Highlights of Rail Budget 2013-2014
Here is a look at provisions introduced by the Rail Minister PK Bansal in his Budget.
Railway Minister PK Bansal today proposed the introduction of improved and safer facilities while delivering the Railway Budget for 2013-2014. Bansal underlined the need for the Indian Railways to remain financially sustainable, especially at times when resources are scarce and losses on train operations continue to mount.
Despite a hike in fuel prices, Bansal did not announce a hike in passenger fares, the cost of which will be to the tune of Rs 850 crore. However, he did propose to hike the reservation fee for superfast trains and the tatkal charges.
Bansal called for a paradigm shift on tariff and freight policy and the faster expansion of the rail network. Furthermore, Bansal stated that resource constraints cannot be used as an excuse for poor service and committed to bring about a market change in amenities.
Here is a look at other provisions introduced by the Rail Minister in the Budget.
- Rail land development authority allocation Rs 1,000 crore
- FY13 railway losses seen at Rs 24,600 crore Vs Rs 22,500 crore year ago
- 12th Plan gross budgetary support Rs 194,000 crore
- 12th Plan rail market borrowing pegged at Rs 120,000 crore
- Share from central road fund Rs 1,100 crore Vs Rs 5,000 crore needed
- Number of trains up from 8,897 in 2001-2002 to 12,335 in 2011-2012
- Raising Rs 95,000 crore for the next 4 years
- Arunachal Pradesh brought under RAIL network
Safety & Modernisation
- To make 10-year corporate plan for rail safety
- Plan to introduce corporate safety plan for 10 years from 2014
- Train protection warning system to be implemented
- To work towards zero-accident situation
- 1,500 km to be awarded for dedicated freight corridor FY14
- FY14 freight loading estimated 1,007 million tonne
- To enter 1 billion tonne freight carrying club
- Seek states co-operation to increase public-private partnership
- Target of Rs 1 lakh crore set aside for participation via PPP
- New routes & Trains
- Working on new railway line in Manipur
- To put in place next generation e-ticketing system by Dec 2013
- New system to enable booking 7,200 tickets/min Vs 2,000 now
- SMS alerts for reservation status being rolled out
- Plan free Wi-Fi facility onboard trains
- To extend internet booking timing from 00:30 IST to 23:30 IST
- Look forward to use Aadhar services for Railways
- To introduce 1 luxury 'Anubhuti' coach in express trains
- To identify 60 more railway stations as model stations
- To set up 8-10 more mechanised laundries for rail linen
- To set up 8 women railway police units in addition to the existing 4