Railway Budget 2015: Highlights

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New Delhi, Feb 26: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented the Railway Budget of 2015-16 on Thursday. Here are the highlights of the first full-fledged budget of the Narendra Modi government:


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  • No hike in passenger fare
  • No new trains announced
  • Tickets can be booked 120 days in advance instead of 60 days to tackle tout menace
  • Outlay for passenger amenities raised by 67
  • Plan expenditure to go up to a record Rs 1.1 lakh crore in 2015-16 from Rs 66,000 crore in the previous years
  • New trains can save 20% of journey time, similar to bullet trains
  • The speed of passenger trains across nine corridors will be increased from 110 kilometre to 160-200 km
  • Introduction of air-conditioned coaches for suburban trains
  • Wi-fi to be available at 400 railway stations
  • SMS alert for train timings
  • To revamp station redevelopment policy completely
  • Bidding system for redevelopment of stations
  • Developing 10 satellite railway stations this year
  • 800 km of gauge conversion to be commissioned
  • E-catering introduced in 108 trains, can order on IRCTC website
  • To expand water vending machines in more stations
  • On-board entertainment facility may be extended on Shatabdi trains
  • Mobile charging stations to be introduced in general class coaches
  • More general class coaches to be added to select trains for benefit of the common man
  • Railways to spend over Rs 8 lakh crore over 5 years
  • Pension funds, multi-lateral banks have shown interest in Railways
  • Proposed best operating ratio in 9 years, of 88.5 per cent for 2015-16
  • Railways to increase track capacity by 10 per cent to 1.38 lakh kilometres
  • Feasibility report of high-speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad expected by mid-2015
  • To improve cleanliness & design of bed linen
  • All India 24x7 grievances helpline 138 to begin soon
  • Wagon-making scheme to be reviewed for private investment

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