Union railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge presented the Interim Railway Budget 2014-15, the last to be presented by the UPA II government on Wednesday.
Here are the highlights of the Interim Railway Budget:
# No increase in passenger fares and freight charges
# 17 new premium trains, 38 express trains and 10 passenger trains to be launched
# Premium AC trains with dynamic fares on Delhi-Mumbai route with shorter advance reservation period
# Passenger rail service to Katra and Vaishnodevi to start shortly
# Railways to expand services to Meghalaya
# More high-speed trains to be launched
# Railways exploring low cost option of 160-200 kmph speed trains on select routes
# Rail Tariff Authority to advise on fares and freight
# Mumbai to get AC EMUs in July
# Trains to display info on next stations, arrival times
# More Jan Ahaar outlets, escalators at stations
# Upgradation scheme extended to AC Chair Car and Executive Chair car passengers
# Annual Rail Plan envisaged at Rs 64,305 crore with a budgetary support of Rs 30,223 crore
# FDI being enabled for creation of rail infrastructure
# Railways to end current year with surplus
# Surveys for 19 new lines and 5 doubling of tracks
# Railways to encourage transportation of milk
# Steps to reduce running of empty freight carriages
#Bio-toilet facility to be provided in more trains
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