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Indian Railway budget 2014-15

  Indian rail budget 2014-15

Union minister Sadananda Gowda presented his first Rail Budget for 2014-15 in the Lok Sabha on July 8, 2014.

                 Railway minister Sadanand  Gowda

  Highlights of Indian rail budget 2014-15

* No increase in passenger fares and freight charges

* Indian railways to become the largest freight carrier in the world.

* Social obligation of Railways in 2013-14 was Rs 20,000 crore.

* Gross traffic receipts in 2013-14 was Rs 12,35,558 crore; operating ratio was 94 per cent.

* Focus in past has been on sanctioning projects rather than completing them, Railway minister says.

* Indian Railways spent Rs 41,000 crore on laying of 3,700 km of new lines in last 10 years.

* Fare revision will bring in Rs.8,000 crore; need another Rs.9,000 crore for golden quadrilateral project. 

* Railways also proposes to set up Food Courts at major stations. 



* Need to explore alternative sources of resource mobilisation and not depend on fare hike alone, Railway minister says.

* Spend 94 paisa of every rupee earned, leaving a surplus of only 6 paisa.

* With 12,500 trains, railways move 23 million passengers every day; equivalent to moving Australia's population.

* Separate housekeeping wing at 50 major stations. 

* CCTV to monitor cleanliness activities.

* Mechanized laundry will be introduced.

*  Dedicated freight corridor on Eastern and Western corridors.

* 5400 unmanned level crossing removed.

* Tourist trains to be introduced to link all major places of tourist interests across the country.

* 4,000 women constables to be recruited to ensure safety of women. 17,000 RPF constables to provide safety to passengers.

* Setting up of Railway University for technical and non-technical study.

* Ultrasonic system to detect problem in track.

* Proposal to start Bullet trains on MumbaióAhmedabad route. Speed of important trains will be also raised.

* Diamond Quadrilateral project of high speed trains to connect all major metros.

* E-ticketing system to be improved. Future e-ticketing to support 7200 tickets per minute & to allow 120,000 simultaneous users

* ​Wifi in A1 and A category stations and in select trains. Internet-based platform and unreserved tickets.

* GIS mapping and digitization of Railway Land. Extension of logistics support to various e-Commerce Companies.

* ​Bulk of future projects will be financed through PPP mode.

* Facilitate transport of milk through rail. Special milk transportation trains in association with Amul and National Dairy Association Board.

* One ticket to reach from Delhi to Srinagar. Uddhampur to Banihal by bus and Banihal to Srinagar by train.

* Mumbai local to get 860 new, state-of-the art coaches. 64 new EMUs to be introduced.

* Train connectivity to Char Dham.

* ​Paperless office of Indian railways in 5 years. Digital reservation charts at stations.

* ​ Ready-to-eat meals to be introduced in phased manners.

* 27 Express trains to be introduced. 5 Jansadharan , 5 Premium AC trains to be introduced

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