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Passenger fare hike unlikely in Railway Budget

For the seventh year in a row, passenger fares are unlikely to be revised in the Railway Budget to be presented on Wednesday as Mamata Banerjee is once again set to reach out to the common man with populist measures.

delhi Updated: Feb 23, 2010 12:44 IST

For the seventh year in a row, passenger fares are unlikely to be revised in the Railway Budget to be presented on Wednesday as Mamata Banerjee is once again set to reach out to the common man with populist measures.

The budget may have something for every section and that includes additional trains and innovative schemes to corner more freight traffic from the road, Rail Bhavan sources said.

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, who will be presenting her second budget in UPA-II, will also lay the foundation for the implementation of the ambitious Railways Vision document for the coming decade.

The document may seek to attain inclusive development generate large scale employment and ensure environmental sustainability.

The Vision Document 2020 was unveiled by Banerjee in the Winter Session of Parliament last year along with the White Paper.

"Most of the proposals mentioned in the vision document like expansion of rail network, raising train speed and safety measures and commercial utilisation of railway land are expected to find mention in the rail budget," the sources said.

With elections round the corner in Bihar and West Bengal, Banerjee is unlikely to touch passenger fares though she is under pressure to review them, which have not seen upward revision for the last seven years.