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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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New train should be introduced between bareilly (uP)to nagpur-Priyank Mittal -Bareilly
till date previous budget trains not started-khader basha -surendra nagar
What provisions have been made in the Rail Budget 2013-14 towards increasing the number of trains for travel to the South viz Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupati, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kerala since during peak seasons it is always difficult to get confirmed tickets on the above routes As a matter of fact even during non peak seasons it is difficult to get confirmed tickets Can the Railway Minister please look into the matter & make provisions for increasing the number of trains for travel to the South-R Raghunandan -Mumbai
Urgently required,New train from Amritsar or Ludhiana to BangloreWe have to go Delhi to catch this train for the last many yearsbecause lacs of Enggs are working there-MALKIT SINGH -LUDHIANA
HON`BLE RLY MINISTER VERY HAPPY TO NOTE THAT IN THE COMING BUDGET U R PROPOSING ABOUT 100 NEW TRAINS IN DIFFERENT ROUTES AND ETENSINO OF SOME TRAINS WHICH WILL NOT ONLY BOOST THE REVENUE OF RLYS BUT ALSO GIVE CONVENIENCE TO THE COMMUTERS AND PUBLIC TO TRAVEL IN TRAINS IN THIS CONTEXT, ONE EARNESDT REQUEST THAT ONE DIRECT TRAIN FROM BALLARSHAH TO MUMBAI AND PUNE MAY PLS BE GRANTED WHICH WILL EASE THE RUSH TO THESE METRO CITIES - PRESENTLY BOGIES FROM BALLARSHAH ARE ATTACHED TO ONE PASSENGER AND LINKED THE SAME TO SEVAGRAM TO MUMBAI AND VICE VERSA, WHICH IS CAUSING INCONVENIENCE TO PASSENGERS - MAY KINDLY BE LOOKED INTO THIS ASPECT RESPECTFUL REGARDS -TG Ramnarayan -Chandrapur
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