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Highlights of railway budget for 2009-10


New Delhi : Following are the highlights of the rail budget for the current fiscal presented by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Lok Sabha Friday:

– No increase in passenger, freight fares

– Rs.1,102 crore allocated towards improving passenger amenities

– Kolkata metro to be extended

– Rs.50 billion increase in budgetary support in 2009-10

– Freight target for 2009-10 set at 882 million tonnes

– Target set in interim budget unrealistic

– Freight cargo increased 5 percent in 2008-09

– One doctor to be posted on each long distance train

– Rs.25 monthly pass for unorganised sector employees with income below Rs.1,500 for travel up to 100 km

– New “Yuva” fully air-conditioned train for youth

– Yuva fares Rs.299 up to a distance of 1,500 km and Rs.399 up to 2,500 km

– Student concession to be extended to madarssa students

– Student concession of 60 percent on Kolkata Metro

– Introduction of trains for women during peak seasons

– 12 non-stop trains

– New train information system to be started in Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi

– 50 mobile rail ticket vans to be introduced

– ATMs on 200 mid and small-sized stations

– Integrated security scheme for 140 vulnerable stations

– Setting up of a 1,000 MW power plant

– Special recruitment drive for the physically challenged, minorities

– Committee under Sam Pitroda to commercialise railways’ optic fibre network

– Private operation of freight terminals to be encouraged

– New factory in West Bengal for making 500 state-of-the-art coaches annually

– “Janta khana” (peoples’ food) to be provided at railway stations

– Railways will not be guided by economic viability, but by social commitment

– Seven nursing colleges to provide employment to railway spouses

– Medical colleges proposed to be opened through public-private partnership model

– Cold storages and cargo facilities to eliminate wastage of perishables

– 50 world class stations to be developed on public-private partnership model

– 309 out of 375 stations will be developed with modern facilities

– 50 stations at tourist, religious places to have integrated facilities

– Infotainment facilities on Rajdhani Express for long distance passengers

– Unreserved ticketing systems to be expanded from 5,000 to 8,000 terminals

– Passengers can buy unreserved tickets at 5,000 post offices

– Air-conditioned double-decker trains for inter-city travel

– SMS updates for wait-listed passengers

– 200 automatic vending machines at key stations for selling tickets

– Discount for press correspondents increased from 30 to 50 percent

– Discount of 60 percent on fare if press correspondents travel with spouse