Antyodaya Express to be named for Long Distance Super fast unreserved trains.
  • Broad Gauge Lumding-Silchar section in Assam, to connect Bark Valley to other parts of country.
  • Overnight Double-Decker trains for business travel routes.
  • Journalist get facility of e-booking tickets on concessional passes.
  • Front-end staff employed through service providers.
  • Children`s Menu, Baby foods, Baby Boards to be made available for travelling mothers.
  • Coolies called as SAHAYAKS.
  • Rail Bandhu Magazines to be published in all regional languages.
  • FM radio stations to be invited to provide train borne entertainment via PA systems.
  • Ring Railway redeveloped in partnership with Delhi Government.
  • Work with Karnataka state government for suburban rails.
  • Partner with Tamilnadu government to develop suburban network in Chennai through financial methods.
  • First Rail Auto Hub will come up in Chennai.
  • Special Focus to explore advertising potentials at big stations.
  • Increase advertising revenue by four times this year.
  • 33% sub-quota for women in all reserved categories.
  • Drones are used to monitor ongoing projects.
  • Setting 50 Crore to provide innovation grants to start-ups.
  • Two Dedicated freight corridors by 2019.
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