Railway Budget 2
- No new hike in passenger fares and Freight fares. Promised to bring down freight rates and double non-tariff revenue for the ailing national transport.
Investments and Resources
- Process bottlenecks overhauled including delegation of powers to functional levels; average capital expenditure over 2009-14 is ? 48,100 crore, average growth of 8% per annum.
- 2015-16 investment would be close to double of the average of previous 5 years.
- 2016-17 CAPEX pegged at ? 1-21 lakh crore; implementation through joint ventures with states, developing new frameworks for PPP, etc.
- By 2020, long-felt desires of the common man to be fulfilled e., reserved accommodation on trains available on demand, time tabled freight trains, high end technology to improve safety record, elimination of all unmanned’level crossings, improved punctuality, higher average speed of freight trains, semi high speed trains running along the golden quadrilateral, zero direct discharge of human waste.
- 2015-16 assured funding through LIC; commissioning of 2,500 kms Broad Gauge lines; commissioning of 1,600 kms of electrification, highest ever. In 2016-17 targeted commissioning 2,800 kms of track; commissioning Broad Gauge lines @ over 7 kms per day against an average of about 4-3 kms per day in the last 6 years. Would increase to about 13 kms per day in 2017-18 and 19 kms per day in 2018-19; will generate employment of about 9 crore man days in 2017- 18 and 14 crore man days in 2018-19. Outlay for railway electrification increased in 2016-17 by almost 50%; target to electrify 2,000 kms.
- For the unreserved passenger :
- Antyodaya Express superfast unreserved service.
- Deen Dayalu unreserved coaches with potable water facility and higher number of mobile charging points.
- For the reserved passenger :
- Humsafar: Fully air-conditioned service with an optional service for meals.
- Tejas : It will operate at speeds of 130 kmph and above and shall showcase the future of train travel in India. It will offer on board services such as local cuisine, entertainment, WiFi, etc.
- UDAY (Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri) Express : Overnight double-decker express on the busiest routes. Potential to increase carrying capacity by almost 40%.
- SMART (Specially Modified Aesthetic Refreshing Travel) Coaches: These coaches are designed to ensure higher carrying capacity and provision of new amenities including automatic doors, biovacuum toilets, bar-code readers, water-level indicators, accessible dustbins, ergonomic seating, vending machines, improved aesthetics, LED lit boards for advertising, entertainment screens, PA system.
SMS service ‘Clean my Coach’, ranking of A1 and A railway stations based on periodic third party audit and passenger feedback, additional 30,000 bio-toilets; providing portable structures with biotoilets at all platforms of select stations for senior citizens, Divyang and women travellers, plan to explore innovative means of providing and maintaining toilets such as advertisement rights, CSR voluntary support from social organizations.
Catering and stalls at stations : IRCTC to manage catering services in a phased manner; explore possibility of making catering services optional, adding 10 more IRCTC operated base kitchens; to build local ownership and empowerment, weightage will be given to district domicile holders for commercial licenses at stations.
Stoppages : convert all operational halts into commercial halts for the benefit of the commonman.
Rail Mitra Sewa : expanding Sarathi Seva in Konkar. Railway to help the old and disabled passengers, strengthening the existing services for enabling passengers to book battery operated cars, porter services, etc. on a paid basis in addition to the existing pick up and drop and wheel chair services.
Waste segregation and recycling centres, additional 30,000 bio-toilets etc.:
- Catering and stalls at stations : IRCTC will manage catering services in a phased manner; explore possibility of making catering services optional, build local ownership and empowerment. Railway is extending e-catering to all rail stations. IRCTC will make available local cuisine of choice, hygienic food. Travelling mothers, Children’s menu, baby foods baby boards will be made available.
- Women Quota : 33 per cent sub-quota for women will be provided under all reserved categories. Railways will also increase the quota of lower berths for women and senior citizens.
- Rail Mitra Sewa : Strengthening the existing services for enabling passengers to book battery operated cars, porter services, et$.
- Expanding Sarathi Seva in Konkan Railway to help the disabled and old passengers.
- Ticketing : Capacity of e-ticketing system has beer, enhanced from 2000 tickets per min to 7,200 per mir. Railway introduces 1,780 ticket-vending machines, e-ticket facility for foreign debit, credit card holders. Sale of tickets through hand held terminals e-ticketing facility to foreign, debit/credit cards; bar coded tickets, scanners and access control on a pilot basis. Expansion of Vikalp-train on demand to provide choice of accommodation in specific trains to wait listed passengers. E-booking of tickets facility on the concessional passes available to journalists: facility of cancellation through the 139 helpline pos: verification using ‘One Time Password’ sent on regis -tered phone number, to improve tatkal services CCTV cameras on windows and periodic audit o: PRS website.