Ral Budget 2016: Mizoram and Manipur will shortly come on BGmap

New Delhi 

Underlining the importance of North-eastern states, the minister said In North East, Mizoram and Manipur will shortly come on BG map of the country with commissioning of the Kathakal-Bhairabi and Arunachal-Jiribam Gauge conversion projects. Presenting the Railway Budget in Parliament on Thursday Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said there is no hike in passenger fare in this year’s Railway Budget.  He said Rail  Budget  seeks to fulfil the long-felt desires of the common man such as 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 by the year 2020.


The Highlights of the Rail Budget 2016-17

  • Setting aside Rs 50 cr to fund startups by railway employee
  • 2 month internships in Railways for 100 students across Engineering & MBA
  • To introduce National Rail Plan to harmonise network & set up a new R&D organization
  • Drones to be used for remote monitoring physical monitoring of ongoing projects.
  • 100 terrabytes of data created annually. These to be analysed systematically
  • 33% sub-quota for women under all reserved categories.
  • We’ll increase the advertising revenue by more than four times this year.
  • We intend to give special focus to exploring advertising potentials at big stations.
  • In-principal nod for MUTP projects received.
  • Advertisement at 20000 display screens at 2000 stations to benefit FMCG companies\Other large adspenders
  • Container sector will be open to all traffic barring coal & select ores
  • India’s first rail auto hub to come up in Chennai.
  • Private parties in a non-operational areas are working with us
  • Will soon inaugurate dedicated rail auto hub in Chennai & explore the possibility of leasing out general purpose wagons
  • Special purpose vehicle for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speech corridor registered this month: rail budget 2016-17.
  • A full-fledged market study on freight basket underway for revival of freight share.
  • Railways will partner with the Govt. of TN for developing suburban network in Chennai through innovative financing methods.
  • Railways to increase share of non-tariff revenues from the current level of 5%
  • I propose to invite FM radio stations to provide train borne entertainment via PA systems
  • We intend to publish Rail Bandhu magazine in all regional languages.
  • Elevated rail corridors from Churchgate to Virar and CST to Panvel on the cards.
  • Railside Logistic Parks and Warehouses proposed for capacity building of terminals
  • We have also revamped our internal audit system with view to bringing in efficiency in working practices
  • Rail side logistic parks and warehouses proposed for capacity building of terminals
  • We have also revamped our internal audit system with view to bringing in efficiency in working practices.
  • All new Railway stations to be built as per Accessible India guidelines.
  • IRCTC will make available local cuisine of choice, hygienic food.
  • Intend to publish Rail Bandhu magazine in all regional languages
  • We’ve introduced Sarthi Seva in Konkan Railways for help to senior citizens; will expand this service.
  • All new Railway stations to be built as per Accessible India guidelines.
  • 2 elevated suburban corridors between Churchgate/Virar; CSTM and Panvel
  • Passenger services to be improved at various stations visited by pilgrims
  • “Coolies” will be called as “Sahayak”
  • New policy of multi-purpose stalls at station to provide multiple services like milk and medicines.
  • Local cuisine of choice will be made available to passengers
  • Third party audit on catering, we will also enforce reservation for SC/ST and for women in catering: Suresh Prabhu
  • Introduce Antyodaya Express, superfast train for long routes
  • A sub quota of 33% for women in each of the categories
  • Introduced Sarthi Seva in Konkan Railways for help to senior citizens
  • Local cuisine of choice will be made available to passengers
  • ‘Clean my coach’ service through sms on pan-india basis
  • ‘Clean my coach’ service through sms on pan-india basis
  • IRCTC will begin to manage catering service in phased manner
  • Introduced Utkrisht double decker air conditioned yartri (UDAY) express with increased carrying capacity of almost 40%
  • To commence ticket sale by hand held devices
  • National Academy of Railways at Vadodara to be made a full fledged university
  • We will also introduce overnight double-decker trains on the busiest roots
  • We propose to introduce Antyoday Express, a fully unreserved train on dense routes: Suresh Prabhu
  • Track Mangement System implemented under DigitalIndia
  • Contracts of 24,000 cr awarded since Nov 2014 Vs 13,000 cr in last 6 Yrs
  • All contracts for civil engineering works to be awarded soon
  • World’s first Bio-vacuum toilet developed by Indian Railways is being used in Bibrugarh Rajdhani express.
  • 17,000 toilets in 475 stations before this financial year:
  • All India 24×7 helpline number introduced for safety specially women;CCTV cameras installed
  • All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner
  • Increasing Senior Citizen Quota By 50%
  • Supporting 1.2 lakh concurrent users now, as opposed to 40,000 earlier
  • Enhanced capacity of eticketing system from 2000 tickets/min to 7,200/min
  • 1780 ticket vending machines were set up, smart cards for cashless and mobile apps used
  • We will commission 2,800 km of new tracks in next year.
  • Today there is no barrier between the common passengers and the Railways: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
  • We intend switch over to paperless contract management system where bids will be invited online and tender will be awarded electronically
  • Schemes being given assent in 6-8 month instead of two years to increase efficiency
  • New locomotive factories to be set up with an order book of 40,000 crore rupees
  • Propose To Electrify 2,000 km Of Railway Lines In FY17
  • Social Media will be used to bring transparency in our working: Suresh Prabhu
  • We have started recruitment process online for Railways to bring 100% transperancy
  • Budget reflects the aspiration of Railway family: Suresh Prabhu
  • We will innovate and optimize the way forward.: Suresh Prabhu
  • India Railways have a saving of 8,720 Cr from previous Budget Estimates: Suresh Prabhu
  • Capital Outlay to increase to Rs. 1,21 lakh crore : Suresh Prabhu
  • We hope to generate revenues to the order of Rs 1,84,820 Crores: Suresh Prabhu
  • Next year, we plan to construct 2,800 kms of lines
  • We would be surpassing the ambitious target of 2,500 Kms of broad gauge line this year
  • Core objective is to become an engine of employment generation and economic growth at national level.
  • Action has been taken on 139 budget annoucements in last budget.
  • Pension Spending In FY17 Targetted At Rs 45,500 Cr
  • More dedicated freight corridors to accommodate the increased demand in freight transport.
  • 14 crore mandays of employment to be generated in 2018-19
  • LIC Has Agreed To Fund Rs 1.5 Lakh Cr Over Next 5 Years
  • 1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km in the next year are proposed.
  • 23 million is the number of passengers railways carry everyday.
  • We are poised to commission broad gauge lines at the rate of 7 km per day against 4.5 km over last five years.
  • Port connectivity and North East connectivity will be priority in this budget


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