• Following are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2014-15
  • No new increase in passenger fares and freight charges
  • Bullet train on Mumbai—Ahmedabad Sector
  • Diamond quadrilateral for high speed trains
  • Plan to hike speed of trains to 160—200 km/hr in 9 sectors
  • Online booking to support 7,200 tickets/minute; to allow 1.2 lakh users log in simultaneously
  • Reservation system to be revamped, ticket—booking through mobile phones, post offices to be popularised
  • Online platform, unreserved tickets
  • Combo parking-platform tickets at stations
  • Women RPF Constables to escort ladies coaches; 4,000 women constables to be inducted
  • Retiring room facility to be extended to all stations
  • Battery operated cars for differently abled and senior citizens at major stations
  • Feedback services through IVRS on quality of food
  • Food can be ordered through SMS, phone; Food courts at major stations
  • Cleanliness budget up by 40% over last year
  • CCTVs to be used at stations for monitoring cleanliness
  • Setting up of corpus fund for stations’ upkeep; RO drinking water at stations and trains
  • Automatic door closing in mainline and sub-urban coaches
  • 58 new trains and extension of 11; 864 additional EMUs to be introduced in Mumbai over 2 years
  • FDI in railway projects, except in operations.
  • FDI, domestic investments in rail infrastructure
  • Office-on-Wheels: Internet & Workstation facilities on select trains
  • Wi-Fi in A-1, A category stations and in select trains
  • Rail university for technical and non-technical subjects
  • Some stations to be developed to international standards through PPP model
  • Parcel traffic to be segregated to separate terminals to make passenger traffic unhindered
  • Loss per passenger per kilometre up from 10p (in 2000—01) to 23p (2012—13)
  • Solar energy to be tapped at major stations
  • Highest ever plan outlay of Rs 65,455 crore for 2014—15
  • Expenditure in 2014—15 pegged at Rs 149,176 crore
  • (This article was published on July 8, 2014)
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