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Highlights of Railway Budget 2015-16

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today presented NDA government's firs fully-fledged Rail Budget 2015-16. Keeping passenger fares unchanged, Prabhu promised to balance passenger needs and long-term interests of the organisation to benchmark it

PTI [ Updated: February 26, 2015 14:49 IST ]
highlights of railway budget 2015 16
highlights of railway budget 2015 16

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today presented NDA government's firs fully-fledged Rail Budget 2015-16. Keeping passenger fares unchanged, Prabhu promised to balance passenger needs and long-term interests of the organisation to benchmark it globally on quality, safety and reach.

Following are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16:

  • No hike in passenger fares
  • No new trains announced
  • Freight rate for cement, coal, others hiked by up to 10%
  • Investment of Rs 8.50 lakh cr envisaged in 5 five years
  • Buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets
  • e-catering to select meals from an array of choices
  • 24X7 helpline for passenger security problems
  • Surveillance cameras in suburban coaches for woman safety
  • More General class coaches to be added
  • SMS alert service for passengers to be expanded
  • On-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains
  • Hike daily passenger carrying capacity from 21mn to 30mn
  • 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme
  • Wi-Fi connectivity at B category stations
  • A new department to keep stations, trains clean
  • Operating ratio to improve to 88.5% in 2015-16
  • Speed in 9 railway corridors to be increased from 110 kmph and 130 kmph to 160 and 200 kmph
  • Collision Avoidance System to be installed on select routes
  • Proposed 77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling works.

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