Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Highlights of the Railway Budget 2011-12

Following are the highlights of the railway budget 2011-12 presented by railway minister Mamata Banerjee in Parliament
* No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.
* Highest ever plan outlay of Rs57,630 crore proposed for railways.
* Rs9,583 crore provided for new lines.
* 1300km new lines, 867km doubling of lines and 1017km gauge conversion targeted in 2011-12.
* 56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.
* AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.
* New Super AC Class to be introduced.
* A new portal for e-ticketing to be launched shortly.
* Booking charges will be cheaper with a charge of only Rs10 for AC classes and Rs5 for others.
* Pan-India multi-purpose smart card 'Go India' to be introduced.
* 236 more stations to be upgraded as Adarsh Stations.
* 47 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 50 new suburban services proposed for Kolkata.
* Two new passenger terminals in Kerala and one each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal proposed.
* Feasibility study to raise speed of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph to be undertaken.
* A special package of two new trains and two projects for the states managing trouble free run of trains through out the year.
* Anti Collision Devise (ACD) sanctioned to cover 8 zonal railways.
* GPS Based 'Fog Safe' device to be deployed.
* All unmanned level crossing up to 3000 to be eliminated.
* All India Security Help line on a single number set up.
* All state capitals in the Northeast except Sikkim to be connected by rail in next seven years.
* A bridge factory in Jammu and Kashmir and a state-of-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering is proposed at Jammu.
* A Diesel Locomotive Centre will be set-up in Manipur.
* A Centre of Excellence in Software at Darjeeling proposed under the aegis of CRIS.
* Rail Industrial Parks at Jellingham and New Bongaigaon proposed.
* Additional mechanised laundry units to be set up at Nagpur, Chandigarh and Bhopal.
* 700 MW gas-based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra.
* 18,000 Wagons to be procured during 2011-12.
* A scheme for socially desirable projects, 'Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojana' with non-lapsable fund proposed.
* 10,000 shelter units proposed for track side dwellers in Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Tiruchirapalli on pilot basis.
* Concession to physically handicapped persons to be extended on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
* Concession of 50 per cent to press correspondents with family increased to twice a year.
* Senior citizens concession to be hiked from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.
* Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees.
* Scholarship for girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to Rs 1200 per month.
* 20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up.
* Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group 'C' and 'D' including to fill up backlog of SC/STinitiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011.
* A separate sports cadre to be created.
* 2011-12 declared 'Year of Green Energy' for Railways.
* Freight loading of 993 MT and passenger growth of 6.4 per cent estimated for 2011-12.
* Gross traffic receipts at Rs1,06,239 crore, exceeding one lakh crore mark for the first time estimated.
* Ordinary working expenses assessed at Rs73,650 crore.

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