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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        Last Updated: February 25, 2016  | 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
  • 250px; width:300px;margin:0 auto;'>googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1559567251990-0'); });Highlight55:We hope to generate revenue to the order of Rs 1,84,820 crore, says Prabhu
  • 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
  • Suresh Prabhu gives final touches to Budget document
  • 250px; width:300px;margin:0 auto;'>googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1559567251990-1'); });Highlight10: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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