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Last Updated: February 26, 2015 | 15:31 IST
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.
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