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Railway Budget 2013 Highlights: No hike in passenger fares, but travel cost to go up

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 22:23
 
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New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday announced while presenting the Rail Budget 2013-14 in Lok Sabha that passenger fares would not be hiked any further this year. Bansal stressed on safety and announced that a next generation e-ticketing system would be in place by the end of this calendar year.

Bansal is the first Congress minister in 17 years to present the Rail Budget.

Cash-strapped Railways had effected an across the board 21 percent passenger fare hike in January this year, aiming to mop up an additional revenue of Rs 6,600 crore.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RAILWAY BUDGET - 2013-14


Fares and Freight


  • No hike in passenger fares

  • Proposal for setting up of Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority formulated and at inter-ministerial consultation stage

  • Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013

  • Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased

  • Enhanced reservation fee abolished



e-Ticketing


  • ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services.

  • Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.

  • e-ticketing through mobile phones.

  • Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.

  • Covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System.

  • Next-Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now & 1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now.



New Trains


  • 67 new Express trains to be introduced

  • 26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced

  • Run of 57 trains to be extended

  • Frequency of 24 trains to be increased



Metropolitan Projects/Sub-urban Services


  • Introduction of first AC EMU rake on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14

  • Introduction of 72 additional services in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata

  • Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai



Passenger/Rail Users’ Amenities


  • Identification of 104 important stations for immediate attention to all aspects related to cleanliness.

  • Progressive extension of bio-toilets on trains.

  • Provision of concrete aprons on platforms with mechanized cleaning facilities.

  • Extension of On Board Housekeeping Scheme and Clean Train Stations to more stations and trains.

  • Extension of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS), Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Coin- operated Ticket Vending Machines (CO-TVMs) and schme of Jan-Sadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBSs).

  • Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

  • Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback.

  • 8-10 more mechanized laundries for quality washing of linen.

  • Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains.

  • Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains.

  • Upgrading another 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected.

  • Associate voluntary organizations for providing first aid services at railway stations.

  • Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services.

  • 179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently abled.

  • Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly.

  • Some JTBS to be reserved for disabled people.

  • Curbing malpractices in reserved tickets including tatkal scheme.

  • Third party audit and tie up with food testing laboratories for food quality control; ISO certified state-of-the-art base kitchens to be set up in railway premises.

  • Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321) Rail Tourism



Measures for improving Safety & Security


  • Making a Corporate Safety Plan for a ten year period (2014-2024).

  • Elimination of 10797 level crossings during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs to the IR system henceforth.

  • Introduction of Train Protecti on Warning System on Automatic Signalling Systems.

  • Rigorous trials of the indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System

  • Using 60 kg rails, 260 meter long welded rail panels and improved flash butt welding technology.

  • Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains.

  • Induction of crash worthy LHB coaches with anti-climb feature.

  • Rehabilitation of identified 17 distressed bridges over next one year.

  • Provision of comprehensive fire and smoke detection systems.

  • Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains.

  • Use of fire retardant furnishing materials in coaches.

  • Measures initiated to deal with elephant related accidents.

  • Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rail passengers, especially women passengers.

  • Recruitment to RPF with 10% vacancies reserved for women.



Rail Based Industries


  • New factories/workshops to be set up: a new Forged Wheel Factory at Rae Bareli in collaboration with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.

  • a Greenfield Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMU) manufacturing facility at Bhilwara (Rajasthan) in collaboration with State Government and BHEL.

  • a Coach Manufacturing Unit in S onepat District (Haryana) in collaboration with State Government.

  • a Midlife Rehabilitation Workshop at Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) in collaboration with the State Government.

  • Bikaner and Pratapgarh workshops to undertake POH of BG wagons.

  • a workshop for repair and rehabilitation of motorized bogies at Misrod (Madhya Pradesh).

  • a new wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi (Odisha).

  • a modern signaling equipment facility at Chandigarh through PPP route.



Green Initiatives


  • Setting up of Railway Energy Management Company (REMC) to harness potential of solar and wind energy.

  • Setting up of 75 MW capacity windmill plants and energizing 1000 level crossings with solar power.

  • Deployment of new generation energy efficient electric locomotives and EMUs.

  • More usage of agro-based and recycled paper and ban use of plastic incatering.



Rail Tourism


  • Launching multi-modal travel package in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir state government.

  • Issuing ‘Yatra Parchis’ to pilgrims travelling by rail to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine at the time of railway ticket booking.

