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Updated on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 17:40 Print Email
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New Delhi: In line with expectations, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday presented a populist Rail Budget 2011-12. Over 100 new trains have been announced while passenger fares as well as freight rates have been kept unchanged.

Also, in a move to attract passengers from higher strata of the society, Mamata announced that the Railways will introduce new Super AC class of travel beginning this year.

She further proposed a reduction in e-ticket booking rates by Rs 10 for AC class and Rs 5 for non-AC class.

The Railway Minister told Lok Sabha, while presenting her third Rail Budget, that the age for concession under senior citizen category for women is being reduced from 60 years to 58 years, while male senior citizens will get additional 10% concession over and above the existing 30%.

Mamata told Parliament that this year’s Rail Budget has a strong economic focus as well as social inclusion, with human face. The main focus is on common man, she added.

The minister emphasized that passenger safety will be among top priorities. According to her, anti-collision devices will be installed in three more zones. She also stated that the Railways will build 172 rail-over-bridges (ROBs) and 240 Rail Under Bridges (RUBs) this fiscal.

In an important announcement, considering the increasing incidences of sabotage and ‘rail-rokos’, Mamata proposed to grant two new projects and two new trains each for states where trains run “trouble-free”.

Mamata said 1,500 trains were cancelled while 3,500 others were re-scheduled last year due to protests and other reasons.

Fares & Freight
  • Keeps passenger fares unchanged
  • Makes no mention of freight rates in speech
  • Concession for women senior citizens cut to 58 yrs from 60 yrs
  • Concession for senior male citizens up at 40% from 30%
  • Accredited Journalists to get 50% concession twice a year
  • Physically challenged to also get concession on Rajdhani Express
  • AC e-ticket fee cut to Rs 10 from Rs 20
  • Non-AC e-ticket fee cut to Rs 5 from Rs 10

Passenger Amenities
  • Multi-purpose ‘Go India’ smart card – single-window package for paying for buying tickets for suburban, metro, long distance services
  • Extension of Rail yatri sevaks with modern trolleys at six more stations: New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram
  • New super air-conditioned class of travel to start soon

New Trains
  • To launch 9 new Duronto trains
  • Increase in frequency of 5 Duronto services
  • Three new Shatabdi Express on Pune-Secunderabad, Jaipur-Agra & Ludhiana-Delhi routes
  • Double decker AC trains: Jaipur to Delhi, Ahmedabad to Mumbai
  • To introduce 56 new Express trains
  • To extend run of 33 trains
  • Frequency of 17 trains to be increased
  • Four Vivek Express trains to mark 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
  • Four Kavi Guru Express trains to mark 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
  • 10 Rajya Rani Express trains to connect state capitals with important cities in those states
  • Four Janam Bhoomi Gaurav trains for promotion of rail tourism
  • To introduce 13 new passenger services
  • 22 new DEMU trains
  • 8 new MEMU trains

Suburban Trains
  • To develop an integrated suburban rail network in large cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata
  • To launch 50 new suburban trains in Kolkata
  • To launch 34 new services in Kolkata Metro
  • To commission 7 new surveys to up Kolkata Metro services
  • To set up Kolkata Vikas Corp for Metro
  • 47 additional suburban services for Mumbai
  • 107 Mumbai suburban trains to be 12 car from present 9 cars
  • Nine additional services for Chennai suburban service
  • 10 new suburban projects for Hyderabad-Secunderabad
  • 83 Hyderabad suburban trains to be 9 car from present 6 cars
  • New peak-time non-stop locals in Howrah area
  • Two additional services on Delhi-Ghaziabad sections

  • Focus on safety
  • To have anti-collision devices in 8 of 17 rail zones
  • Anti-collision devices to be commissioned in three Railway zones including Southern, South Central and South Western soon
  • New GPS-based ‘fog safe’ device
  • 172 Rail Over Bridges and 240 Rail Under Bridges to be built this year
  • Real time train information system ‘SIMRAN’ developed in association with IIT Kanpur
  • A project with IIIT Chennai on prototype manufacture of ultrasonic systems
  • Collaborative study with IIT Mumbai on rail corrosion
  • Partnership with Jadavpur University, Kolkata for developing new designs for rail steel bridges
  • Centres of excellence for development of Mechatronics Systems at RCF-Kapurthala and DMW-Patiala
  • Collaboration with Bengal Engineering and Science University for using jute geo-textiles in embankment design
  • Two new projects and two new trains for states where trains run ‘trouble free’
  • To do away with all unmanned rail crossings by FY12
  • Starting all-India security helpline
  • Rate of accidents 0.17/km vs 0.29/km 5 yrs ago

Staff & Recruitment
  • Medical facility for dependent father and mother
  • Girl child education scholarship of Rs 1200 for Group D, gangmen
  • Restructuring of all cadres to ensure promotion opportunities
  • A Sports Cadre will be set up in the department
  • Setting up of Railway Vidayalaya Prabhandhan Board to improve quality of education in Railway schools
  • 20 new hostels for children of employees
  • To provide 20 road medical vans for ensuring healthcare accessibility
  • Process set in motion to fill 1.75 lakh vacancies in Group C and Group D
  • Steps taken to fill up 13, 000 vacant RPF posts
  • 16000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011 into Railways training
  • 14 mn employees in Railways

