Budget presented amidst Railways' huge need for funds

Budget presented amidst Railways' huge need for funds

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM
Highlights of Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda's budget speech:

  • Ten major stations to be developed to international standards on the lines of newly developed airports through PPP mode: Gowda
  • Govt proposes rail connectivity to 'chaar dham' in Uttarakhand: Gowda.
  • Introduction of 5 jansadharan, 5 premium, 6 AC, 27 express, 8 passenger trains, 2 MEMU and 5 DEMU services.
  • Office-on-Wheels: Internet & Workstation facilities on select trains - Gowda
  • On Staff Welfare: Hospital Management Information System to integrate all railway health units and hospital - Gowda
  • Solar energy to be harnessed through PPP by utilizing rooftop spaces of stations, railway buildings: Gowda
  • Railways to introduce a pilot project for automatic rebate in returning freight trains: Gowda
  • GIS Mapping and Digitization of Railway Land. Extension of logistics support to various e-Commerce Companies
  • Future E-Ticketing to support 7200 tickets per minute & to allow 120,000 simultaneous users: Gowda
  • Wifi in A1 and A category stations & in select trains. Internet-based Platform & Unreserved Tickets: Gowda
  • Increase in speed of trains to 160 to 200 kilometres per hour in select nine sectors
  • Allocation of 100 crore rupees for Diamond Quadrilateral network of high speed rail connecting major metros: Gowda
  • I propose bullet trains, identified sector is Mumbai-Ahmedabad: Gowda
  • On Safety: Provision of Rs.1785 cr for Road-over/under bridges, multi-pronged approach to eliminate Unmanned Level Crossings: Gowda
  • Lady coaches to be escorted by RPF women constables; additional care will be taken of ladies travelling alone: Gowda
  • Launching feedback service through IVRS on the quality of food. Food can be ordered by SMS & phone: Gowda
  • On cleanliness: Increasing mechanized laundries for quality bedrolls in AC coaches, introduction of RO drinking water: Gowda
  • Bio-toilets in trains to be increased to mitigate direct discharge of human waste on tracks and platform: Gowda
  • On cleanliness: 40% higher allocation, outsourcing at 50 major stations, onboard housekeeping to be extended to more trains: Gowda
  • Cleanliness is Godliness. Very high emphasis is given to improve cleanliness at stations & trains: Gowda
  • Coin-operated automatic ticket vending machines will be experimented.
  • Provide battery operated cars for differently abled & senior citizens at railway stations for them to reach platforms: Gowda
  • We propose better amenities and passenger services. Foot-over bridges, escalators and lifts through PPP: Gowda
  • Resource mobilisation through leveraging PSU resources, Foreign Direct Investment and Public Private Participation.
  • Surplus revenues declining. Hardly any resources for development works. Rs.5 Lakh Cr required for ongoing projects alone: Gowda
  • The Tariff Policy adopted lacked rational approach. Loss per passenger/km increased from 10 paisa/km (2000-01) to 23 paisa/km (2012-13)
  • Railways to explore alternate sources of funding like Rail PSUs, PPP & Private investment including FDI: Gowda
  • Rs 5 lakh cr needed for next 10 years for modernization of Railways: Gowda
  • Railways facing severe funds crunch, corrective measures will be taken: Gowda
  • Indian Railways spent Rs 41,000 crore on laying of 3,700 km of new lines in last 10 years: Gowda
  • 94 paisa of every rupee earned is spent by Railways
  • Gross traffic receipts in 2013-14 was Rs 12,35,558 crore; operating ratio was 94 per cent, says Gowda presenting Rail Budget.
  • Social obligation of Railways in 2013-14 was Rs 20,000 crore: Gowda
  • Indian railways carry only 31% of the total freight in the country. This is a challenge we have to face: Gowda
  • We target to become the largest freight carrier in the world: Sadananda Gowda
  • I believe in the saying, 'Honesty is the first chapter in book of wisdom. I do follow this.': Gowda
  • Gives me immense pleasure to present Railway Budget: Gowda
  • Sadananda Gowda begins Budget speech
  • Rail minister Sadanand Gowda reaches parliament
  • Railways minister Sadananda Gowda and MoS Manoj Sinha leave for parliament to present the Rail Budget

  • Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda reaches his office, to present Rail Budget
  • We expect safety for women & cleanliness. Women appealed to me and I asked from him: Datty Sadananda (Rail minister's wife)
  • "Going to present my maiden budget as a rail minister of India today. Hope we are able to meet public expectations," Gowda, former chief minister of Karnataka who represents the Udupi Chikmagalur constituency in Lok Sabha, tweeted.

  • Speaking to DD News ahead of the budget, railway minister Sadanand Gowda indicates a special focus on bullet trains.
  • We welcome idea of bullet trains,but more important is to connect more districts to metro cities: Tariq Anwar, NCP
  • I am not against idea of bullet trains,but it should not be at the cost of basic railway requirements: Jay Panda, BJD
  • Yes we faced problems during our time in railway ministry,we paid more attention to populism: Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary,former MoS Railways

Also Read: No hike in fares, Railways to attract FDI l Railway reservations to be overhauled through e-ticketing l First bullet train on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route l Cleanliness, hygienic food top priority: Gowda l Railway minister lists four new ways to mobilise resources l Rail budget focusses on transparency: Modi l   Complete List: 58 new trains to be introduced, 11 existing trains to be extended

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