“Inclusive growth” and expansion of rail network to reach development to every
corner of the country is core to developmental approach.
  • Economically unviable projects need to be viewed with social perspective being
    economic necessity for backward areas and under privileged.
  • Expert committee to advise on innovative financing and implementation of such

  • Service to the Passengers

    Priority will be given to effect perceptible improvement in
    1. Passenger Amenities
    2. Cleanliness
    3. Quality of Railway catering
    4. Safety and Security and
    5. Punctuality
    With focus on strict monitoring
    • Extensive availability of Janata Khana, national and regional cuisines.
    • 50 stations to be developed as world class stations.
    • 375 stations to be upgraded as ‘Adarsh Stations’ with basic facilities including drinking
      water, adequate toilets, ladies dormitories etc.
    • Multi-functional complexes to be constructed at 50 railway stations serving centres of
      pilgrimage, tourist and industry. To have shopping facilities, food stalls, budget hotels
    • ‘Onboard house keeping scheme’ to cover 200 additional pairs of trains; ‘improved
      linen management’ with modern mechanized automated laundries.
    • Expanding facilities like ramps, special signage, lifts, escalators, special coaches for
      physically challenged and aged persons.
    • Onboard availability of doctors in long-distance trains being considered; ambulance
      services to be provided in seven cities to start with.
    • On-board infotainment services to be provided on important long-distance intercity
    • Toilet facilities to be introduced in DEMU/MEMU trains with journey time more than
      2 hours.
    • 1000 new PRS locations to be opened; UTS services to be expanded from 5000 to 8000
    • Automated ticket vending machines to be installed at 200 large and medium sized
    • Taking ticketing to ‘Maa Mati Manush’ – grassroot, through issue of computerized
      tickets at Post offices and ‘Mushkil Aasaan’ mobile ticketing service vans.
    • Air-conditioned double decker coaches for inter-city travel to be introduced.
    Safety and Security
    • Timely track renewal, modernization of signals, use of digital ultrasonic flaw detectors
    • Integrated Security Scheme to be introduced at 140 vulnerable and sensitive railway
    • Women RPF squads for security of women passengers

    Staff Welfare

    6,560 staff quarters to be constructed in 2009-10.
  • Indoor stadia to be developed in major railway divisions and zones.
  • Increased contribution of Rs 350 per employee to Staff Benefit Fund to continue for
    a year, with Rs 100 per employee for women empowerment, vocational training of
    physically and mentally challenged wards especially girl child, and higher education for
  • Scholarships for higher education of girl child of group D staff.
  • Proposal to open 7 nursing colleges on railway land at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai
    (Kalyan), Chennai, Secunderabad, Lucknow and Jabalpur on PPP model to facilitate the
    wards of railway employees in finding vocational avenues.
  • Burn Units at major Railway hospitals.
  • Metro Railway Hospital to be upgraded to 75 beds.
  • Medical colleges planned to be attached to existing railway hospitals at 18 locations
    through PPP mode.
  • Dormitories for railway families accompanying patients to be provided at 16 hospitals
    having 150 beds and above.
  • Policy on Railway Recruitment Boards to be reviewed.
  • special recruitment drive for filling vacancies of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
    and Physically Handicapped quota.

  • Freight and Parcel Business

    Premium service for container movement with assured transit time being considered.
  • Private ownership of special purpose rolling stock for commodities and private
    operation of freight terminals will be encouraged.
  • Mega logistic hubs being planned alongside Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight
  • Kisan-Vision project – Running special trains from production clusters to consumer
    centers for perishable products like fruits and vegetables to reduce wastage and also for
    village handicraft, cottage industry & textile products to increase outreach and access to
    new markets for rural produce. Temperature controlled cargo centres to be encouraged.
  • Premium Parcel Services named Faster Parcel Services on pilot basis on three routes to
    run with guaranteed transit time from dedicated terminals.

  • Landmark initiatives

    Dedicated Freight corridors declared ‘Diamond Rail Corridors’.
  • Foundation being laid for development of Eastern Industrial Corridor alongside the
    Eastern Freight Corridor.

    1. Railways’ land banks to be productively utilized to catalyze development in this
    2. Investment in rolling stock production and assembly facilities proposed for
      development of rail based industrial cluster drawing upon advantage of proximity
      to mines, labour force and metal works market.
    • Setting up of a new factory at Kanchrapara-Halisahar Railway Complex with annual
      capacity of 500 EMU/MEMU and Metro coaches in Joint Venture/Public-Private
      Partnership mode.
    • Proposal to initiate action for setting up 1000 MW power plant with Ministry of Power,
      at Adra, in under developed tribal area.
    • State of the art training facilities proposed at Dankuni for young artisans and
      supervisors, thereby contributing to national talent pool.
    Financial Performance in 2008-09

    Freight loading at 833 million tonnes (MT) grew @ 5% on previous year.
  • Traffic receipts also increased by 11.4% to reach Rs 79,862 cr.
  • Cash surplus before dividend Rs 17,400 cr after disbursing Rs 13,600 cr towards
    implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission.
  • Railways paid full dividend liability of Rs 4,717 cr to Government.
  • Investible surplus of Rs 12,681 cr generated.
  • Annual Plan expenditure was Rs 36,336 cr.

