Updates: 'Clean My Coach' service through SMS, says Prabhu

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New Delhi, Feb 25: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu began his speech on the Railway Budget at 12 pm in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Feb 25.

Also read: Railway Budget 2016: What Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has in store for us?

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

2.35 pm: Railway Budget 2016 is made with emphasis on capacity augmentation: Suresh Prabhu.

2.22 pm: Launch of unreserved, superfast trains, Antyodaya Express and Deen Dayalu coaches illustrate our unwavering commitment to serving the poor: PM Modi.

2.04 pm: This Rail Budget will play a key role in the country's rejuvenation, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

2.03 pm: I congratulate Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, the railway family; I congratulate Team Railways: PM Modi.

1.18 pm: Railways to increase revenue through non-fare sources.

1.12 pm: Suresh Prabhu concludes his speech on Railway Budget 2016.

1.10 pm: Will evolve models to determine revenue potential of at least 20 stations in next 3 months: Prabhu.

1.08 pm: National Railway plan to be formulated for integrating railway network with other modes of transport: Suresh Prabhu.

1.07 pm: We collect 100 TBs of data annually, these will be analysed systematically, says Prabhu.

1.05 pm: Passengers will be able to demand cleaning of a toilet via SMS, announces Prabhu. Intend to use drones and GPS for monitoring physically remote projects: Prabhu.

1.03 pm: 'Clean My Coach' service through SMS on Pan-India basis, says Prabhu. Delhi to get relief from rising pollution through development of ring railway system: Suresh Prabhu.

1.02 pm: Ongoing metro works of around 100 kms in Kolkata, would quadruple the installed capacity. Phase I to be completed by June 2018: Prabhu.

1.00 pm: Ajmer, Amritsar, Mathura, Nanded, Nashik, Tirupati, Varanasi and other pilgrim stations to be beautified: Prabhu.

12.59 pm: To capture automobile traffic, we will soon inaugurate India's first rail auto hub in Chennai and continue to build more: Prabhu.

12.57 pm: New Humsafar trains will only have 3 AC coaches, says Prabhu. We will introduce separate toilets for "divyaang" people: Prabhu.

12.55 pm: A high speed passenger corridor from Ahmedabad to Mumbai is being undertaken with help from Japan govt, says Prabhu. Propose to invite FM radio stations to provide train borne entertainment via PA systems: Suresh Prabhu.

12.53 pm: Astha Circuit Train to connect important pilgrim centres: Prabhu.

12.51 pm: Porters to not be called 'coolies' but 'sahayaks' now; will be trained in soft skills: Suresh Prabhu.

12.49 pm: We will introduce sub-quota of 33% for women in each of the reserved categories in catering: Prabhu. We have introduced Sarthi services for old and specially-abled , says Prabhu.

12.48 pm: Baby food, hot milk and hot water will be provided at railway stations: Suresh Prabhu.

12.45 pm: Will introduce Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, super fast train for common men to be operated on densely populated routes: Rail Min.

12.43 pm: Overnight double-decker trains to be introduced on business travel routes. e-ticket facility for foreign debit and credit card holders will be available: Prabhu.

12.40 pm: Work on Katra-Banihal section of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail link progressing satisfactorily and 35km of tunneling completed: Prabhu.

12.38 pm: 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas' is not only slogan for us: Suresh Prabhu. All India 24x7 helpline number introduced for safety specially women, says Prabhu.

12.37 pm: In 2015-16, we have eliminated 1000 unmanned crossings, says Prabhu.

12.35 pm: All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner. Reserved middle bays in coaches for women security: Suresh Prabhu

12.34 pm: World's first bio-vacuum toilet that was developed by us is being used in the Dibrugarh Rajdhani express: Suresh Prabhu .

12.32 pm: We have begun the process of starting WiFi services at railway stations. Plan to introduce WiFi to 400 stations over the next 2 yrs. Partnered with Google: Prabhu

12.30 pm: We introduced 1,780 ticket vending machines: Suresh Prabhu.

12.27 pm: We intend switch over to paperless contract management system where bids will be invited online and tender will be awarded electronically. 2000-km Rail route to be electrified in 2016-17: Prabhu.

12.26 pm: Our mission is to ensure 100% transparency. Social media is also being used as a tool to bring transparency, says Prabhu.

12.23 pm: Mizoram and Manipur to be brought under broad gauge soon. Port connectivity is an important element to ensure seamless connectivity: Prabhu. 

12.21 pm: 1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km in the next year are proposed. By 2020, plans to eliminate all unmanned level crossings: Prabhu.

12.20 pm: We'll be surpassing the ambitious target of 2,500 km of broad gauge line this year: Prabhu.

12.19 pm: For first time Railways absolute reductions is planned in categories like diesel, electricity through concrete, rigorous planning: Rail Min.

12.18 pm: Action has been taken on 139 budget announcements in last budget: Prabhu.

12.16 pm: Every rupee investment in Indian Railways can impact economic output in the larger economy by a factor of 5: Prabhu.

12.14 pm: A saving of ₹8,720 crore for budget estimates of last year will be effected this year, says Suresh Prabhu. "We will be at the forefront of infrastructure development in the country," he said.

12.13 pm: We need to reorganise and rejuvenate the Indian Railways. Railway Budget 2016 will transform lives, says Prabhu.

12.10 pm: PM once said his vision is to make Railways the backbone of India's progress and economic development: Suresh Prabhu.

12.09 pm: Our core objective is to improve customer experience at individual level: Prabhu.

12.06 pm: Rail budget reflects aspirations of common citizens: Suresh Prabhu.

12.02 pm: Suresh Prabhu presents Railway Budget in Lok Sabha.

Suresh Prabhu Parliament

11.38 am: Suresh Prabhu at Parliament along with MoS Manoj Sinha carrying Railway Budget 2016 documents

11.25 am: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Rail Bhawan ahead of Rail Budget.

11.10 am: Railways minister Suresh Prabhu leaves from his residence for Rail Bhawan in Delhi

11.00 am: "Huge over burden of the past needs to be corrected over the next 5 years", says Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

10.45 am: "It will be a good budget and in benefit of the nation", says Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Rail Budget 2016.

10.30 am: Railways Minister may offer culinary options for passengers today,so people may enjoy a variety of local cuisines.

10.10 am: Everything that we do in Railways is based on the priority of the country: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

10.00 am: Copies of Rail Budget 2016 at the Parliament.

9.55 am: The budget should truly be for the people and by the people, says Suresh Prabhu's wife.

9.35 am: Delhi: Copies of Railway Budget 2016 brought to Parliament.


Prabhu will leave from Rail Bhawan carrying Rail Budget documents at 11:25 am. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha will accompany him.

Meanwhile, Prabhu on Wednesday said that the Rail Budget will cater to the needs of all satisfactorily as a lot of effort has gone into its preparation.

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