  • Introduction of an educational tourist train with concessional fares -‘Azadi Express’ – to connect places associated with freedom movement.

  • Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations, namely, Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru.



Financial Performance 2012-13


  • Loading target revised to 1007 MT against 1025 MT in BE.

  • Gross Traffic Receipts fixed at 1,25,680 cr in RE, short by 6,872 cr over Budget Estimates.

  • Ordinary Working Expenses retained at BE level of 84,400 cr; pension payments increased by 1,500 cr to 20,000 cr.

  • Dividend liability to government to be fully discharged.

  • ‘Excess’ of 10,409 cr as against the budget amount of 15,557 cr.

  • Loan of 3,000 cr taken in 2011-12 fully repaid along with interest.

  • Operating Ratio of 88.8% as compared to 94.9% in 2011-12.



Budget Estimates 2013-14


  • Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13.

  • Passenger growth - 5.2%.

  • Gross Traffic Receipts -1,43,742 cr i.e. an increase of 18,062 cr over RE, 2012-13.

  • Ordinary Working Expenses -96,500 cr.

  • Appropriation to DRF at 7,500 cr and to Pension Fund at 22,000 cr.

  • Dividend payment estimated at 6,249 cr.

  • Operating Ratio to be 87.8%.

  • Fund Balances to exceed 12,000 cr.



Annual Plan 2013-14


  • Highest ever plan outlay of 63363 cr

  • Gross Budgetary Support -26,000 cr

  • Railway Safety Fund - 2,000 cr

  • Internal Resources - 14,260 cr

  • EBR - Market Borrowing - 15,103 cr

  • EBR - PPP - 6,000 cr

  • 500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14



Fiscal Discipline


  • No supplementary Demands for Grants introduced in Monsoon Session or Winter Session of Parliament

  • Loan of 3,000 cr repaid fully

  • 347 projects prioritized with assured funding

  • Operationally important projects and also last mile projects to receive liberal funding

  • A new fund – Debt Service Fund – set up to meet committed liabilities

  • Stringent targets for efficiencies in maintenance of rolling stock and fuel consumption

  • Target to create fund balance of 30,000 cr in the terminal year of the 12th Plan



Staff Welfare


  • Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs 300 cr

  • Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters

  • Extending treatment facility in case of medical emergency to RELHS beneficiaries to all cities in hospitals empanelled with CGHS and Railways

  • Condition of barracks to be improved for RPF personnel

  • Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots



Training and Recruitment


  • 1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged

  • Imparting skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations

  • Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies

  • Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad – Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM)

  • Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on IR related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels

  • Setting up of a chair at TERI promoting railway related research to reduce carbon footprint



Sports


  • Railway Teams won 9 National Championships in 2012

  • Railway Sports Promotion Board awarded the ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar – 2012’



Concessions


  • Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1 st Class/2nd AC

  • Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya

  • Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains

  • Travel by Duronto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportpersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains

  • Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Gallantry

  • Police Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2nd AC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains

  • Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years



Some Achievements/Initiatives


  • IR enters the one billion tonne Select Club joining Chinese, Russian and US Railways;

  • IR also joins Select Club running freight trains of more than 10000 tonne load;

  • ‘Fuel Adjustment Component’ concept to be implemented linking tariffs with movement of fuel prices;

  • Target of Rs 1000 crore each fixed for Rail Land Development Authority and IR Station Development Corporation to be raised through PPP in2013-14;

  • New fund – Debt Service Fund – to be set up to meet committed liabilities of debt servicing for WB and JICA loans for DFC and other future liabilities.



First Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 08:20

Comments

being a part of ncr delhi, special attention has been given to Sonepat while announcing a coach factory in Sonepat which is a highly commendable job done by Hon`ble Railway Minister Sh Bansal ji which will result in diverting the rush to such cities from Delhi-R N GROVER -SONEPAT
No accp Budget-umesh yadav -bhilai
its good looking-TAMBE VIJAY -GADCHIROLI
AS PART OF GREEN ENERGY WHY RAILWAY AUTHORITY IS NOT INCREASING THE CUNSUMPTION OF BIODIESEL IN DIESELLOCOMOTIVE?-RAJENDRA SHAH -AHMEDABAD
We have elected congress 4 times continuously They have did nothing for us Jmaarun waste fellow He bought 4ship after electing him Congress sucks people blood-suganthakumar -Theni
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