Rail Budget: 2010 highlights

The Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee presented the Rail Budget in Parliament today, here are the highlights:

  • Karmabhoomi special trains for those travelling on work
  • Matribhoomi special trains for women
  • Bharatpeeth train in the name of Rabindranath Tagore will travel to 16 destinations across India
  • Railways to develop ten automobile hubs
  • Allocation for construction of new lines increased from Rs 2848 crore to Rs 4411 crore
  • Extension of Kolkata Metro on priority
  • Railways spending seen at Rs 87100 crore in 2011
  • Achieve 1000 km electrification in 2011
  • 54 new trains this year
  • High-speed dedicated passenger corridors to be constructed
  • National High Speed Rail Authority to be set up
  • Cancer patients not required to take tickets
  • Centre for Railway Research to be set up at IIT-Kharagpur
  • Total gross earnings at Rs 88281 crore
  • Railways to have master plan for North Eastern region
  • Funding for all metro projects raised by 55%
  • To start rail link to Bangladesh
  • No forcible acquisition of land for freight corridor project
  • To sign agreement with Japanese company for Western Freight Corridor
  • Freight on food grain, kerosene cut by Rs 100 per wagon
  • Railways have earned net profit of Rs 1,328 crore
  • Integral Coach Factory in Chennai to be modernised and a new unit to be set up there.
  • To set up more freight corridors
  • Upgradation of 94 stations, modern toilets at Railway stations
  • Special women RPF battalions
  • Women’s wing to be formed in RPF to ensure security of women
  • If land is available, Railways willing to set up a Diesel Multiple Unit factory in West Bengal
  • Mobile e-ticketing centres at hospitals, universities, courts, IITs, IIMs
  • Private operators can run special freight trains
  • Dividend to state exchequer Rs 6608 crore in 2011
  • Railways to start work on Rae Bareilly coach factory in the next one year
  • Service Charge on AC class cut to Rs 20 as against Rs 40 earlier
  • 101 new suburban trains in Mumbai
  • Service charge on sleeper class reduced to Rs 10
  • Railways to set up multi-functional hospitals
  • Houses for all Railways employees in the next 10 years
  • Not to increase freight tariff
  • Railways will be the lead partner in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi
  • Special trains for Commonwealth Games
  • Administrative, procedural delays discouraging people
  • Vision 2020 model to formulate strategy for next 10 years
  • Out of 120 new trains, 117 to be launched by March 31
  • For cheap drinking water, plan to start 6 bottling plants
  • Allocated Rs 1,300 crore for passenger amenities
  • Plan to raise Rs 10,000-20,000 crore in the next one year
  • To earn revenues, Railways need to set up a business model
  • Larger section of population to get connectivity over next 5 years
  • Targeting 1000 km new tracks every year
  • All 13,000 unmanned level crossings to be manned in the next five years
  • Policies to be made easy, investor-friendly
  • Special Task Force to clear proposals for investments in 100 days
  • Focus on medium term goals, planning and funds
  • Our objective is to unite the country through rail connectivity
  • Social responsibility priority in my railway budget
  • Time to build partnership with private players

Source: http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/railway_budget_highlights.php

6 Responses to Rail Budget: 2010 highlights

  1. Abhijeet says:

    Nothing for a common man except some discount on sleeper class of Rs. 10….This budget can’t help common man at all….

  2. Abhishek Katiyar says:

    I think more should be spent on safety of passengers, along with better passenger amenities

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