Rail Budget

Railway Budget presented today in Parliament proposed measures to make Indian Railways prime mover of Indian Economy once again. It seeks resource mobilization for higher investment, decongestion of heavy haul routes and speeding of trains and project delivery, better passenger amenities and safety, and to make railways a preferred mode of transport for masses.
Presenting the Budget in Parliament, Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that all critical initiatives proposed will be pursued in mission mode.
The Budget proposals have set four goals to transform Indian Railways over next five years which are- a sustainable and measurable improvement in customer experience, make rail a safer means of travel, expansion of capacity substantially , modernization of infrastructure and finally to make railways financially self-sustainable. To achieve these goals the budget proposes five drivers which include adopting a medium-term perspective plan consisting ofWhite Paper, a Vision-2030 document and a five year action plan.
Building Partnerships with key stakeholders for long term financing and overseas technology, improving last mile connectivity, expanding fleet of rolling stock and modernization of station infrastructure are included in these drivers.
Railways will also leverage additional resources; envisages investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in
next five years.
No hike in Railway Passenger Fares
Plan Outlay proposed Rs. 1,00,011 crore, increased by 52%
Allocation for passenger amenities up by 67%
Railways to become prime mover of Indian Economy, Five years action plan proposed
Rail Budget seeks resource mobilization for higher investment
Thrust on measurable and sustainable improvement in passenger experience and to make Rail a safer means of travel
Hot buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets within 5 minutes, e-catering to select meals
from an array of choices
200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme; Wi - Fi to be provided at B category stations
24X7 helplines for attending passenger problems and security related complaints
For the safety of women passengers surveillance cameras in suburban coaches
More General class coaches will be added in identified trains.
The speed of nine railway corridors will be increased to 160 and 200 kmph
Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System to be installed on select routes
77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works proposed
A new department for keeping stations and trains clean under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan