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Highlights of Railway Budget 2016

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented his second budget in Lok Sabha. Let us look at some highlights of his budget.

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Publish Date: Feb 25 2016 11:36AM | Updated Date: Feb 25 2016 3:22PM

Highlights of Railway Budget 2016

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented his second budget in Lok Sabha. Let us look at some highlights of his budget.

 

Highlights:

 

We expect the operating ratio of 92 percent for the year 2016-17, says Suresh Prabhu.

 

Collaboration, communication and co-operation are the hallmarks of Indian Railways's journey forward.he says.

 

A saving of Rs. 8,720 crore for budget estimates of last year will be affected this year: Suresh Prabhu.

 

Rs. 1.21 lakh crores capital plan in Rail Budget2016.

 

Railways must provide to citizens a system free from capacity constraint: Suresh Prabhu.

 

I am happy to announce that action has been initiated on 139 budget announcements made in 2015: Suresh Prabhu.

 

Rs. 8.5 lakh crore to be spent over 5 years for modernization of railway infrastructure.

 

Indian Railways to surpass target of commissioning 2500 kms of broad gauge lines.

 

Social media is also being used as a tool to bring transparency: Suresh Prabhu.

 

Common people have always been the focus of all our initiatives: Railway Minister.

 

Indian Railways will introduce WiFi services at 100 stations this year, 400 more stations in next two years.

 

All stations will be brought under CCTV surveillance.

 

Railways to introduce double decker trains to be named as Uday Express.

 

Trains to started from Delhi to Srinagar.

 

Punctuality of passenger trains has been a reason of concern, the government has initiated audit and improvement.

 

Railway Minister introduces Hamsafar Express.

 

Braille-enabled train wagons for differently-abled people.

 

50 percent increase in lower berth quota for senior citizens.

 

17,000 biotoilets addded in 475 stations before closure of this financial year.

 

Journalists can book concession tickets online.

 

Sub quota of33 percent to women in reserved category.

 

Clean by coach service introduced by the minister.

 

Porters to not be called "coolies" but be called "sahayaks" now.

 

Children's menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for mothers while travelling.

 

Propose to invite FM radio stations to provide train borne entertainment through PA systems, says Suresh Prabhu.

 

Ministry o give special focus on exploring advertisement potential.

 

Chennai to get India's first rail auto hub.

 

Divyang toilets at every platform.

 

Passengers will get option of insurance at the time of booking.

 

Aastha sircuit trains for devotional centres to come up.