  • Facing difficulties due to Sixth Pay Commission expenditure
  • Rs 3,700 cr saved by austerity measures
  • Earnings set to exceed Rs 1 lakh crore mark
  • To borrow Rs 205.9 bn in 2011-12
  • Railways to issue tax-free bonds of Rs 10,000 cr in 2011-12
  • To spend Rs 576.3 bn in 2011-12
  • Annual gross budgetary support at Rs 2 bn
  • Rs 138.24 bn for acquisition of rolling stock
  • Saved Rs 3 bn on rail re-alignment
  • Operating ratio excluding pay panel arrears 84% now
  • Disruptions cost Rs 15 bn loss in FY11
  • Lost Rs 20 bn in FY11 on iron ore export curbs
  • Expect Railways financial health to revive in FY12
  • FY12 operating ratio pegged at 91.1%
  • FY12 total working expenses seen at Rs 964 bn
  • Set aside Rs 67.35 bn dividend for FY12
  • FY12 gross traffic receipt seen at Rs 1.06 trillion
  • FY11 gross traffic receipts seen at Rs 948.40 bn
  • Freight loading aims at 993 million tn in FY12
  • Loading target reduced by 20 mn tn to 924 mn tn in FY12
  • See Rs 52.58 bn excess funds with Railways in FY12
  • FY12 Disaster Relief Fund appropriation at Rs 70 bn
  • FY11 plan outlay revised to Rs 403 bn
  • Doubling spend on gauge conversion to Rs 24.7 bn
  • To spend Rs 95.83 bn for new lines in FY12

  • New rail line addition at 700 km in 2010-11 vs average of 180 km annually earlier
  • To double-line 867 km of rail tracks in FY12
  • 1,017 km of gauge conversion in FY12
  • To complete 1,000 km new rail lines in FY12
  • To set up track machine unit in Bengal’s Uluberia
  • Working on 1,000 MW captive power plant in Nabinagar
  • Setting up 1,300 MW thermal power plant in Adra, West Bengal
  • To set up 700 MW gas-based power plant at Thakurli, near Mumbai
  • Rail industrial park at Jellingham, in West Bengal
  • Rail industrial park at New Bongaigaon, Assam
  • Two more wagon units under JV/PPP mode, one each at Kolar (Karnataka) and Alappuzha (Kerala), and one more at Buniadpur
  • To begin Orissa wagon unit work on land identification
  • Imphal to be connected with rail network soon
  • To set up diesel locomotive centre in Manipur
  • To set up software centre in Darjeeling
  • To set up tunnel and bridge institute in Jammu
  • To train frontline staff in customer service, new training centre to be set up at Kharagpur
  • Multi-disciplinary training centre at Kolkata, Dharwad and Pune
  • Five new polytechnics – Varanasi, Bhilai, Dharwad, Machlandpur and Vadodra
  • New international training centre at Agra
  • Railway to set up Bridge factory in J&K
  • To set up Metro coach factory at Singur
  • Committed to set up coach factory at Palakkad
  • Work on Kanchanpara, Marhura loco units moving well
  • First coach from new Rae Bareli unit in 3 months
  • Set up single window for PPP project clearance
  • Got 85 proposals for PPP plans
  • Work on Western as well as Eastern freight corridor progressing well
  • Aim to complete dedicated freight corridor by December 2016
  • To give 12,000 acres for dedicated freight corridor
  • Wagon procurement target at 18,000 units in FY12
  • Double decker container trains from Gujarat to inland port in Gurgaon
  • To meet the demand for coaches, rail based industries to be set up under Vision 2020
  • 442 stations’ upgradation as ‘adarsh stations’ to be completed by March 2011
  • 236 stations identified to be upgraded as ‘adarsh stations’
  • Longest tunnel, in Kashmir, to be completed this year
  • To start study with Japan to up speed to 200km/hr
  • PM Rail Vikas Yojna will include all the rail projects under the 12th Plan
  • Have to depend on imports for rolling stock material
  • Some rolling stock materials not available
  • There are supply constraints on wagons, coaches
  • High demand for coach, wagon can’t be met immediately
  • Made several business-oriented policies

  • Sukhi Grihasth Scheme - To build 10,000 shelters at Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Trichi and other places
  • To set up budget hotels at 45 locations
  • Strong economic focus with social inclusion
  • Main focus on common man – urban, small town and rural
  • Rail services comparable to emergency services
  • Aware of acute sense of social responsibility
  • 2011 declared as green year
  • Windmill at ICF, Chennai
  • Regenerative braking in Mumbai EMUs
  • Free supply of 14 lakh CFLs to Railway households
  • Enthused by the high number of medals in international sports competitions won by Railways
  • Rail transportation vital for economic development
  • To allow web access on Kolkata Rajdhani on pilot basis
  • To create fund to implement socially desirable plans
  • Over 400, 000 people availed low cost “Izzat “ ticket
  • Giving economic share to industrialists to invest in Railway
  • Combined economic focus with social sector in this Rail Budget
  • Started e-procurement system to ensure transparency
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