Highlights of India’s rail budget 2014

rail-indiaIndia’s Minister of Railways Sadanand Gowda unveiled the maiden rail budget of the Narendra Modi government on the July 8, 2014. Here are some highlights:

  • Target  to become the largest freight carrier in the world
  • Focus on project completion rather than project  announcements
  • Future projects to be financed through PPP
  • Work on high speed network will be started
  • Railways to become  more passenger friendly
  • Foot over bridge, escalators and toilets to be built on all stations
  • Ready-to-eat meals to be introduced in phased manners
  • CCTVs to monitor cleanliness of stations
  • RO drinking water facilities to be installed at stations,
  • Online booking of railway waiting rooms
  • The recent fare and tariff hike to generate  additional revenue of about Rs 8000 crore:
  • 17,000 RPF constables to provide safety to passengers
  • 4,000 women constables to be recruited to ensure safety of women
  • Special trains for pilgrims circuits
  • Special train to promote life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda
  • Capacity for ticket bookings through e-booking to be enhanced
  • E-ticketing to improve  to 7200 tickets/minute; 1,20,000 user can log in simultaneously
  • Passenger centric  focus will be given for urban transport
  • Mumbai to get more EMUs
  • Around 58 trains announced

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