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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS OF RAILWAY BUDGET 2013 - 2014

Indian Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal presented the Railway Budget of 2013-2014. It is very happy to hear that railway will take some advanced steps related to services provided to the passengers in the trains.
  • Common rail-bus ticket to be introduced for Katra-Vaishnodevi pilgrims
  • New train Azadi Express to places linked with the freedom struggle to be introduced, fares to be concessional
  • Internet booking to be provided from 0030 hours to 2330 hours
  • Internet booking to be strengthened with next-generation e-ticketing system to eliminate delays
  • Special A/C coaches ‘Anubhuti’, to be introduced in select Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains to give excellent ambiance with commensurate fare
  • Railways will use Aadhar data base for bookings and validation of passengers
  • SMS alert service being rolled out shortly to intimate passengers about reservation status
  • Free wi-fi facility to be provided in select trains
  • Plan to allow e-ticketing via mobile phones
  • Railway committed to bring marked change in passenger amenities
  • Aim to eliminate 31,846 level crossings
  • Identification of 104 stations for up gradation in places with more than one million population and of religious significance
  • Railways to set up six more Rail Neer bottling plants
  • 10% reservation for women in RPF
  • Presence of women in RPF to go up
  • Plan for elephant corridor safety
  • Corporate safety plan propose
  •  Railway safety fund inadequate
  • Fall in accidents — per million accidents down from .41 to .13
  • There has been significant drop in train accidents
  • Rs. 95,000 crore shortfall, meeting this shortfall will mean a paradigm shift
  • Rs 1 lakh crore to be raised from public-private partnership, Rs 1.05 lakh crore through internal resources in the 12th Plan.
  • 12th Plan railway size to be Rs 5.19 lakh crore, with gross budgetary support of Rs 1.94 lakh crore

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