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Quick Recap on Railway Budget 2015

11fir32-3_660_021115092908Missed watching live presentation of Rail Budget 2015? Here we bring you a fast review of all big announcements made by Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Prabhu did not increase passenger fares but his focus was on raising money from the banks and pension funds to fund expansion plans of the Indian Railways. Nor he announced any new trains in his maiden budget speech.

The chief themes of the Budget were in line with PM Modi’s initiatives – Swachch Bharat Mission, Digital India and Make in India.

Key Highlights

  • Allotment of passenger amenities raised by 67%
  • Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi Kolkata would be an overnight journey
  • Book rail tickets 4 months in advance
  • The most-expected part about this year’s Rail Budget is no increase in passenger rail fares
  • Rs.8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in next 5 years.
  • ‘Operation 5 mins’, wherein passengers travellling unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.
  • Bio toilets and airplane-type vaccum toilets in trains
  • Wi-Fi in more stations, mobile phone charging facilities in all train compartments
  • Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens
  • All india 24/7 helpline – 138 from March 2015 ; Toll free No.182 for security
  • Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens
  • Details about new trains and increased frequency will be announced later in this session of Parliament after review
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