Published On : Tue, Feb 26th, 2013
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Rail Budget 2013: Multi-purpose training institute to be set up at Nagpur,back door fare hike

Nagpur News: Like one should have expected, it is a populist Railway Budget with little thought on reforms. The government is of course playing it safe before an election year and has yet again shown itself incapable of taking strong decisions.

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal presented what is the first Railway Budget by a Congress minister in 17 years on Tuesday with “Marginal hike in freight charges and no hike in passenger fares.

For Nagpur Bansal informed that Multi-purpose training institute to be set up at Nagpur. He also added that rail track between Nagpur to Nagbhid will be converted to broad gauge.

New train to Mumbai and Bikaner  been gifted. Mumbai train will  run from  Ajni (Nagpur) to  Lokmanya Tilak (T) (Weekly) Via Hingoli

Bikaner – Chennai AC Express (Weekly) Via Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Nagda, Bhopal, Nagpur

Two new train  Via Nagpur is also proposed  as below: 

Jabalpur – Yesvantpur Express (Weekly)Via Nagpur, Dharmavaram

Puri – Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) Via Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Raipur, Nagpur, Bhusawal

The frequency of the following trains will be increased:
11453/11454 Ahmedabad-Nagpur Express 2 to 3 days

Kalumna-Nagpur Sections is been proposed to be doubled in 2013-14

Rail Neer bottling plants at Nagpur 

Executive Lounge at Nagpur

National skill development at Nagpur

Bansal said that there would be no hike in the Budget but added that certain charges like supplementary fee, superfast fee, reservation fee, cancellation fee and Tatkal charges will see a marginal hike. Even freight fares could see a marginal hike of less than 5 per cent.

Claiming that the losses of the Railways were mounting, Bansal said that the gigantic network must be financially sustainable for the benefit of the passengers. “The rail network needs to be expanded at a faster rate. The freight and passenger fares have to be based on economic realities. The growth of  railways is linked to the growth of country,” he said. The minister said that the estimated losses of the Railways stood at Rs 24,000 crore in 2012-13.

Other highlights of the Rail Budget are as follows:-

  • 67 new Express trains to be introduced.
  • 58 train routes to be extended
  • 27 new passenger trains propose
  • Marginal hike of 5% in freight charges, no hike in passenger fares.
  • IRCTC to issue 7,260 tickets per minute
  • Coaches to be made wheelchair friendly for differently-abled:
  • Free Wi-Fi facilities on selected trains
  • E-ticketing to be now available through mobile phones
  • MEMU manufaturing facility at Bhilwara, Coach making factory in Sonepat, Workshop at Kurnool, Andhra Prdesh
  • New train Azadi Express to places linked with the freedom struggle to be introduced, fares to be concessional
  • Food testing labs for food in railways. ISO certification for all rail kitchen
  • Identification of 104 stations for upgradation in places with more than one million population and of religious significance
  • Internet booking hours to be increased from 12.30 am to 11.30pm
  • 1800-111-321 toll free number for complaints and suggestions
  • Arunachal Pradesh brought under railway connectivity
  • E-ticketing will be now available through mobile phones
  • Use of Aadhaar card by Railways to render user friendly services
  • Special coaches called ‘Anubhuti’ with luxurious services in select trains
  • More RPF guards, ladies specials in metros and helplines to be implemented
  • Railways to provide free Wi-Fi on selected trains
  • More women to be recruited into RPF
  • Coaches to be made wheelchair friendly for the differently-abled
  • Fire retardant materials to be used in coaches
  • New coaches with anti-climb features need to be developed
  • Anti-collision device needs to be put to rigorous trials
  • Looking at elimination of 10,797 unmanned level crossing
  • Estimated loss at Rs 24,600 crore in 2012-13
  • Concessional travel for sports persons, parents of posthumously decorated soldiers
  • Freedom fighters have to renew railway passes once in three years,”
  • Anti-collision device needs to be put to rigorous trials