Key Highlights of Railway Budget 2016-17

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • February 25, 2016, 12:33 PM

Railway Minister presented the Railway Budget 2016. "This is a budget which reflects the aspirations of each and every member of the Railway's family", said Prabhu, who presented his second budget in the Parliament.

This Rail Budget will play a key role in the country's rejuvenation, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Here's a quick recap of all major announcements made by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

  • No hike in passenger fares.
  • Action has been initiated on 139 budget announcements made last year.
  • Eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020.
  • Swacch Bharat: 17000 biotoilets and additional toilets in 475 stations before the close of this financial year.
  • Increased quota for senior citizens for lower berths and women travellers.
  • 24X7 helpline for women
  • Wifi at 100 stations this year and 400 stations next year.
  • Enhanced capacity of e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets/min to 7,200/min.
  • All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner.
  • IRCTC to manage catering service in phased manner. Local cuisine of choice will be made available to passengers.
  • Cleaning of toilets by requests through SMS.
  • Children's menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers.
  • GPS-based digital display in coaches for showing upcoming stations.
  • Will open cancellation facility through 139 helpline number.
  • Bar-coded tickets on pilot basis to tackle menace of ticketless travel.
  • 1,780 automatic ticket vending machines to be added to railway stations.
  • 1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km proposed for the next year.
  • Porters not to be called 'coolies' but be called 'sahayaks' now.
  • Aastha Circuit Trains to connect important Pilgrim Centers.

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