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The Railway Budget 2016-overall capital outlay for Indian railways by 20-25 per cent

The Railway Budget 2016

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announcements on passenger fares and freight rates along with reforms

Railway Budget 2016 details

The Railway Budget 2016

E-ticketing facility on foreign debit/credit cards
– No change in passenger fares, freight rates
– Auto companies to benefit as India’s first rail auto hub will come up in Chennai that will reduce logistics cost.
– E-booking of tickets on concessional passes for journalists introduced
– 33 pc reservation to women in reserved quota in Railways will be introduced
– Ajmer, Amritsar, Gaya, Mathura, Nanded, Nashik, Puri, Tirupati, Varanasi, Nagapattinam and other pilgrim stations to be beautified
– Draft Bill for railway development authority to be drafted soon. Railway board to be reorganised on business lines and chairman to be re-empowered
-Will increase lower berth quota for senior citizens by 50 per cent
– Four fold increase in advertising revenue envisaged in the next fiscal
– IRCTC website to consider e-commerce initiatives because of high number of hits
– Cold storage to be set up in vacant lands near warehousing facilities
– Elevated suburban train corridors in Mumbai
– Suresh Prabhu appeals to staggering of office timings to reduce pressure on suburabn trains
– Ring railway to be revived in New Delhi
– High speed passenger corridor from Ahmedabad to Mumbai
– New uniforms and training for porters Coolies to rechristened as ‘Sahayaks’
– Overnight double-decker train Uday Express to be introduced on busiest routes, carrying capacity to be 40 per cent more, says Prabhu
– 400 railway stations to be equipped with wifi, 100 this year, says Suresh Prabhu
– Baby milk and hot water to be provided in trains
– Insurance companies being asked to provide optional travel insurance to passengers prior to travel
– Battery operated services for the old and special people
– Railway stalls to over-the-counter medicine
– 3 new super-fast trains — Humsafar Express, Tejas, Uday
– Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres
– Super-fast unreserved train Antyodaya Express
– Deen Dayalu unreserved coaches with water, mobile charging points
– Local cuisine of choice to be made available to the passengers
– To introduce methods which will help passengers SMS to get the toilets and coaches cleaned
– Refund process to made simpler, bar coded tickets to be introduced
– Sale of tickets to be initiated by hand held devices and platform tickets through vending machines, says Suresh Prabhu
– Rs 3000 crore saved in energy a year ahead of schedule, says Suresh Prabhu
– MoUs with 6 states for Joint Ventures
– Outlay for railway electrification increased by 50 per cent; 2,000-km route to be electrified next fiscal
– We intend to commence wi-fi system at 100 stations this year in partnership with Google: Suresh Prabhu
– World’s first bioflushing toilets was developed by us in Dibrugarh Rajdhani, says Suresh Prabhu
– 2 new loco factories to be set up at cost of Rs 40,000 cr.

Facilities such as ticketing, grievance redressal, etc. will be integrated into two mobile applications; one dealing with all ticketing issues and the other for receipt and redressal of complaints and suggestions related to all our services.

No Hike in Passenger Fare – Railway Budget 2016-17 65,000 Additional Berths and 17,000 Bio Toilets to be Installed Operations Audit to Improve Punctuality of trains Proposed Wi Fi Facilities in 400 more Stations Stations to be Developed Under PPP Mode Award of Civil Contracts for Dedicated Freight

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