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Highlights of the Railway Budget 2016 – 2017

Railway Budget 2016 Highlights.

Minister of Railways, inaugurates various Railway related services

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu began presenting his ministry’s budget for the next fiscal year in the Lok Sabha.

Following are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2016-17:

Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be spent in 5 years for modernisation of rail infrastructure.

To invest Rs 1.21 lakh crore in 2016-17.

Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres.

400 stations to have wifi, 100 in next fiscal.

E-ticketing capacity raised to 7,200/min, from 2,000/min. CCTV surveillance for all major stations.

Cleaning of coach on demand soon. E-booking tickets on concessional passes for journalists.

Bar-coded tickets, scanners on pilot basis.

E-ticketing facility on foreign debit/credit cards.

Sale of tickets through hand held terminals soon.

Beautification stations at pilgrimage centres, including Ajmer, Puri, Varanasi, Nagapattinam.

FM Radio stations to provide train borne entertainment.

Rail Mitra Seva for old and disabled passengers. Optional travel insurance for rail passengers.

Janani Sewa for providing food for children.

Smart coaches with automatic doors, bio vacuum toilets, improved aesthetics.

Mobile app to deal with ticketing issues, complaints.

Information boards in trains, GPS based digital display inside coaches.

SPV with Japan for Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train. Rs 30,000 crore spent on passenger fares.

Children’s menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers.

Railways intend to start Rail Bandhu magazines. Railways to increase lower berth quota for senior citizens by 50%.

Railways introduce– Humsafar, Tejas and Uday Express.

For unreserved passengers, Railways to introduce– Antyodaya, for long-distance travel.

Deen Dayalu unreserved coaches with water, mobile charging points World’s first bio-toilet at Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express.

Dedicated frieght corridor for North-South, East-West and East Coast. Railways to shift to completely paperless contract system in 2016-17.

2,000 km rail route to be electrified in 2016-17.

Outlay for railway electrification increased by 50 per cent; 2,000-km route to be electrified next fiscal.

Railways to generate 9 crore mandays in financial year 2017-18 and 14 crore mandays in 2018-19.

Railways to get Rs 40,000 cr budgetary support from the government.

Indian Railways will generate employment of Rs 9 core man days in 2017-18 and 14 crore man days in 2018-19.

17,000 bio-toilets at 475 railway stations by the end of financial year.

Coolies will be called ‘Sahayaks‘.

All new Railway stations to be built as per Accessible India guidelines.

Journalists to get facility of e-booking of tickets on concessional passes.

All India 24×7 helpline for women.

Making all-out efforts to translate dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi into reality.

Aiming to achieve operation ratio of 92%. Saving of Rs.8,720 crore from last year’s estimates.

Envisaging capital expenditure of Rs.1.21 lakh crore.