Here we bring some highlights of the Railway Budget 2016-17:

  •    No hike in passenger fares, freight rates
  •    Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be spent in 5 years for modernisation of rail infrastructure
  •    To invest Rs 1.21 lakh crore in 2016-17.
  •    3 new super-fast trains - Humsafar Express, Tejas, Uday
  •    Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres
  •    Super-fast unreserved train Antyodaya Express
  •    Deen Dayalu unreserved coaches with water, mobile charging points
  •    50% more lower berth quota for senior citizens
  •    By 2020 reserved accommodation on trains on demand
  •    400 stations to have wifi, 100 in next fiscal
  •    Eticketing capacity raised to 7,200/min, from 2,000/min
  •   CCTV surveillance for all major stations
  •    30,000 bio-toilets in trains by next year
  •    Cleaning of coach on demand soon
  •    E-booking tickets on concessional passes for journalists
  •    Bar-coded tickets, scanners on pilot basis
  •    E-ticketing facility on foreign debit/credit cards
  •    Sale of tickets through hand held terminals soon
  •    Beautification stations at pilgrimage centres, including
  •    Ajmer, Puri, Varanasi, Nagapattinam
  •    FM Radio stations to provide train borne entertainment
  •   Rail Mitra Seva for old and disabled passengers
  •    Optional travel insurance for rail passengers
  •    Janani Sewa for providing food for children
  •    Smart coaches with automatic doors, bio vacuum toilets, improved aesthetics
  •    Mobile app to deal with ticketing issues, complaints
  •    Information boards in trains, GPS based digital display inside coaches
  •    SPV with Japan for Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train
  •    Rs 30,000 crore spent on passenger fares.

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