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Friday, February 29, 2008

Railway Budget highlights

Railway Budget highlights :

  • Railway profit in 2007-08 at Rs 25,000 crore.
  • Doubling of lines to be given priority.
  • Railways planning smart card-based ticketing system.
  • CCTvs at all important stations
  • Modular toilets to be introduced in trains.
  • 'Go Mumbai' card to be sold at bus depots.
  • Freight loading estimated to increase from 650 mt to 1100 mt by 2011
  • New policy for wagon leasing.
  • New line for Ennore Power Station.
  • By 2010, all coaches will be made of steel.
  • Professional agencies being involved on a pilot basis to ensure cleanliness in running trains.
  • Work on automatic signalling to start in new sections.
  • Railways to bring in led displays in stations on train arrivals/ departures.
  • Stainless steel coaches for mail and express trains.
  • Cleanliness drive on rajdhani and shatabdi trains.
  • Railways show a surplus of Rs 68,778 cr in last four years.
  • Railways to provide escalators at 50 per cent of the stations in the country.
  • Railway Minister Lalu Yadav announced that Indian Railways will introduce 15,000 ticketing counters in the next 2 years. The Railways plans to offer tickets through mobile phones.
  • By 2009 call centre based inquiry services to be unveiled.
  • Issuance of wait-listed e-tickets will also allowed
  • Operating ratio of the Railways was at 76%.
  • Rs 49,250 crore invested into new railway projects.
  • Railway plan size increased from Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore in the last four years.
  • Productivity of Railway assets has been constantly increasing.
  • Railways attained 790 tonne payload target in the year 2007-08.
  • E-ticket booking is likely to rise to 300,000 from 100,000 in a year.
  • Freight traffic target of 785 million tonnes crossed to touch 790 million tones
  • Railway plan size increased from Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore in the last four years.
  • 560 railway station platforms to be lengthened to take long trains.
  • Middle-level and low-level platforms to be upgraded to high-level platforms in several stations to help commuters.
  • More facilities for women and old passengers.
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