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Khattar hails rail budget

Haryana chief minister ML Khattar on Thursday hailed the rail budget presented by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament, terming it as "pro-passengers".

punjab Updated: Feb 26, 2015 20:08 IST
HT Correspondent

Haryana chief minister ML Khattar on Thursday hailed the rail budget presented by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament, terming it as "pro-passengers".

Besides sparing the passengers of fare hike, several facilities had also been introduced for their convenience, he said and added that the budget was more reformative and sensible than populist and aimed at bringing major changes for making train travelling more comfortable.

Lauding the announcement made by the railway minister for formation of joint ventures with the state, which would enable states like Haryana to construct new railway lines by raising the funds, he said that Haryana had already sent a proposal last month for signing a MoU with the railways ministry in this regard.

Khattar welcomed the decision for eliminating 3,438 level unmanned crossings in the country and said that Haryana would also be benefitted with this announcement as the state government had earlier submitted an action plan to railways for eliminating 119 unmanned level crossings in the state.

He lauded the introduction of several modern provisions like introduction of WiFi, escalators at platforms, e-catering, facilities for senior citizens and disabled, easy ticketing for unreserved seats in five minutes, increasing the speed on several routes to 160 and 200 km per hour, four-month advance reservation to curb black-marketing, and installation of CCTV cameras in women's compartments to ensure their safety and paperless ticketing. Passengers' complaint helpline number 138 and 182 helpline number for safety of passengers had been introduced which would be of assistance to the passengers, he said.