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Rail Budget 2016: No passenger fare hike announced

The Rail Budget 2016 is expected to focus on massive capacity creation with an increased plan outlay of about Rs 1.25 lakh crore.

BT Online | February 25, 2016 | Updated 19:14 IST
Rail Budget 2016-17
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
  • No passenger fare hike announced
  • Suresh Prabhu has proposed developing suburban systems of Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Chennai by deploying innovative financing mechanisms
  • Nothing new in Rail Budget 2016,except for bio vaccum toilets, but I don't know how succesful it will be, says former Rail Minister Pawan Bansal
  • 1,780 automatic ticket vending machines, mobile apps and GoIndia smartcard announced
  • Railway Board to be re-organised
  • Direct procurement of diesel to help save Rs 1,500 crore in 2016-17
  • Humsafar Express, fully air-conditioned third AC service with an optional service for meals to be introduced
  • Time-table freight container train to be run on pilot basis
  • Porters to not be called "coolies" but be called "sahayaks" now; will be trained in soft skills
  • Broad gauge line building target at 7 km/day
  • Railways to borrow Rs 18,580 crore in 2016-17 fiscal
  • World's first Bio-vacuum toilet developed by Indian Railways is being used in Bibrugarh Rajdhani express
  • Railways to commission wi-fi services at 100 stations in 2016
  • All stations will be brought under CCTV surveillance
  • Ticket cancellation facility through 139 helpline
  • Now, clean my coach service via SMS, says Suresh Prabhu
  • Railways added more escalators and lifts and reserved middle bays in coaches for women security
  • Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, superfast train, for common man to be operated on densely populated routes
  • Suresh Prabhu ends his Rail Budget speech
  • E-booking ticket facility on the concessional passes available to journalists CCTV coverage at all tatkaal counters, Vikalp - a new scheme which will be introduced
  • Retiring room to be booked on hourly basis by passenger in transit
  • 20,000 display screens across 2,000 stations for better dissemination of information to passenger
  • Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be spent over 5 years for modernization of railway infrastructure
  • Logistics and warehouse parks to be created on PPP mode
  • Battery operated cars and paid porters service for specially abled people
  • Railways to introduce overnight double-decker trains on the busiest roots
  • Retiring room to be booked on hourly basis by passenger in transit
  • We will introduce separate toilets for "divyaang" people, says Prabhu
  • 33 per cent reservation to women in reserved quota in Railways will be introduced
  • Baby food at stations, child menu on all trains
  • Railways to increase lower berth quota for senior citizens by 50 per cent
  • Fully unreserved superfast trains coming on heavy traffic routes, says Suresh Prabhu
  • Bar-coded tickets to be introduced at select stations on pilot basis
  • Railway safety record is better this year than previous years but much more needs to be done, says Suresh Prabhu
  • Ticket cancellation via phone calls soon, says Suresh Prabhu
  • E-ticketing supports 1.2 lakh concurrent users now, says Prabhu
  • Prabhu proposes 44 new rail projects
  • 400 railway stations to be renovated under PPP model
  • Railways will commission 2,800 km of new tracks in next year
  • Railways to shift to completely paperless contract system in 2016-17, says minister
  • 2000 km rail route to be electrified in 2016-17
  • Railways to receive Rs 40,000-cr budgetary support from govt
  • Outlay for railway electrification increased by 50 per cent; 2,000-km route to be electrified next fiscal
  • Rs 30,000 crore is the loss on subsidising passenger fares, says Railway Minister
  • Three dedicated freight corridors put on high priority
  • LIC has agreed to fund Rs 1.5 lakh crore this year
  • This year's investment will be double the average of last year, a feat never achieved before, says Suresh Prabhu
  • Budget reflects aspirations of common citizens, says Suresh Prabhu
  • Suresh Prabhu presents his second Railway Budget
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to present Rail Budget shortly
  • Railway-related stocks fall ahead of Suresh Prabhu's speech
  • Suresh Prabhu may announce plans for upgrade of toilets at rail premises and placing dustbins in every coach
  • Improvement in passenger amenities and better interiors would also figure in the budgetary proposals
  • Efforts are on to generate revenue for railways through non-tariff sources like advertising, commercialisation of surplus land
  • Trains may also get new colour schemes to make the Indian Railways look more rejuvenated and lively
  • Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Rail Bhawan
  • A scheme for high speed parcel train may also be unveiled
  • Bogies of Shatabdi Express are likely to be replaced by the ones used in semi-high speed trains
  • Passenger safety and increased revenues have been looked into in Railway Budget, says Suresh Prabhu
  • Have fulfilled every point mentioned in last year's Railway Budget, says Suresh Prabhu
  • All trains may see an extra general coach added to them in which passengers can travel with a general ticket, without any reservation
  • Around 400 stations may be announced as green stations
  • Special fares with higher fares likely to be announced
  • Four new dedicated freight corridors are likely to be added to the rail network
  • There is little room for increasing freight tariffs
  • Indian Railways should be made disabled-friendly, says NGO
  • Rail Budget will cater to the needs of all "satisfactorily" as a lot of effort has gone into its preparation, said Suresh Prabhu
  • Progress and expansion of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) rollout and expansion of high speed network is expected
  • Railways have earned Rs 136,079.26 cr as against the target of Rs 141,416.05 cr during Apr-Jan period, a decline of 3.77%
  • The Budget is expected to focus on massive capacity creation with an increased plan outlay of about Rs 1.25 lakh crore
  • Suresh Prabhu faces a stiff dilemma on whether to raise fares and freight rates as railway finances come under tremendous strain
  • Prabhu said the resources are "constantly dwindling" as freight and passenger fares are not being decided in optimum manner
  • Commuters and activists are hoping Prabhu pays attention to improve safety on the suburban network
  • On the Rail Budget eve, a group of transport activists on highlighted the issue of alarming rise in number of passenger deaths
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to present Rail Budget 2016 in few hours from now
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