Zee Media Bureau/Reema Sharma
New Delhi: Presenting his maiden interim Rail Budget 2014 in the Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday announced the launch of 17 new premium trains, 39 express trains and ten passenger trains.
Kharge also announced starting of more high-speed and left both the passenger as well as the freight fares unchanged.
Continued slogan-shouting and disorderly behaviour by Andhra Pradesh MPs over the creation of Telangana had cut short Kharge's speech following which Parliament was adjourned.
Railway Minister said an independent Rail Tariff Authority is being set up to rationalise fares and there was a proposal to expand dynamic pricing of tickets in line with the airline industry.
New Services/ New Trains
17 Premium trains
39 Express trains
10 Passenger trains
High Speed Trains
Joint feasibility study by India and Japan for Mumbai – Ahmedabad Corridor to be co-financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency
Business Development Study by SNCF for Mumbai – Ahmedabad corridor
Semi- High Speed Projects
Exploring low cost option of speeds 160- 200 kmph on select routes
Revenue Freight Traffic
Loading target of 1047 Million Tonnes for 2013-14 would be surpassed
Empty Flow Discount Scheme to be implemented
Carrying Capacity + 9 tonne + 1 tonne routes being planned
Easing of some restrictions on movement of imported commodities through Containers
Carrying capacity of 20 feet containers increased by 4 tonnes
Parcel Terminals & Special Parcel Trains with scheduled timings
New policy on parcels to encourage transportation of milk
New concept of ‘hub and spoke’ for parcel business
Third party warehousing in Special Parcel Terminals envisaged
Meghalaya set to come on rail map as part of extension of network in the Northeastern states
Premium AC Spl train in Delhi-Mumbai sector with shorter advance reservation period and dynamically varying premium over tatkal fare
Railways meet from own resources total additional impact of Rs one lakh crore because of 6th Pay Commission
Independent Rail Tariff Authority set up to advise on fixing of fares and freight, to engage all stakeholders
Annual Rail Plan envisaged at Rs 64,305 crore with a budgetary support of Rs 30,223 crore
FDI being enabled to foster creation of world-class rail infrastructure; several PPP projects in pipeline
Rail infrastructure by cost sharing with govts of Karnataka, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana
Rail Land Development Authority has raised Rs 937 crore so far
Operating ratio likely to be 90.8 per cent; Railways will end current year with surplus
Rail Minister proposes to expand dynamic pricing of rail fares on "larger scale"
Passenger rail service to Katra and Vaishnodevi to start shortly
Trains to display info on next stations, arrival times
More Jan Ahaar outlets, escalators at stations
Upgradation scheme extended to AC Chair Car and Executive Chair car passengers
Railways to encourage transportation of milk
Steps to reduce running of empty freight carriages
Bio-toilet facility to be provided in more trains