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Major highlights of Railway Budget 2015

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 26 February 2015, 03:59 PM

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented the Railway Budget for fiscal 2015-16 in Parliament:

  • No hike in passenger fares
  • No new trains announced
  • Freight rate for cement, coal, others hiked by up to 10%
  • Investment of Rs 8.50 lakh cr envisaged in 5 five years
  • Buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets
  • e-catering to select meals from an array of choices
  • 24X7 helpline for passenger security problems
  • Surveillance cameras in suburban coaches for woman safety
  • More General class coaches to be added
  • SMS alert service for passengers to be expanded
  • On-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains
  • Hike daily passenger carrying capacity from 21mn to 30mn
  • 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme
  • Wi-Fi connectivity at B category stations
  • A new department to keep stations, trains clean
  • Operating ratio to improve to 88.5% in 2015-16
  • Speed in 9 railway corridors to be increased from 110 kmph and 130 kmph to 160 and 200 kmph 
  • Collision Avoidance System to be installed on select routes
  • Proposed 77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling works
First Published: Thursday, February 26, 2015 01:29 PM
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