Following are the highlights of Railway Budget 2008-09 presented by the Railways Minister, Mr Lalu Prasad, in Parliament on Tuesday.· Second-class Sleeper fares cut by 5%.

· AC-1 fare cut by 7%.

AC-2 fare cut by 4%.

AC-3 fare cut by 3%.

· 10 new Garib Raths, 53 new trains to be introduced.

· 50% concessions for AIDS patients.

· 50% concession for senior women citizen.

· Free season tickets for girls till graduation.· Freight traffic target of 785 million tonnes crossed to touch 790 million tonnes.

· Railway plan size increased from Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore in the last four years.

· Set new profit of Rs 25,000 cr in 2007-08.

· 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.

· Doubling of lines to be given priority.

· Professional agencies being involved on a pilot basis to ensure cleanliness in running trains.

· Work on automatic signalling to start in new sections.

· Rlys planning SMARTCARD-based ticketing system.

· Electrification of more routes in North India.

· Foot overbridge along high level platforms.

· In talks with foreign cos for new wagon designs.

· High level platforms in 135 stations.

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· Housekeeping in Shatabdi to be outsourced.

· Lifts and escalators in 50 stations.

· Modular toilets to be introduced in trains.

· Rajdhanis, Shatabdis to get modernised coaches.

· Touch screens, colour TVs across all major stations.

· 6,000 automatic ticket sale machines in 2 years.

· By 2010 all coaches to be in stainless steel.

· Rlys to connected to call centres for reservations.

· 16,548 old rail tracks to be renewed.

· Ticket confirmation via mobiles likely.

· Pvt cos can make terminals on Rly land.

· All un-manned crossings to be manned.

· Metal detectors, baggage scan at key stations.

· Display boards to be set up across stations for convenience of passengers.

· ‘Go Mumbai’ tickets to be sold at bus depots.

· Delhi-JNPT-NavaShev a western freight corridor cleared.

· Multi-level parking at 30 major stations.

· Free Rajdhani, Shatabdi travel for Ashok Chakra winners.

· New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune to be made world-class stations.

· Rlys to issue wait-listed e-tickets.

· Arrival time to be printed on tickets.

· To link trains via IT, communications in 2009.

· Amravati-Mumbai Express -twice a week.

· Khajuraho-Delhi thrice a week.

· Chennai-Salem daily

· Kurla-Howrah frequency twice a week.

· Considering a rail link for Ennore port.

· To have new wagon leasing policy.

· BBU-NDLS Rajdhani thrice a week.

· Expanding use of automated signalling system.

· Special train between Delhi and Pune for Commonwealth Games.

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