"We are ready to pay a bit more than the existing fares but the facilities promised should be fulfilled," Ashok Sharma, a regular commuter, told ANI.
Manoj Kumar New Delhi/Mumbai/Nagpur Last Updated: February 26, 2015 | 11:12 IST
Ahead of the presentation of Railway Budget 2015-16 in the Parliament by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today, passengers across the country are demanding improved facilities and better safety provisions.
"The female security officers should be deployed in every coach for the safety of women," said a local resident of the national capital.
"The number of trains should definitely be increased because every time one has to book the ticket months in advance," another passenger from the capital city told ANI.
Passengers from Nagpur expect some new trains to start running in the state.
"We expect that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will live up to our expectations and will provide the general public with all the facilities needed. The number of trains running should also be increased," said a Nagpur passenger.
Meanwhile, the 'coolies' at the Nagpur and New Delhi's Anand Vihar station also have high expectations from the soon to be presented Railway Budget.
"Our union had gone to Delhi to meet the Railway Minister. We appeal for some increment in our income and facilities provided," said a 'coolie' from Nagpur.
"We have high hopes from this year's Budget. We had met Ram Vilas Paswan on February 20 demanding a job and a position in the 4th class. Also, we want pension to be provided to retired coolies," porter Munshi Khan told ANI.
A regular commuter from Mumbai said that the government may increase pasenger fares by a margin but the services provided should be improved or at least maintained.
"We are ready to pay a bit more than the existing fares but the facilities promised should be fulfilled," Ashok Sharma, a local, told ANI.
This will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government's first full-year Railway Budget.