Railway Budget 2015: Rail Budget builds on the existing infrastructure, harps on passenger comfort

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New Delhi, Feb 26: Railway Budget, this year, is being looked upon for more than one reason. Being the first rail budget after the NDA government's victory at the Centre, this would be a litmus test for the ministry to meet the expectations of the people.

The pre-poll promises have to be met and it could be a do-or-die situation, especially after their Delhi assembly election debacle.

[Also Read: Railway Budget 2015: History of Indian Railways in years]

Suresh Prabhu

What to expect?

[Read: Railway Budget 2015: 5 expectations from Suresh Prabhu]

While railway minister Suresh Prabhu may stay clear of the populist sops, he is likely to highlight the following points:

  • Better railway infrastructure due to cheaper oil prices
  • No reduction in fare
  • Focus on FDI ventures
  • Cleanliness drives
  • No new trains
  • Bullet trains and AC rakes
  • Make in India in railways
  • Disabled-friendly railway rakes
  • IT and Wifi
  • Security
  • Green Program 
 Rail Budget 2015 by @RailMinIndia comes to an end
1:16 pm: Corruption at all levels is affecting common man, we are working on solution to address this menace: Suresh Prabhu
1:13 pm: Kisan Yatra; Incredible Rail for Incredible India
We have launched a mission for water conservation, expansion of water harvesting systems will continue: Suresh Prabhu
1000MV Solar plants to be set-up by developers on Rly/Pvt. Land and on Rly Building at own cost
1:09 pm: Rs.2000 cr for Coastal Connectivity Program; Rs.2500 cr through BOT/Annuity route. 1000 MWSolar plant; 100DEMUs to dual fuel : @sureshpprabhu
Introduction of short-skilled programs for staff and CRPF; yoga included
Full-fledged university for railways
Rs 6581 cr to be invested for railway safety
1:01 pm: JV with major public sector companies for meeting requirements of new lines; 6000 km of the routes to be electrified
12:59 pm: To prevent fire in coaches,we'll install train protection warning system and train collision avoiding system: Suresh Prabhu
‘Kayakalp' to help in Technology Upgradation
12:56 pm: IIT-BHU to form a technical research center in the name of Malaviya Chair
12:53 pm: ISRO, IIT to design safety in manned and unmanned level crossing
12:51 pm: Safety concerns for unmanned, manned level crossing and derailments to be addressed by June.
12:50 pm: High-speed train between Mumbai-Ahmedabad
TRANSLOC - new PSU - end to end logistics solution
1330% increase in railway electrification over previous year
Fast track highest priority works. Investment 84% higher; 77 new projects -Doubling, tripling/quadrupling/ electrification
Satellite railway terminals in major cities - 10 select stations
Wifi in 400 railway stations
12:46 pm: 67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities
120 crore provided for lifts and escalators to facilitate movements
Train sets, saving 20% journey time within next 2 years
12:39 pm: Collaboration with NIFT and NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designs
12:35 pm: e-booking for food, wheel chair for the disabled
SMS alert on mobile, customer portal promoting digital India campaign; also help saving paper
24 hour helpline number 138 to start from March 1; safety helpline number 182 
12:32 pm: All india 24 X 7 helpline 138 from 1/3/15 ; Toll free No.182 - for security complaints
Multi-lingual e-ticketing, hassle-free registration for the disabled, ticketing in 5-minutes for unreserved compartments
Five drivers:
12:27 pm: 17000 more toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets
No increase in passenger fares
Suresh Prabhu discussing the drivers; Rs 8.5 lakh crore investment in the next five years
12:22 pm: Suresh Prabhu,Railway Min Rail Budget 2015 : Railway continue to be our precious national asset
12:20 pm: Partnerships for investments
12:17 pm: Aim highlights: Deliver to customers, make railways safe, expand and modernise, expand passenger capacity from 21 million to 30 million
Started working on feasible suggestions out of the 20,000 received.
492 section of IR -running at a capacity of more than 100%; 228 running between 80-100%
12:15 pm: We have to reconstruct the IR bit by bit
Goods train must be time-tabled
Chronic underinvestment has led to poor development of IR
Investment in Indian Railways is necessary for environment sustainability and well being of future generations: Suresh Prabhu
12:12 pm: Reforms required for ecology too; heavy expectations on railways, despite the fact that it works under constraints.
12:10 pm: Railway Budget begins 
11:45 am: Railway minister reaches Parliament
11:37 am:
11:19 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till 11:30 am after ruckus over Venkaiah's apology row; Opposition threatens that they will not allow Budget unless Naidu seeks apology.
11:17 am: Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Rail Bhawan
10:30 am: Budget accha hoga,janta ka budget hoga : Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister
10:13 am: I have kept in mind what we require when we go on a long journey: Food, cleanliness etc
10:12 am: Budget will favour big corporates and industries, says CPI
9:56 am: Delhi: Copies of Rail Budget 2015 brought to Parliament
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