Railway Budget 2016: Highlights

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New Delhi, Feb 25: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu began presenting his ministry's budget for the next fiscal year in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, promising to address the issues concerning all stakeholders -- citizens, employees and industry, among others.

[Live: Suresh Prabhu presents Rail Budget 2016]

Children's menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers. Here are more Highlights of the Railway Budget 2016:

Suresh Prabhu
  • No hike in passenger fares, freight rates.
  • Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be spent in 5 years for modernisation of rail infrastructure.
  • To invest Rs 1.21 lakh crore in 2016-17.
  • Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres.
  • 400 stations to have wifi, 100 in next fiscal.
  • E-ticketing capacity raised to 7,200/min, from 2,000/min.
  • CCTV surveillance for all major stations.
  • Cleaning of coach on demand soon.
  •  E-booking tickets on concessional passes for journalists.
  • Bar-coded tickets, scanners on pilot basis.
  • E-ticketing facility on foreign debit/credit cards.
  • Sale of tickets through hand held terminals soon.
  • Beautification stations at pilgrimage centres, including Ajmer, Puri, Varanasi, Nagapattinam.
  • FM Radio stations to provide train borne entertainment.
  • Rail Mitra Seva for old and disabled passengers.
  • Optional travel insurance for rail passengers.
  • Janani Sewa for providing food for children.
  • Smart coaches with automatic doors, bio vacuum toilets, improved aesthetics.
  • Mobile app to deal with ticketing issues, complaints.
  • Information boards in trains, GPS based digital display inside coaches.
  • SPV with Japan for Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train.
  • Rs 30,000 crore spent on passenger fares.
  • Children's menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers.
  • Railways intend to start Rail Bandhu magazines.
  • Railways to increase lower berth quota for senior citizens by 50%.
  • Railways introduce-- Humsafar, Tejas and Uday Express.
  • For unreserved passengers, Railways to introduce-- Antyodaya, for long-distance travel. 
  • Deen Dayalu unreserved coaches with water, mobile charging points
  • World's first bio-toilet at Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express.
  • Dedicated frieght corridor for North-South, East-West and East Coast.
  • Railways to shift to completely paperless contract system in 2016-17.
  • 2,000 km rail route to be electrified in 2016-17.
    Outlay for railway electrification increased by 50 per cent; 2,000-km route to be electrified next fiscal.
  • Railways to generate 9 crore mandays in financial year 2017-18 and 14 crore mandays in 2018-19.
  • Railways to get Rs 40,000 cr budgetary support from the government.
  • Indian Railways will generate employment of Rs 9 core man days in 2017-18 and 14 crore man days in 2018-19.
  • 17,000 bio-toilets at 475 railway stations by the end of financial year.
  • All India 24*7 helpline for women.
  • Making all-out efforts to translate dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi into reality.
  • Aiming to achieve operation ratio of 92 percent.
  • Saving of Rs.8,720 crore from last year's estimates.
  • Envisaging capital expenditure of Rs.1.21 lakh crore.

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