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Reet Cheema Jul 08 2014

What are the highlights of the railway budget of 2014-15?

Reema Bhalla Jul 08 2014
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The railway budget of 2014-15 was presented in Parliament by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda today. This was the maiden budget of the Narendra Modi-led government. Here are the main highlights of the railway budget that affect travellers:

58 New Trains to be Introduced

The government plans to introduce 27 express trains, 5 Jansadharan trains, 5 premium trains 6 air conditioned trains, 8 passenger trains, and 5 DEMU and 2 MEMU services, which run in semi-urban and rural areas over short distances. In addition, 11 train routes will be extended and 18 new lines added.

Bullet Trains to be a Priority

The government plans to launch a bullet train service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Many feasibility tests have been done for this route. Other proposed routes for bullet trains and high speed trains announced by the minister include Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa and Hyderabad-Secunderabad.

Target is to Become the Largest Freight Carrier in the World

The Indian Railways operates 4,700 freight trains that carry a combined load of 3 million tonnes of freight everyday! The government hopes to put India on track to become the largest freight carrier in the world. The government plans to have dedicated freight corridors in eastern and western India.

Easier Access to Bangalore from North Kerala

The railway budget of 2014-2015 plans to give fillip to plans for easier access of north Kerala to Bangalore through the proposed Kanhangad-Kaniyoor line.

Availability of Wi-Fi

The government has proposed that Wi-Fi access would be available in A1 and A category stations and in select trains as well.

High Speed Trains

The government is expected to spend upto Rs 100 crore to provide high speed trains between metros. Train speeds between several cities is proposed to be increased to 160-200 kmph.


CCTVs are to be used at stations for monitoring cleanliness at railway stations; third-party inspections will be introduced. Onboard housekeeping staff and introduction of RO drinking waters on trains have also been proposed.

Safety for Women Travellers

Women RPF constables are to oversee women-only coaches to make travel for women safer. The government proposes to recruit 4,000 women constables to ensure the safety of women travellers.

Increase in Fares

The new government had already increased the railway passenger fares by 14.2% and freight carriage charges by 6.5%. The minister highlighted the need for periodic revision of passenger fares.

Automated Ticket Vending Machines

The railway budget of 2014-2015 proposes to initiate railway ticketing through post offices to support 7,200 tickets per minute.

Discounts on return tickets

The budget also announced discounts if a return ticket is book, just like the airlines!

Tourist Trains

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

Better Amenities for Passengers

The railway budget focuses on providing better amenities for passengers. This includes improving access for the handicapped, workstation on select trains on payable basis for corporates; expansion of online booking capacities; hygiene and quality of food by providing ready-to-cook brands; provision for food courts at major stations.

These are some of the highlights of the railway budget of 2014-2015.

And people stop shitting in station its nasty seeing a big pile of shit
Wasn't it mentioned to develop 10 big stations with facilities like airports..were those 10 stations named? Would we see shopping areas etc along with food courts in railway stations soon?
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