Railway Budget 2016
Union Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, presentedRailway Budget 2016 today. There is no increase in the passenger fares in the new budget. Main focus of the budget is on R&D and cleanliness. Government hopes to generate a revenue of Rs 1,84,820 crore, as quoted by Suresh Prabhu. Below are some of the main highlights of the budget for Railway Budget 2016:
- No hike in Passenger Fare.
- Lower berth quota for senior citizens to be increased by 50 per cent.
- CCTV cameras to be installed at 300 major stations.
- More Toilets in 475 stations.
- WIFI in 100 stations this year and 400 stations next year.
- Passengers without Reservations Can Book Tickets In 5 Mins.
- Will Issue Unreserved Tickets On Smartphones Via Apps.
- Passengers to Be Able To Book Food Options from IRCTC Website.
- Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be invested in Railways over 5 years.
- 17,000 more toilets to be replaced by bio-toilets.
- Double Decker train coaches in business routes.
- Intend to raise low level platforms at Mumbai stations.
- Vending machines in coaches.
- On demand reservation on trains.
- Rail auto hub to be introduced in Chennai.
- Bar-coded tickets to be introduced at select stations on pilot basis.
- Porters to be called ‘sahayaks’.
- Railways to introduce “Clean My Coach” service through SMS.
- Children menu to be introduced on pilot basis on trains.
- 33 pc reservations to women in reserved quota in Railways will be introduced.
- Disabled enabled toilet in 11 Class-A stations this year
- Local cuisine of choice to be made available
- Railways would utilize the Nirbhaya fund for augmenting safer travel for women
- Railways to increase lower berth quota for senior citizens by 50 per cent.
Hope to travel in modern and clean trains in coming year. Indian Railway Ministry’s more focus on cleanliness,R&D and environment is surely a welcoming step.