Live Updates of RAILWAY BUDGET 2015 -2016

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is presenting the Complete Railway Budget of 2015-2016. Following are the Live updates of the Railway Budget 2015 -2016.

Reincarnation of Railways can happen.
Vicious cycle of under investment in railways must end.
Rail transport must be made safe and reliable and must establish a benchmark
Railways will play major role In development o the country
One of primary objectives is to increasing financial health of India
In the next 5 years, our priority will be to significantly improve capacity in high-density networks.
We target improvement in service to customers
Rail Budget 2015 - 2016

Improvement of connectivity a imperative
Expand railways capacity substantially: 21 mn to 30 mn
Make railways self sufficiency
Tighter control over cost required, boost to railways revenue generating capacity
National Railway Helpline no : 138 
No price hike
Customer experience to receive a huge boost
Safer Travel
Modernize infrastructure
Indian Railways- Financially self-sustainable
Operating ratio proposed at 88.5%. Best ever in 9 years
Availability of Drinking Water in every stations
Waste to Energy  plant proposals
Mobile Applications to address complaint
Ordered food via Railway Website
E-catering for more stations.
Water Vending machine to be introduced
SMS alert for train departure and arrival 
More CCTV Cameras 
Better Coach Interiors 
More Escalators for stations
Bio - toilets and Vacuum toilets 
Cellphone charging facility in  sleeper and General coaches in trains
Wheel chair booking availability for Senior citizens while booking the tickets
24/7 helpline services - 182 for security related calls 
Improved punctuality 
Private freight terminals reviewing of WLS, SFTO, PFT schemes under process; automatic freight rebate system launched and to be expanded
State of the art perishable cargo center under completion for farmers at Azadpur Mandi
By 2019, the proposed investment in Railways would be in tune of Rs 8,56,021 crore
TRANSLOC – new PSU – end to end logistics solution
Meghalaya brought under map in Indian Railways
Connectivity with Jammu and rest of the country.
Railway electrification - 6,608 route km has been sanctioned. 1330% over the previous year
Debottlenecking – traffic facility works - 100% more funds allocated
Fast track highest priority works. Investment 84% higher; 77 new projects -Doubling, tripling/quadrupling/ electrification
Newly manufactured coaches brail-enabled for blind
120 days: time for booking tickets
Open bids to be invited for redevelopment of stations
Monitoring cell will be formed to check adherence of timeline
Satellite railway terminals in major cities - 10 select stations
We want our railway stations to be iconic structures reflecting the culture of that place
WiFi services will be made available at 400 railway stations
Station to be redeveloped through simpler processes - faster redevelopment. Monitoring cell constituted
67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities
Rs 120 crore provided for lifts and escalators to facilitate movements
Train sets, saving 20% journey time within next 2 years
Facility of self operated lockers at stations and mobile phone charging facilities in general class coaches
24 to 26 coaches in certain identified trains, more general class coaches, ladders to be replaced
NID has been asked to design user-friendly ladders for climbing upper berths to help senior citizens
Centrally managed Rail Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2k stations over next 2 years
SMS alert on mobile, customer portal promoting Digital India campaign
Train arrival and departure will be messaged, women and senior citizens can get middle berth with ease.
Veg kitchens to be introduced
Availability of clean water for passengers
SMS on mobile valid proof for travelling
Disposable bed rolls to be available on IRCTC for all passengers
Mobile app to be developed
Nirbhaya funds to be utilized for security of women
Operation 5 Minutes : to ensure that a passenger travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within 5 minutes.
Modern facilities for disabled citizens, senior citizens, patients through IRCTC
Facility of self lockers in stations
Will create multi lingual e- ticketing system in stations
Paper less ticketing
Advanced booking date increased to 12 days
Disposable Linen at all stations
Bar coded tracking of parcels 
One of primary objectives is to increasing financial health of India
In the next 5 years, our priority will be to significantly improve capacity in high-density networks.
We target improvement in service to customers
Improvement of connectivity a imperative
Expand railways capacity substantially: 21 mn to 30 mn
Make railways self sufficience
Tighter control over cost required, boost to railways revenue generating capacity
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announces Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai overnight journey trains
Unveil IT vision on live information on running trains
All India 24-7 helpline number will become operational
Customer friendly freight- tracking parcel et al
Mechanised track maintenance
Routine examination of tracks
PPP model - to improve
modern construction initiative - guideline has been issued.
Railways to engage private agencies in cleanliness drive. Waste-to-energy conversion plants to be set up.
Preventive to predictive maintenance
‘Kayakalp’ to help in Technology Upgradation
Malaviya Chair at IIT/BHU for Railway technology
Web based application for ROB
 Rs. 6,581 cr has been sanctioned for ROBS and other elevated safety
train protection warning system on selected routes
modern track to be installed for avoiding derailments
Safety is of paramount importance. Loss of human life is too heavy a price to pay
Corporate safety plans; ISRO to be involved; 3438 level Xings to be eliminated, Rly expense increased by 2600 %
Feasibility study for high speed rail between Mumbai and Ahmadabad is in advanced stage and is expected by mid-year.
Speedier Railway- 9 hi-speed corridors, high speed trains, Make in India opportunities

Uproar as Suresh Prabhu asks MPs to donate from MPLAD funds for improving passenger amenities

Goals 

4 Main Goals are

  • Customer experience to receive a huge boost
  • Safer Travel
  • Modernize infrastructure
  • Indian Railways- Financially self-sustainable

Indian Rail Budget 2015 - 2016 main updates. During this budget several changes announced by Indian Railways Minister like e catering, SMS alerts etc.

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