  • Budget Estimates 2009-10
    • Freight loading targeted at 882 MT – an increment of 49 MT; number of passengers
      likely to grow by around 6%.
    • Gross Traffic Receipts (GTR) estimated at Rs 88,419 cr i.e. Rs 8,557 cr more than 2008-
    • Ordinary Working Expenses budgeted at Rs 62,900 cr to cover the full year impact of VI
      CPC and the payment of 60% arrears due in 2009-10.
    • The dividend payable to General Revenues kept at Rs 5,479 cr.
    • Budgeted Operating Ratio 92.5%.

    ‘Izzat’- A new scheme for travel with dignity. Issue of concessional MST of Rs 25 for
    people, with monthly income upto Rs 1,500, in unorganized sector, for travel upto 100
  • Press correspondents to get ‘photo identification cum credit cards’ on certification of
    PIB and other competent authorities instead of existing system of coupons.

    1. concession of 30% to increase to 50% for Press Correspondents
    2. 50% concession for travel with spouse also to be given once a year.
    • The existing student concession to be extended to students of Madrasas, higher
      Madrasas and senior Madrasas.
    • Concessional MST available to students in Kolkata will be applicable for travel in Metro
      Rail Kolkata also.
    Special Trains

    • ‘Only ladies’ EMU trains to start in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata sub-urban during
      office rush hour.
    • ‘Yuva Trains’ - New low-cost, air-conditioned, seated accommodation trains, dedicated
      specially for young generation and low-income groups.
    1. To run from rural hinterland to major metros/cities; fare to range from Rs 299
      upto 1500 km to Rs 399 upto 2500 km.
    2. Weekly service on pilot basis to be introduced within 3 months between Mumbai
      to Delhi and Delhi to Kolkata.
    • ‘Duronto trains’ - for the first time new Non-stop, point to point train services. Starting
      with 12 trains.

    Other New Train Services

    • 57 new train services to be introduced.
    • Extension of 27 trains also envisaged.
    • Frequency of 13 trains to be increased.
    Annual Plan 2009-10

    Plan outlay is Rs 40,745 cr. Increase of Rs 2,840 cr on Interim Budget.
    1. New lines outlay - Rs. 2,921 cr ; increase of 166% on interim budget
    2. Gauge conversion - Rs 1,750 cr. – increase of 24% on interim budget
    3. Passenger amenities - Rs 1,102 cr - 119% increase on interim budget excluding
      PPP provision, which is unlikely to materialize
    4. Staff Quarters - Rs 335 cr - increase of 49% on interim budget
    5. Staff Amenities - Rs 424 cr- increase of 79% on interim budget
    • Acquisition of 18,000 wagons in 2009-10 against 11,000 in 2008-09.
    • Additional budgetary support of Rs. 1,949 cr. sought for 11 national projects.
    • Feasibility study for energy efficient rail based system to provide connectivity to
      suburban system in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.
    • Proposals for better integration of passengers’ movement in Kolkata suburban area.
    • Quazigund-Anantnag New Line to be completed by August, ’09.
    • Creation of Northeast Rail Development Fund under consideration for timely
      completion of national projects in N.E. Region.
    • New proposals for better rail connectivity proposed to be processed which include 53 for
      new lines, 3 for gauge conversion works and 12 for doubling.
      Other important announcements
    • Setting up of an expert committee headed by Shri Sam Pitroda to suggest innovations
      to utilize optic fibre cable network of Railways and take information technology to door
      steps in remote areas.
    • Project Monitoring Committee for developing mechanism to avoid slippage in project
      delivery. Special monitoring for National Projects.
    • Railways to come out with white paper on organizational, operational and financial
      status based on last five years performance and develop Vision-2020 with long and short
      term strategy and plan of action.
    • Modernization of select railway printing presses. Offer for takeover of heritage
      institution Basumati Sahitya Mandir, for revival.
    • Takeover of Units of Burn Standard and also Braithwaite under consideration.
    • Revision in Tatkal Scheme to make it more user friendly. Advance booking period
      reduced. Minimum charge reduced to Rs. 100.
    • No increase in passenger fares and freight tariffs.

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