Railway Budget geared to overcome challenges

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Indian RailwaysNew Delhi: The Railway Budget presented in Parliament today by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu centres round the theme that focuses on overcoming challenges through a process of reorganising, restructuring and rejuvenating the reailways. The projected strategy is to target new revenues, pay attention to building new norms and build new structures.

In his presentation, the Railway Minister underscored that in terms of Financial Performance, savings of Rs. 6720 crore during 2015-16 has helped in neutralizing most of the revenue shortfall of Indian Railways.

Key features of the Railway Budget

  • No Hike in Passenger Fare
  • Gross Traffic Receipts have been Kept at Rs 1,84,820 Crore
  • Time Tabled Freight Container /Parcel Train to be Started this Year
  • Transformation of Indian Railways through Avataran – seven Mission mode activities
  • Railways to Partner with State Governments for Operation of Tourist Circuit Trains
  • Sarathi Seva to help old and Disabled Passengers to be Extended to More Stations
  • Bids Finalized for setting up two Loco Factories under ‘Make in India’ initiative
  • All Stations to be made Disabiled Friendly
  • Better Rail connectivity to North East & Jammu and Kashmir
  • Indian Railway for Reorganization of Railway Board
  • E-Catering Services to be Extended to 408 A1 and A Class Stations
  • Railway Proposes to Set Up ‘SRESTHA’- A R&D Organization Bringing Most of IR Companies Under an Umbrella of a Holding Company
  • Facilities for Divyang, Senior Citizens and Women Travelers
  • Introduction of 30,000 Bio-Toilets in Trains by the Next Financial Year
  • Railways to increase revenue through non-fare sources
  • Dedicated Freight Corridor project to be Given high priority
  • Railway Planning & Investment Organisation to Be Set-up Indian Railway to Develop National Rail Plan-2030
  • Indian Railways for 100 per cent transparency in all its Operations
  • E-Booking of Tickets on the Concessional Passes for Journalists to be Introduced
  • Railways to implement EPC mode for undertaking works
  • A Dedicated, Cross Functional Team – Sutra to Be Set Up Rs. 50 Crore to Support Internal and External Innovation Innovation Committee to be Headed by Shri Ratan Tata
  • Increased Outlay for Electrification of Railways
  • Two New Corridors Planned for Mumbai Suburban Train
  • Railways to provide 17000 Bio-Toilets in Trains under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Mission
  • Railways for Port Connectivity to Boost Country’s Imports and Exports
  • Antyodaya Express and Deen Dayalu Coaches to be Introduced for the Unreserved Passenger
  • ‘AYUSH’ Systems in 5 Railway Hospitals Introduced Gang Men will be Provided with Devices Called ‘Rakshak’ for Promoting Research in Key Policy Areas Two Chairs Set Up
  • Railways to ensure independence of Rail Development Authority
  • Initiatives taken to improve Passenger Ammenities
  • Railway Undertakes Energy Audits to Reduce Energy Consumption in Non-Traction Area by 10% to 15%
  • Ordinary Working Expenses in the R.E. 2015-16 decreased by Rs 8,720 crore
  • Wi-Fi Services at 100 Stations to be Commissioned this Year and at 400 more Stations in the next 2 Years.
  • IRCTC has Begun the Process of Empanelling Self-Help Groups for Providing Catering/Cooking Services
  • Railways Vision 2020 to meet Long Felt Desires of Common Man

Railway Exploring Multilateral Financial Investment Partnership with State Governments for Redevelopment of Sta


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