Wednesday, February 27, 2013


New coach manufacturing and maintenance facilities to be set up in various places including Rae Bareli, Bhilwara, Sonepat, Kalahandi, Kolar, Palakkad and Pratapgarh
Rs 9000 crore investments expected including Rs 3,800 crore in port connectivity and Rs 800 crore in iron ore mines connectivity
Allocation of Rs 1,000 crore each made for railway land development authority and railway station development authority.

Railways set to enter 1 billion ton freight club of China, Russia and US
Common rail-bus ticket to be introduced for Katra-Vaishnodevi pilgrims
New train Azadi Express to places linked with the freedom struggle to be introduced, fares to be concessional
Internet booking to be provided from 0030 hours to 2330 hours
Internet booking to be strengthened with next-generation e-ticketing system to eliminate delays
Special A/C coaches ‘Anubhuti’, to be introduced in select Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains to give excellent ambience with commensurate fare
Railways will use Aadhar data base for bookings and validation of passengers
SMS alert service being rolled out shortly to intimate passengers about reservation status
Free wi-fi facility to be provided in select trains
Plan to allow e-ticketing via mobile phones
Railway committed to bring marked change in passenger amenities
Aim to eliminate 31,846 level crossings
Identification of 104 stations for upgradation in places with more than one million population and of religious significance
Railways to set up six more Rail Neer bottling plants
10% reservation for women in RPF
Presence of women in RPF to go up
Plan for elephant corridor safety
Corporate safety plan proposed
Railway safety fund inadequate
Fall in accidents — per million accidents down from .41 to .13
There has been significant drop in train accidents
Rs. 95,000 crore shortfall, meeting this shortfall will mean a paradigm shift
Rs 1 lakh crore to be raised from public-private partnership, Rs 1.05 lakh crore through internal resources in the 12th Plan
12th Plan railway size to be Rs 5.19 lakh crore, with gross budgetary support of Rs 1.94 lakh crore
Steep increase in input costs have been met with hike in Freight rates: Bansal
Railways powerful vehicle driving the growth of the country: Bansal
Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal presents his maiden budget in Parliament
Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal arrives in Parliament to present his maiden budget.
A day before presenting the budget, Mr. Bansal said that there was a demand for more trains. But he did not disclose whether he would concede it, as his predecessors did.
"The government is for the people. You will have to see the budget from that point of view...," he said at an informal chat with reporters, when asked whether the budget would be people-friendly.

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