Rail Budget Highlights: Loss of human life is too heavy a price to pay, says Prabhu

BT Online Bureau        Last Updated: February 26, 2015  | 15:31 IST
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
  • Rail Budget disappoints NDA constituent PMK, S Ramadoss says there are no new announcements.
  • Railway minister has focussed on 5-year plan and not fallen into any immediate populist measure: PM Modi.
  • Today, we want services that are transparent and rail minister took a step towards that: PM Narendra Modi.
  • Parliament, which is a stakeholder in railways, wasn't taken into confidence before making announcements on projects: TMC.
  • This is a brake-fail budget, a clerical and casual approach: TMC on Rail Budget.
  • We have tried to accomplish common man's needs in Rail Budget: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Money will come from extra budgetary sources, we are talking to World Bank, Asian Development Bank: Suresh Prabhu on Rail Budget.
  • This Rail Budget is to better the railways, if the railways improve the nation will improve: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Diesel prices have come down yet there has been no reduction in passenger fares: Mamata Banerjee.
  • Who are they trying to fool by not hiking passenger fares in this budget; they have already hiked fares recently: Mamata Banerjee.
  • This govt is a govt of farmers and works for their welfare, we've laid emphasis on this: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We have talked of CCTV surveillance for security of women in railways, online booking of wheelchairs for senior citizens: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Without increasing fares, the plan size has been increased to approximately 52%, convenience of passengers kept in mind: Amit Shah.
  • Rail Budget has given great importance to passenger convenience & safety; I congratulate PM & rail minister: Amit Shah.
  • We have some very fine ideas, but no concrete indication on the revenue source or a credible implementation plan: Shashi Tharoor.
  • There was expectation that fares would reduce, but that didn't happen: Nitish Kumar.
  • I couldn't understand what was there in Rail Budget, I will have to meet Suresh Prabhu what's there in it: NCP MP Supriya Sule.
  • It's a useless Rail Budget, it spells out nothing for 2015-2016; a vision document for 2030: Veerappa Moily.
  • A supplementary Rail Budget needs too be presented, this can just be called a half budget: SAD MP PS Chandumajra.
  • For the first time in the country's history Rail Budget has administrative, economic & technological reforms: Nitin Gadkari.
  • It's a holistic Rail Budget, there is a vision; very profound & development oriented budget: Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • Rail Budget is a long statement of intent without any substance as to how it will be achieved: JD-U's Pavan Verma.
  • It was just a set of promises, main fine prints have not been talked about including how you will finance it: Dinesh Trivedi.
  • It is an innovative Rail Budget with out-of-the-box ideas: LJP MP Chirag Paswan.
  • General comment without reading the entire budget is 'there is no budget this time, it is just an idea': Dinesh Trivedi.
  • I am particularly delighted that for the 1st time there is a concrete vision for technology upgradation & modernisation of the railways: PM.
  • Rail Budget 2015 stands out for its focus on the common man, putting speed, scale, service & safety, all on one track: PM Modi.
  • Happy that Rail Budget looks at such deep details like women safety, convenience for senior citizens and passengers: Smriti Irani.
  • Rail Budget 2015 is a forward looking, futuristic & passenger centric budget, combining a clear vision & a definite plan to achieve it: PM.
  • Rail Budget lays out a clear roadmap to make the Railways the key driver of India's economic growth & playing a key role in India's progress: PM.
  • I don't really see anything new, it's just continuation of previous projects: Former railway minister Pawan Bansal on Rail Budget.
  • We haven't seen any improvement in the condition of Indian Railways in last 9 months: Mayawati.
  • Many new announcements were made, but they didn't tell us how many of the projects introduced in last budget were implemented: Mayawati.
  • No announcement about new trains, we were expecting reduction in rail fare: Congress MP Rajeev Shukla on Rail Budget.
  • The Rail Budget reflects the vision of PM, it'll ensure more safety, speed and address the resource crunch: Prakash Javadekar.
  • IRCTC to work on Kisan Yatra, a special scheme for farmers: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Corruption at all levels is affecting common man, we are working on solution to address this menace: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We are launching a coastal connectivity programme this year at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Suresh Prabhu identifies encroachment on railways land as a serious issue, says mapping is being done to fix the responsibility on officials.
  • We propose to get a system audit conducted for railways in next 2 months: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Focus will be to improve freight handling; wagon leasing to be made attractive to private players, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • Rs 6,581 crore to be spent on level crossing safety: Suresh Prabhu.
  • 4 railway research centres to be set up at various universities, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • We will revamp PPP cell to make it more result-oriented: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Train collision detection system to be installed on selected routes, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • 917 safety work projects to eliminate over 3,000 unmanned crossings in all states: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Audio visual warning, radio based signals design, unmanned level crossing on cards to enhance safety: Suresh Prabhu.
  • To prevent fire in coaches, we'll install train protection warning system and train collision avoiding system: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Safety is of paramount importance; loss of human life is too heavy a price to pay: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Transformation of railways offers great opportunity for Make in India initiative: Suresh Prabhu.
  • With the increase in speed, Delhi-Kolkata journey can be done overnight, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • Speed of 9 corridors to be increased from 110-130 km/hr to 160-200 km/hr, says rail minister.
  • Automatic freight scheme will be launched on all-India basis, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • 6,000 km to be electrified in 2015-16 compared to 462 km in 2014-15: Suresh Prabhu.
  • By 2019 the proposed investment in railways would be to the tune of Rs 8.56 lakh crore: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Committed to provide rail connectivity to northeast states: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Middle berth will now be reserved for women and senior citizens, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • Satellite railway terminals in 10 major cities, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • We will invite open bids for redevelopment of stations: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Suresh Prabhu proposes to move towards paperless ticketing.
