Highlights of Railway Budget 2012-13

Central  Railway Minister Mr. Dinesh Trivedi presents his maiden Railway Budget 2012-13 in the Lok Sabha.

Highlights of Railway Budget

* 2 paise per km hike for second class suburban trains.
*  Hike of 3 paisa per km for mail &  express trains  
 * Hike of 10 paise per km for 3rd AC passengers.
 * Sleeper class passengers to pay 5 paise more per km.
   *  First AC fare hiked by 20 paise per km.
    * 2AC passengers to pay 15 paise more per km.
      Platform ticket hiked ..!
   * Platform ticket hiked to Rs.5. It earlier cost Rs.3.
    * GRP/RPF personnel deployed on 3,500 trains.
New passenger services:
 820 new items; 75 new express trains; 21 new passenger trains; 75 new services in Mumbai suburban system.
    * Targeting freight carriage of 1,025 million tonnes to bring in Rs.89,339 crore; passenger earnings estimated at Rs.36,073 crore; gross receipts estimated at Rs.1.32 lakh crore.
    * Guru Parikarma special trains to cover Sikh pilgrimage centres of Amritsar, Patna and Nanded.
    * Separate trains to run for wait-listed passengers.
   *  Special housekeeping body to be set up to maintain stations and trains.
    * Passenger amenities to be given Rs.1,112 crore in 2012-13 as against Rs.762 crore in current year.
    * Standard of hygiene needs to be improved substantially; all out efforts will be made on this in the next six months; duty bound to provide high standard of services; special housekeeping body to be set up for stations and trains
One lakh people..!    * One lakh people to be recruited in 2012.
 *  Improvements to railway stations can provide employment to 50,000 people.
 * New tracks proposed for tribal areas.
 * Four rail factories to be set up in Kerala.
* Corrosion from night soil being discharged from toilets on tracks costs Rs.350 crore annually.
* Green toilets to be installed in 2,500 coaches in the next one year.
  * Eco-friendly toilets to replace openly discharged ones.
  * 750 km tracks to be converted in double lines.
  * Tickets will be sold at post offices also.
    *  2100 specially designed coaches manufactured to meet needs of the differently abled; aim to provide one such coach in each express train.
    * Upgradation of 929 stations.
    * 1,000 new stations to be set up through public-private partnership.
    * Electrification to be undertaken over 6,500 km at an allocation of Rs.8,000 crore during 12th Plan.
 Car trains..!   
* 12 car trains to run for Navi Mumbai.
    * 1,500 new coaches for Mumbai local trains.
    * 825 km of railway tracks to be transformed into broad gauge.
    *  Outlay of Rs.60,100 crore during 2012-13, the highest ever.
* Safety is our highest priority.
   * Want to stop recurring rail accidents.
    * Death on tracks is unacceptable.
   *  Without the railways growing, India's GDP cannot grow.

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