Headlines

  • No hikes in passenger fares and freight tariff.
  • 52 new train services to meet increasing demand of passengers, increase in frequency of 12 train services, extension of 21 trains and introduction of some special trains.
  • Railways will not be privatized, but private sector participation welcomed through PPP route.
  • A Special Task Force to clear proposals for investments within 100 days to be set up

 Passenger services

  • Service charges on e-tickets reduced
  • E-ticket vans to be extended to Government Medical College Hospitals, Courts, Universities, IT hubs, IITs and IIMs
  • SMS updates of reservation status and movement of wagons
  • Ticket centres to be opened at district headquarters and village panchayats
  • 100% concession for cancer patients along with an escort
  • Modern luggage trolleys with uniformed attendants to assist senior citizens and women passengers
  • Six clean bottling plants to provide cheaper, clean drinking water to passengers

New trains and services

  • Mumbai to get 101 new suburban train services
  • Sanskriti Express, across the country, to mark 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore,
  • Matribhoomi Express trains for ladies in Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai
  • Karmabhoomi unreserved trains for common people between Darbhanga-Mumbai, Guwahati-Mumbai and New Jalpaiguri-Amritsar.
  • Janmabhoomi Trains specially for uniformed persons, between Ahmedabad and Udhampur,
  • Bharat Tirth Trains for tourists connecting popular sites in different parts of the country
  • Four new Duronto trains between Chandigarh and Amritsar, between Chennai and Coimbatore, between Puri and Howrah and between Howrah and Digha.
  • Double-decker coaches to be introduced in two trains each from Delhi and Kolkata

Freight services

  • Concession in freight charges for food-grains and domestic use kerosene
  • Allotment of iron ore rakes would be accessible through the web.  RFID technology to be introduced for tracking of wagons
  • Freight loading target for 2010-11 fixed at 944 million tonnes, 54 million tonnes more than the current year’s revised target.

Railway Infrastructure

  • Target set to build 25,000 kms of new lines over next 10 years. 1000 kms every year
  • National High Speed Rail Authority proposed to plan high speed rail corridor
  • North-sout, east-west dedicated freight corridors to be created
  • Chittaranjan Locomotive Works capacity would to be augmented from 200 to 275 engines a year;
  • Centre for Railway Research to be set up at IIT-Kharagpur;
  • New Design, Development and Testing Facility at Bangalore
  • Railways to set up 10 auto ancillary hubs in PPP mode
  • First rail line in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to connect Port Blair to Diglipur
  • 94 stations to be upgraded as Adarsh Stations, 10 more stations to be upgraded as World Class Stations
  • Multi-level parking complexes through PPP route

Safety & Security issues

  • All unmanned Level Crossings (LCs) to be manned within five years
  • Automatic fire and smoke detection system to be introduced in 20 trains
  • 12 companies of women RPF personnel, ‘Mahila Vahini’, for the security of women passengers

Financials

  • Rs.41,426 crore plan outlay proposed, allocation for new lines increased to Rs.2,848 crore from Rs.4,411 crore
  • More money to improve passenger amenities – Rs.1,302 crore in comparision to Rs.923 crore  in 2009-10
  • For FY11, gross traffic receipts projected at Rs 94,800 crore.
  • For FY11, estimated Railways’ dividend payout to exchequer at Rs 6,608 crore
  • Railway revenue through branding/advertising to go up from Rs.150 crore to Rs.1,000

Welfare measures

  • Houses for all rail employees in next 10 years
  • 522 hospitals, 50 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 10 residential schools, model degree colleges, technical and management institutes for railway employees
  • Five Railway Sports academies to be set up at Delhi, Secunderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai.
  • Railways to run special trains for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Railway Recruitment

  • No examination fee for women, minority and economically backward class candidates for Railway Recruitment Boards’ exams
  • Question papers now will be made available in local state languages besides Hindi, Urdu and English, examinations will be held on the same day in all regions
  • Railways to employ one member of family whose land is requisitioned for railway projects

Misc

  • Railways to set up Rabindra Museum in Howrah and Geetanjali Museum in Bolpur — both in West Bengal

Download Speech of Mamata Banerjee introducing the Railway Budget 2010-11 on 24th February 2010

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