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Highlights of Rail Budget 2015: No hike in fares, focus on convenience and cleanliness, new helpline

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented his first budget. Following are highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16:

india Updated: Feb 26, 2015 13:37 IST
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Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented his first budget. Following are highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16:

*Have not increased the passengers fares: Prabhu

*Tickets can now be booked 120 days ahead of travel date, instead of 60 days now, to tackle tout menace

*In 400 stations Wi-Fi facility will be provided

*67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities

*Introduction of train sets saving 20% journey time, similar to bullet trains in design, can run on existing tracks

*We will be increasing number of general coaches in identified trains for benefit of common man: Prabhu

*Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens

*We are committed to provide rail connectivity to northeastern states: Prabhu

*SMS alert service to inform passengers about arrival and departure of trains

*To provide freedom to our valued passengers to choose their meals, e-catering has been introduce in 108 trains: Prabhu

*A mobile application to address complaints of people is also being developed: Prabhu

*Introducing Operation 5 mins, wherein passengers travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes: Prabhu

*Railways would utilise the Nirbhaya fund for augmenting safer travel for women: Prabhu

*We will increase number of mechanised laundry, an all-India 24-7 helpline number will become operational: Prabhu

*This year alone we intend to replace 17, 000 more toilets by bio-toilets: Prabhu

*Cleanliness in railways highest priority for us, we now work on Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat: Prabhu

*To prevent fire in coaches, we'll install train protection warning system and train collision avoiding system: Prabhu #RailBudget2015

*Speedier railway - 9 high-speed corridors and high-speed trains

*The transformation of railways has huge opportunities for 'Make in India' campaign

*The average speed of freight trains both in empty and filled condition will be enhanced: Prabhu