Railway Budget 2016-2017 Important Highlights

Railway Budget 2016-2017 Important Highlights. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced the Rail Budget for 2016-17 in the Parliament on 25th February 2016. This is the Second Railway Budget for Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Theme of the Railway Budget 2016-17

  • Overcoming challenges – Reorganize, Restructure Rejuvenate Indian Railways: ‘Chalo, Milkar Kuch Naya Karen’
  • Three pillars of the strategy i.e. Nav Arjan – New revenues, Nav Manak – New norms, Nav Sanrachna – New Structures.

List of Important Highlight of Railway Budget 2016-17

  • No Passenger Fare hikes.
  • Aiming to achieve operation ratio of 92 percent
  • More than 8 lakh crore to be spent on Rail Infrastructure in Coming 5 years.
  • Wi-Fi provided in 100 stations, to be provided in 400 more.
  • India’s first rail auto hub will be inaugurated in Chennai.
  • Target to Commission 1000 MW of Solar Capacity in next Five Years.
  • 2,800 km of broad gauge track conversion envisaged
  • Antyodaya Express unreserved, superfast service
  • Deen Dayalu coaches – unreserved coaches with potable water and higher number of mobile charging points
  • 3 New Super Fast Trains : Humsafar Express, Tejas, Uday
  • 17,000 additional bio-toilets to be provided in trains by the end of current financial year
  • 50% increase in the Lower berth quota for Senior Citizens
  • Eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020
  • e-ticketing system capacity increased from 2,000 tickets/min to 7,200 tickets/min
  • CCTV surveillance for all major stations
  • GPS based Digital Displays inside coaches to provide real time information regarding upcoming stations.
  • Aastha circuit trains to connect important pilgrim centres
  • Two Mobile Apps to deal with Ticket issues and receipt of Complaints and Suggestions.
  • FM Radio stations for providing train borne entertainment
  • ‘Clean my Coach’ service through SMS
  • Additional 30,000 bio-toilets by next financial year
  • World’s first Bio-Vacuum toilet developed
  • Interaction and feedback through social media & dedicated IVRS system
  • 1,780 Automatic Ticket Vending Machines
  • Application of Track Management System (TMS) launched
  • Rail Mitra Sewa for old and disabled passengers
  • Janani Sewa for providing food for children (Baby Food, Hot Milk and Hot Water)
  • SMART (Specially Modified Aesthetic Refreshing Travel) Coaches:Automatic doors, Bar-code readers, Bio-Vacuum toilets, Water-Level indicators, Accessible Dustbins, Ergonomic Seating, improved aesthetics, Vending Machines, Entertainment Screens, LED lit boards for advertising, PA system
  • SPV with assistance of the Government of Japan for Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train
  • Facility of Ticket Cancellation through 139 helpline.
  • Optional Travel Insurance for Rail journeys at the time of booking
  • Online Booking of retiring rooms through IRCTC
  • Finalised bids for Two Loco Factories under Make in India initiative.

Highlights of Railway Budget 2016-17

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