New Delhi, Feb 26: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday, Feb 26 presented his first maiden railway budget which received mixed response from the Opposition and the aam aadmi (common man).
Prabhu did not encounter any major disruption from opposition during his speech. However, many expressed disappointment as Prabhu did not announce any new trains.
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar criticised the budget and said, "it was full of lofty ideas but without any action plan."
"Its like there is a train coach but no passenger," told Nitish who had served as Railway minister during NDA regime of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Despite criticism, Prabhu's railway budget 2015 has been hailed by many as it has impressed many people with a few surprises and many more expected changes in the system.
Take a look what Prabhu's Railway Budget 2015 has for all:
Railway Budget 2015 for Aam Aadmi (Common Man)
There was no announcement on hike of passenger fares.
Train tickets can be booked 120 days in advance instead of 60 days to tackle tout menace.
Railway Budget 2015 Creates Employment Opportunity
Suresh Prabhu said that Konkan Railway aims to create 50,000 jobs. He also assured that more investments will be there in railways to create more job opportunities.
Railway Budget 2015 helps women
Suresh Prabhu focused on women's security while travelling in trains.
He said that a part of the money from the Nirbhaya Fund worth Rs 1,000 crore will be used to provide security to women travellers on trains.
CCTV cameras will be installed in train compartments and railway platforms.
Railway Budget 2015 for Senior Citizens
Prabhu announced that quota for lower berths for senior citizens will be increased. Middle bay of coaches will be reserved for elderly people.
Lifts and escalators will be installed in many railway stations. Wheel Chairs can be booked online.
Railway Budget for Defence Personnel and Farmers
Changes have been done to make defence travel system easier for defence personnel.
IRCTC will work on Kissan Yatra-special initiatives which will help farmers to know more about farming and marketing techniques.
Railway Budget 2015 for Differently-abled People
Lifts and escalators will be installed at different railway stations. Online booking facility for wheel-chairs on selected stations will be provided.
Railways Budget 2015: An Environment-friendly Budget
17,000 bio-toilets to replace existing toilets in train coaches. Railways have been planning to set up "waste to energy" conversion plants.
Make in India in Railway Budget 2015
PM Narendra Modi's ambitious project 'Make in India' left a major impact on Railway Budget 2015.
Prabhu said that train sets, bullet train-like trains will be manufactured in India.
Safety Measure in Railway Budget 2015
Special safety measures will be taken for Senior citizens, pregnant women, differently-abled travellers.
A huge investments have been planned for safety of passengers.
Railway Budget 2015: Special focus on Tourism
Railways will provide special coaches in select trains after a tie-up with tourist agencies. It will help railways to promote and boost tourism in India.