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Railway budget 2008-09: HIGHLIGHTS

india Updated: Feb 26, 2008 17:29 IST

Railway budget 2008-09: HIGHLIGHTS

.50 pct discount on tickets for senior citizens
.Anti-collision devices on all stations
.Rail coach factory in Keral coming
.10 new Garib Raths, 53 new trains
.Staff benefit funds to be up ten times
.One more rail captive power plant in Bihar
.N Railway hospital in Delhi to be fully AC
.50% concession for AIDS patients travelling in trains
.Plans bulk handling terminals for cement, fly-ash, food grains
.Ticket confirmation via mobile phone on the cards
Touchscreen monitors on all stations
.Construction work on East-West freight corridor to start in 08/09
.20,000 new freight wagons expected for 08/09
.Cash surplus of Rs 25,000 crores in last year. Rlys creates new profit record
.Operating ratio of railway is at 76 %
.2007-08 cash surplus pegged at Rs 25000 cr
.Rs 49,250 crore project spent on new projects
.Railways profits due to UPA policies, says Lalu
.Rs 29 bn achieved on freight services
.Number of train services increased in peak season
.Technology to bring ticket counters to zero in two years
.790 tonnes payload target achieved
.Multipurpose ticketing cards for Mumbai proposed
.Additonal Rs 20,000 crore earned on freight services
.To link trains via IT, communications by 2009
.Touchscreen, colour display boards at stations
.Railways will be linked by Mar '09 to call centres
.Display boards at railway stations
.Multi-purpose smart Mumbai cards to be introduced
.Ticket reservation possible from anywhere
.Rajdhanis and Shatabdis to get sophisticated coaches soon
.Modular toilets to be installed in coaches
.Railway plan size hiked from Rs 11,000 cr to Rs 30,000 cr
.Freight traffic target of 785 mn tonnes touches 790 mn tonnes
.Multi-level parking at 36 railway stations
.High-level, low-level platforms to be increased
.E-booking to go up to 3 laks a year
.Aim to have no queue for tickets in 2 years
.High-level platform in 135 stations
.Express trains to have public address system
.Lifts and escalators at 50 stations
.560 platforms to be lengthened for long-distance trains
Arrival time to be printed on tickets
.Express trains to have public address systems
.Long-distance trains to display next station
Planning Smart-card-based ticket system
.6,000 automatic ticket machines in 2 yrs
.Electrication of more routes in North India
.Multilevel parking at 30 stations
.In talk with foreign companies for new wagon designs
.Go Mumbai cards on the anvil
.Plans to check accidents in northeast India
.CCTVs at major railway stations
.Private firms can build terminals on rail land
.Heightened security at at key stations
.All unmanned crossing will be now manned
.Free season tickstes for girls till graduation
.Container train operators to be up to 50-55 trains
.16,548 old rail tracks to be renewed
.NDLS, Mumbai Cent, Patna to become world-class
.High-level platforms in 135 stations
.50% concession for senior citizens, women
.Metal detectors, baggage-scan at major stations
.To outsource housekeeping in Shatabdis
.50% concession for AIDS patients travelling in trains
.One more rail captive power plant in Bihar
.Divisional railway hospitals in Jaipur, Hubli to be upgraded
.N Railway main hospital in Delhi to be fully air-conditioned
.New rail coach manufacturing unit in Kerala
.50 new terminals planned in Mumbai, Pune and Ghaziabad
.Machhlipatnam-Bangalore new train tri-weekly
.Amravati-Mumbai express new train bi-weekly
.A new rail coach unit to be set up in Kerala
.Railways to issue waitlisted e-tickets
.Chennai-Salem new train daily
.Ticket confirmation via mobile likely
.Can buy tickets from anywhere in two years
.Special train between Delhi and Pune for Commonwealth Games
.53 new trains across India in 2008-09
.New Delhi-Jammu Tawi train now daily
.Salsa-Amritsar Garib Rath tri-weekly
.Bagalkota-Jaswantpur train now daily
.Kurla to Howrah train bi-weekly
.Proposal to spend Rs 17.3 bn on new lines
.Proposal to spend Rs 6.5 bn on metro transport projects
.Special focus to be given on railway projects in the North Eastern region.
.Second class cut fare by 5 pc
.To cut sleeper fare by 5 pc
.AC-1 fare cut by 7 per cent
.AC-2 fare down by 4 per cent
.Third AC cut by 2 per cent
.5 % cut in petrol, diesel freight