RAILWAY BUDGET 2012-13; Highlights

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RAILWAY BUDGET 2012-13; Highlights
Following are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2012-13 presented by Dinesh Trivedi on March 14, 2012. Here are the highlights of the budget presented in the parliament.

• Passenger fares increased marginally. The increase will be by 2 paise per km for suburban and ordinary second class; 3 paise per km for mail/express second class; 5 paise per km for sleeper class; 10 paise per km for AC Chair Car, AC 3 tier and First Class; 15 paise per km for AC 2 tier and 30 paise per km for AC I. 
• Minimum fare and platform tickets to cost Rs. 5. 
• 50% concession in fare in AC-2, AC-3, Chair Car & Sleeper classes to patients suffering from ‘Aplastic Anaemia’ and ‘Sickle Cell Anaemia’. 
• Extending the facility of travel by Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains to Arjuna Awardees. 
• Travel distance under ‘Izzat Scheme’ to increase from 100 kms to 150 kms. 
• SMS on passenger mobile phone in case of e-ticket to be accepted as proof of valid reservation. 
• Introduction of satellite based real time train information system (SIMRAN) to provide train running information to passengers through SMS, internet, etc. 
• On board passenger displays indicating next halt station and expected arrival time to be introduced. 
• Installation of 321 escalators at important stations of which 50 will be commissioned in 2012-13. 
• Introduction of regional cuisine at affordable rates; launching of Book-a-meal scheme to provide multiple choice of meals through SMS or email. 
• Introduction of coin/currency operated ticket vending machines. 
• Upgradation of 929 stations as Adarsh Stations including 84 stations proposed in 2012-13; 490 stations have been completed so far. 
• Specially designed coaches for differently-abled persons to be provided in each Mail/Express trains. 
• Introduction of Rail Bandhu on-board magazines on Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Duronto trains. 
• Setting up of AC Executive lounges at important stations
• 75 new Express trains to be introduced.
• 21 new passenger services, 9 DEMU services and 8 MEMU services to be introduced. 
• Run of 39 trains to be extended. 
• Frequency of 23 trains to be increased. 
• 75 additional services to run in Mumbai suburban; 44 new suburban services to be introduced in Kolkata area, 50 new services to be introduced in Kolkata Metro; 18 additional services in Chennai area. 
• 725 km new lines, 700 km doubling, 800 km gauge conversion and 1,100 km electrification targeted in 2012-13. 
• Rs 6,872 cr provided for new lines, Rs 3,393 cr for doubling, Rs 1,950 cr for gauge conversation, Rs 828 cr for electrification
• Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 60,100 cr 
• Rae Bareli coach factory manufactured 10 coaches in 2011-12; phase-II of the factory would be commissioned in 2012-13. 
• A wagon factory to be set up at Sitapali (Ganjam District of Odisha) 
• A rail coach factory with the support of Government of Kerala to be set up at Palakkad; two additional new manufacturing units for coaches to be established in the Kutch area in Gujarat and at Kolar in Karnataka with active participation of the State Governments. 
• Setting up of a factory at Shyamnagar in West Bengal to manufacture next generation technology propulsion system for use in high power electric locomotives. 
• Creating Missions as recommended by Pitroda Committee to implement the modernization programme. 
• Setting up of Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority to be considered. 
• New Board Members for Safety/Research and PPP/Marketing to be inducted. 
• Rail-Road Grade Separation Corporation to be set up to eliminate level crossings. 
• Indian Railway Station Development Corporation to be set up to redevelop stations through PPP mode. 
• Logistics Corporation to be set up for development & management of existing railway goods sheds and multi-modal logistics parks. 
• National High Speed Rail Authority to be set-up. 
• Pre-feasibility studies on six high speed corridors already completed; study on Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer-Jodhpur to be taken up in 2012-13. 
• Introduction of a ‘Green Train’ to run through the pristine forests of North Bengal. 
• Setting up of 200 remote railway stations as ‘green energy stations’ powered entirely by solar energy. 
• Providing solar lighting system at 1,000 manned level crossing gates. 
• 2,500 coaches to be equipped with bio toilets. 
• Setting up of 72 MW capacity windmill plants in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. 
• Installation of Integrated Security System at all 202 identified stations to be completed in 2012-13. 
• Escorting of trains by RPF/GRP extended to 3,500 trains. 
• Integration of RPF helpline with the All India Passenger Helpline. 
• Setting up of a Railway Safety Authority as a statutory regulatory body as recommended by Kakodkar Committee
• . Three ‘Safety Villages’ to be set up at Bengaluru, Kharagpur and Lucknow for skill development for disaster management. 
• Over one lakh persons to be recruited in 2012-13 – backlog of SC/ST/OBC and other categories to be wiped off. 
• Introduction of a wellness programme for railway staff at their work places. 
• Ensuring proper rest for skilled and technical staff including the running crew. 
• Institution of ‘Rail Khel Ratna’ Award for 10 rail sports-persons every year. 
• New coaching terminal at Naihati, the birth place of Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay commemorating him on 175th Birth Anniversary. 
• .Project to connect Agartala with Akhaura in Bangladesh to be taken up in 2012-13. 
• Freight loading of 1,025 MT targeted; 55 MT more than 2011-12
• Passenger growth targeted at 5.4 %.


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Story first published: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9:49 [IST]
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