  • Braille enabled coaches, collaboration with NIFT & NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designs: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railway minister urges MPs to use a part of their funds to improve customer amenities at station platforms.
  • We are increasing number of days for booking tickets to 120 days: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railways to run AC trains for Mumbai suburban local service, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railway minister says SMS alert service will begin to inform passengers about arrival and departure of their trains.
  • On board entertainment on some Shatabdi trains to be introduced, says rail minister.
  • We will create a multi-lingual e-ticketing system: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Surveillance cameras will be installed on select mainline and ladies' compartments, promises Suresh Prabhu.
  • Automatic ticket vending machines, smart cards & integrated ticketing to be further expanded across stations: Suresh Prabhu.
  • E-catering introduced in 108 locations, we are working to integrate best food chains: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Introduction of integrated ticketing will be done, a defence travel system has been developed to make travel easier: Suresh Prabhu.
  • A mobile application to address people's complaints is being developed: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Passenger travelling unreserved can buy a ticket in 5 minutes under "operation 5 minutes", says Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railways will utilise Nirbhaya fund for augmenting safer travel for women, says Suresh Prabhu.
  • A separate department will be created to take care of cleanliness: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Ensuring higher standards of cleanliness a priority for us; we are working on Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We will increase track length by 20% and passenger carrying capacity from 21 to 30 million: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu rules out hike in passenger fares.
  • Railway belongs to the whole nation, decisions must be fair to all stakeholders: Suresh Prabhu emphasising on transparency.
  • I thank PM Modi for infusing all Indians with a sense of pride and dream of prosperous nation: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We envisage investment of over Rs 850,000 crore over 5 years: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We'll revamp management practices, processes and procedures: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We will increase track capacity by 14% to 138,000 km: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
  • Transforming railways will require us to partner with key stakeholders, we will work with states: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We want to make railways self-sustainable: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Is it surprising that Rajdhanis and Shatabdis can run at 130 km/hr but actually run at 70 km/hr: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We will extend railways and modernise infrastructure: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We have fixed goals for ourselves - make railways a safer means of travel: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Good governance emerges out of participative governance, people's involvement is very high with railways: Suresh Prabhu.
  • The legacy of lost decades may take some time to neutralise: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railway is a unique integrator of India, it is a network of veins pumping blood in the economy of India, says Prabhu.
  • I am convinced that we can deliver: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
  • Indian Railways has suffered from a vicious cycle of underinvestment for long time leading to deterioration: Suresh Prabhu.
  • In the next 5 years our priority will be to improve capacity in high-density networks: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railways carry a heavy burden of expectations: Suresh Prabhu.
  • 492 sections of Indian Railways running at a capacity of over 100%; 228 running between 80-100%: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Investment in railways will create jobs and is important for environmental sustainability: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railway is a unique integrator of India: Suresh Prabhu in his Rail Budget.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu begins his Rail Budget speech in Lok Sabha.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to present his maiden Rail Budget shortly.
  • We will keep in mind long term interest of railways and interests of common passenger and try to balance the both: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We have to get investments and become highly competitive in quality of services we offer: Suresh Prabhu.
  • We have to make railways a globally benchmark organisation in safety, security and infrastructure: Suresh Prabhu.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Parliament for his first Rail Budget.
  • 95% of our passengers are common people; we have to take care of their interests, priorities & grievances: Suresh Prabhu.
  • I hope it will be a forward looking Rail Budget: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • We fear the govt will raise fares; there is no infrastructure for bullet trains: CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu leaves Rail Bhavan for Parliament, his budget speech to begin at noon.
  • Suresh Prabhu will present a good budget and try to live up to people's aspirations: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.
  • Govt is talking about bullet trains, but there are no tracks: Sharad Yadav.
  • Indian Railways is in a mess, says J-DU chief Sharad Yadav.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Rail Bhavan.
  • The budget will be good, it will be people's budget: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu before leaving home.
  • Railways have become dirtier after the Swachh Bharat campaign, says Mohammed Salim.
  • There are a lot of incomplete railway projects, people are disillusioned: CPI leader Mohammed Salim.
  • 'Bullet train a great idea but costs about Rs 300 cr for 1 km. Is it doable?,' asks former Rail Minister Dinesh Trivedi.
  • 'Hopes of bullet trains, golden quadrilateral didn't find any refraction on ground: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, former MoS Railway.
  • 'The budget will set the direction of long and difficult road of reform,' says Prabhu ahead of presenting the Raiway Budget.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to leave for Rail Bhavan shortly.
  • BSE Sensex trading 70 points lower at 10.22 am, NSE Nifty down 20 points.
  • Copies of Rail Budget 2015 reach Parliament.
  • 'Common man will be given prime importance, Rail Budget will be as per their expectations,' says Sinha.
  • 'Expansion and modernisation of Indian Rail network will be seen, passengers will be benefitted,' adds Sinha.
  • 'Rail Budget will bring a smile to everyone's face, all issues will be addressed,' says Manoj Sinha, MoS, Railway.
  • India has the fourth largest rail network in the world, used by some 25 million passengers each day.
  • MPs and state governments have demanded new trains, rail lines and projects in the Budget.
  • Proposals for 'Make in India' initiatives besides enhancing safety and security on anvil.
  • Road map for attracting private investment for the Railways may be announced.
  • The railway network may receive at least a 25% boost in investment to over $9 billion on falling fuel costs.
  • Prabhu may not announce too many new trains and instead do it gradually over the course of the year.
  • Prabhu, 61, is a CA by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present maiden Rail Budget in Parliament today.
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