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Railway Budget 2014-2015 with new trains

       Railway Minister Sadananad

New Delhi ,July 9, 2014 (IANS) : In the railway budget presented to parliament Tuesday, Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda unveiled many new measures to make Indian Railways, which runs about 20,000 trains and ferries 23 million passengers daily, a modern, efficient and commercially viable utility.

He presented proposals, subject to parliamentary approval, for introduction of 58 new trains, paperless office in five years, digital reservation charts, wi-fi in select stations and trains, wake-up call for passengers, separate freight terminals, office-on-wheels for business travellers, more money for cleanliness and safety, food courts at stations, expansion of rail tourism and better connectivity in hilly areas and northeastern states.

He also promised a diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed rail connectivity between the four metros. He said some identified stations will be developed like modern airports.

Having already hiked passenger fares by 14.2 percent and the freight carriage charges by 6.5 percent, which is expected to fetch additional resources of Rs.8,000 crore, Gowda focused on ways to earn revenues from other sources, such as allowing foreign equity in areas excluding operations, as also public-private partnerships. He said Rs.500,000 crore ($83 billion) will be required over the next 10 years to fund the modernisation plans of the network, as against the actual spend of Rs.18,400 crore in the past 10 years, but noted that freight and passenger fare hikes alone could not fetch such large requirements.



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Rajdhani Express crash kills 4

NEW DELHI , June 26, 2014:  The Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed in Bihar's Saran district in the early morning hours of Wednesday. The mishap took place near Chhapra between 2am and 3am on a day Maoists called a bandh in Saran and Tirhut police ranges of northern Bihar beginning zero hour, triggering speculations about the involvement of the extremists, who have carried out attacks on trains in the past in certain belts of Bihar and West Bengal.

Twelve coaches were derailed in the incident, a railway spokesperson said. At least four people were killed and more than a dozen were injured some seriously reported.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan expressed condolences and said the sabotage angle should be investigated. Home minister Rajnath Singh, however, said it was too early to blame the incident on Maoists. Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi too ruled out the possibility of Maoists' involvement. "There is no evidence to suggest that a blast by the Maoists caused the derailment. Had this been true, there would have been remnants of explosive on the track. But, there is none," Manjhi told reporters in Patna. 

Railway minister Sadanand Gowda announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each for the families of the deceased, Rs. 1 lakh each for the grievously injured passengers and 20,000 each for those with minor injuries. 

"All the injured were admitted to the hospital for treatment and some of them referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Patna," saran superintendent of police Sudhir Kumar said. "It is an accident and a result of technical fault," he added.

The railway minister hinted at the possibility of mischief but remained non-commital as to whether there was substance to such a possibility. "Only after visiting the accident site and consulting my officers will I be able to said something definitive about the cause of the mishap", he told reporters in Patna, before leaving for Chhapra.

 

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