Highlights of Railway Budget 2013-14

67 new Express trains to be introduced

  • 26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced.
  • Run of 57 trains to be extended.
  • Frequency of 24 trains to be increased.
  • First AC EMU rake to be introduced  on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14.
  • 72 additional services to be introduced in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata.
  • Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai.
  • 500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14.
  • First ever rail link to connect Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Some Railway related activities to come under MGNREGA.
  • For the first time 347 ongoing projects identified as priority projects with the committed funding.
  • Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 63,363 crore.
  • Loan of Rs. 3000 crore repaid fully.
  • A new fund-Debt Service Fund set up to meet committed liabilities.
  • Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13.
  • Passenger growth 5.2% in 2013-14.
  • Gross Traffic Receipts – Rs. 1,43,742 crore i.e. an increase of 18,062 crore over RE, 2012-13.
  • Dividend payment estimated at Rs. 6,249 crore.
  • Operating Ratio to be 87.8% in 2013-14.
  • Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased.
  • Fuel Adjustment Component linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013.
  • Enhanced reservation fee abolished.
  • Elimination of 10797 Level Crossings (LC) during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs henceforth.
  • Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains.
  • ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services.
  • Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.
  • E-ticketing through mobile phones.
  • Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.
  • Next –Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out : capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now,  1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now.
  • Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations: Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru.
  • Introduction of ‘Azadi Express’ to connect places associated with freedom movement.
  • Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rain passengers, especially women passengers.
  • 10% RPF vacancies being reserved for women.
  • 1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged.
  • Railways to impart skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations.
  • Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains.
  • Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback.
  • Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains.
  • Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains.
  • Upgrading 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected.
  • Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services.
  • 179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently-abled
  • Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly.
  • Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321)
  • Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC.
  • Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Travel by Duronoto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportspersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and policy medal for Gallantry.
  • Policy Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2ndAC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years instead of every year.
  • Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
  • Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies.
  • Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad–Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management.
  • Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on Railway related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels.
  • Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs. 300 crore.
  • Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters.
  • Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots.

 

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