Railway Budget 2016 - Key Highlights
Ashish Bharati 25-02-2016
Here are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2016 presented in the Parliament by Suresh Prabhu on 25th Feb:
- Budget’s 3 Rs are restructure, reorgranise, rejuvenate.
- 8.5 lakh crore to be spent over 5 years for modernisation of railway infrastructure.
- Govt expects revenue growth of over 10% this year. For year 2016-17 the operating ratio to be at 92%.
- 1.21 lakh crores capital plan in Rail Budget2016. 1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km proposed for the next year. increased electrification budget by 50%.
- Indian Railways to surpass ambitious target of commissioning 2,500 kms of broad gauge lines, almost 30% higher than last year.
- No hike in passenger fares.
- Eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020.
- Swacch Bharat: 17000 biotoilets and additional toilets in 475 stations before the close of this financial year.
- Increased quota for senior citizens and women travellers this year.
- Wifi at 100 stations this year and 400 stations next year.
- Enhanced capacity of e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets/min to 7,200/min. Supporting 1.2 lakh concurrent users now, as opposed to 40,000 earlier.
- All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner.
- Deen Dayal coaches for long distance trains for unreserved passengers. These coaches will include potable water and higher number of mobile charging points.
- Children's menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers.
- GPS-based digital display in coaches for showing upcoming stations.
- To introduce bar-coded tickets on pilot basis to tackle menace of ticketless travel.
- Overnight double-decker trains to be introduced on business travel routes.
- North-East India, especially Mizoram and Manipur, to be connected through broad gauge soon.
- Tejas: Will showcase future of train travel in India with operating speed of 130 KMPH and above.
- Will introduce sub-quota of 33% for women in each of the reserved categories in catering.
- Prabhu introduces Utkrisht double-decker AC yatri (Uday) Express with increased capacity of almost 40%.
- Will open cancellation facility through 139 helpline number.
- Porters to not be called ‘coolies’ but ‘sahayaks’ now; will be trained in soft skills.