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Highlights of Railway Budget 2015-16

Highlights of Railway Budget 2015-16

  • No increase in passenger fares
  • SMS alert to be introduced for train timings
  • E-catering introduced in 108 trains, can order on IRCTC website
  • To expand water vending machines on more stations
  • On-board entertainment facility could be extended on Shatabdi trains
  • Mobile charging stations will be introduced general class coaches
  • More general class coaches will be added to select trains for benefit of the common man
  • Railways plans to spend over Rs 8 lakh crore over five years
  • Pension funds, multi-lateral banks have evinced interest in Railways
  • Proposed the best operating ratio in nine years, of 88.5 per cent for 2015-16
  • Railways to go through transformation in five years; to increase track capacity by 10 per cent to 1.38 lakh km
  • To improve cleanliness & design of bed linen
  • All India 24×7 grievances helpline 138 to start soon
  • 7,000 more toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets, New toilets at 650 stations, more  vaccum toilets
  • Passenger travelling unreserved  can procure a ticket within 5 minutes
  • Railways will play a big role in socio-economic development of the country
  • Railways carry a big burden of expectations
  • Investments in railways will have multiplier effect
  • Railways facilities have not improved significantly over last few years
  • The cycle of under-investment should end
  • Railways has to regain in share in freight traffic
  • Railways aims to deliver a sustainable improvement in customer experience and make rail a safer means of travel
  • Objective is to make Railways self-sustainable

Source : NDTV

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