Highlights: Rail budget 2009-10

Highlights of railway budget for 2009-10

New Delhi: Following are the highlights of the rail budget for the current fiscal presented by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Lok Sabha Friday:

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  • No increase in passenger, freight fares

  • Rs.1,102 crore allocated towards improving passenger amenities

  • Kolkata metro to be extended

  • Rs.50 billion increase in budgetary support in 2009-10

  • Freight target for 2009-10 set at 882 million tonnes

  • Target set in interim budget unrealistic

  • Freight cargo increased 5 percent in 2008-09

  • One doctor to be posted on each long distance train

  • Rs.25 monthly pass for unorganised sector employees with income below Rs.1,500 for travel up to 100 km

  • New "Yuva" fully air-conditioned train for youth

  • Yuva fares Rs.299 up to a distance of 1,500 km and Rs.399 up to 2,500 km

  • Student concession to be extended to madarssa students

  • Student concession of 60 percent on Kolkata Metro

  • Introduction of trains for women during peak seasons

  • 12 non-stop trains

  • New train information system to be started in Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi

  • 50 mobile rail ticket vans to be introduced

  • ATMs on 200 mid and small-sized stations

  • Integrated security scheme for 140 vulnerable stations

  • Setting up of a 1,000 MW power plant

  • Special recruitment drive for the physically challenged, minorities

  • Committee under Sam Pitroda to commercialise railways’ optic fibre network

  • Private operation of freight terminals to be encouraged

  • New factory in West Bengal for making 500 state-of-the-art coaches annually

  • "Janta khana" (peoples’ food) to be provided at railway stations

  • Railways will not be guided by economic viability, but by social commitment

  • Seven nursing colleges to provide employment to railway spouses

  • Medical colleges proposed to be opened through public-private partnership model

  • Cold storages and cargo facilities to eliminate wastage of perishables

  • 50 world class stations to be developed on public-private partnership model

  • 309 out of 375 stations will be developed with modern facilities

  • 50 stations at tourist, religious places to have integrated facilities

  • Infotainment facilities on Rajdhani Express for long distance passengers

  • Unreserved ticketing systems to be expanded from 5,000 to 8,000 terminals

  • Passengers can buy unreserved tickets at 5,000 post offices

  • Air-conditioned double-decker trains for inter-city travel

  • SMS updates for wait-listed passengers

  • 200 automatic vending machines at key stations for selling tickets

  • Discount for press correspondents increased from 30 to 50 percent

  • Discount of 60 percent on fare if press correspondents travel with spouse

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

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