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Rail Budget 2013: 100 new trains to be launched

Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013, 09:48
 
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New Delhi: Railways are planning to introduce about 100 trains, including AC double deckers, new passenger services and extension of services to cater to the demands of various states in the Rail Budget 2013-14.

As far as rolling stock programme is concerned, the announcement will be made for manufacturing of 4200 new coaches including 600 LHB coaches in the Rail Budget.

While provision for manufacturing of 670 new locomotives including 20 LNG locos will be made, the budget will also account for manufacturing of about 16,000 new wagons.

"The focus of the Rail Budget this year is on providing more amenities to passengers. Attempts have been made to cater to the demands of all regions including Northeast as there were representations for new trains from various states," sources in Railway Ministry said.

While services of some express trains have been extended, frequency of certain popular trains have also been increased keeping the demand of people's representatives in mind.

"About 100 new trains will be announced in the budget," the sources said.

Last year, Railways had announced launching of 175 trains including passenger services.

Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in trains and stations, providing quality linen, upgradation of fire-fighting arrangements and new facilities for differently abled persons are some of the measures likely to be announced by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in his maiden budget speech on February 26.

The proposal to provide braille stickers inside coaches for assisting visually impaired passengers are among the measures likely to be announced by Bansal.

A total of 543 trains have been identified for providing On Board House Keeping Scheme (OBHS) to keep toilets and coaches clean and hygienic.

Railways have also proposed to set up about 10 mechanised laundries to improve supply of clean and quality linens on trains.

New measures for fire suppression system in AC coaches and pantry cars, which are more fire prone, are likely to be announced in the Railway Budget.

Cash-strapped railways, which has sought Rs 38,000 crore as general budgetary support (GBS) from the Finance Ministry, is likely to get about Rs 28,000 crore for the next fiscal.

Last year, it had got Rs 24,000 crore as GBS.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 09:05

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I request munister of railway plese anounced one train from Mumbai TO Akola vai Manmad,Purna,Hingoli,Vashim-Ramesh Kale -Mumbai
sir app se nivenden hai ki phulera junction hone ke bad bhi yaha kai daily chalne wali train ka stopes nahi hai jo ki junction hone ke bavjud bhi railway ki taraf se dhyan nahi diya jah rha is liye app se nivenden hai ki yaha kam se kam daily train ka to stopes hone hi chaiye plz humari in pareshaniyo ka samadaha kare aur is rail budget mai phulera ka bhi dhyan de -ASHOK KUMAR KATARIA -PHULERA JAIPUR
Respected government , please give some more fund for conversion of meter gauge Akola-Ratlam to braud gauge thanks-manish sachdev -Burhanpur
Please provide stoppage of Vidarbha exp & mumbai howrah mail at TIrora rly stn (Adani Power Plant Maharashtra to avoid inconvinience since so many years we have to pick up trains either from Gondia or Tumsar Unless you give stoppage How do you get the right of revenue generation figure for Tirora This why Gondia & tumsar revenue generates more-Ramji Patle -Tirora - Nagpur
Please operate following service for the up comingbudget 2013-2014 1)Direct train to velankanni from mumbai dadar/cst atleast twice in a week as it becomes inconviennent for passengers to reach velankanni along with old people,senior citizen and disabled peoplealso the railway should see that those who reserve their seats well in advance in second sleeper should not find any inconviennnet by general passengersIt is found that the tickets at the counter comes to waitinglist on the day of opening of ticket date,this is all because of the agent and the reservation staff,so the railway minister should look into this matter and see that fellow passengers get their tickets at ease-KENNEDY DIAS -MUMBAI
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