Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced 58 new trains among which there are 5 new Jansadharans, 6 AC express, 27 express trains, 5 premium trains, 8 passenger trains, 2 MEMU trains and 5 DEMUs.
Here are the highlights:
# Rail budget speech wraps up.
# Nizamuddin-Pune weekly: Sadanand Gowda
# Mumbai-Ghaziabad Express weekly, said Gowda.
# CCTV to monitor cleanliness activities, said Gowda.
# Read the highlights: http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2014/jul/rbEngRel.pdf
# Facility for differently-abled and elderly citizens at major stations, said Gowda.
# 18 surveys for new lines, 10 for doubling and extension: Sadanand Gowda
# Mumbai to get 860 state-of-the-art additional EMUs: Sadanand Gowda
# RPF women constables to ensure security of women, said Gowda.
# Dedicated freight corridor project for East and West will be closely monitored, said Gowda.
# Status of ongoing projects to be available online: Sadanand Gowda
# Railways will focus on connecting the missing link from Banihal to Katra in J&K, said Gowda.
# Separate housekeeping wing at major stations, said Gowda.
# 23 projects underway in Northeast, will allocate higher funds to Northeast projects: Gowda.
# Transparency in administration will be given top priority, said Gowda.
# Will start using bio-diesel soon, Gowda.
# Propose to harness solar energy through PPP mode, said Gowda.
# Propose to facilitate transport milk through trains, said Gowda.
# We will develop stations up to world-standard: Sadanand Gowda
# Wi-Fi in select trains, said Gowda.
# Ultrasonic systems to detect track problems, said Gowda.
# Moving towers, paperless offices in 5 years: Sadanand Gowda
# Extension of logistic support to e-commerce companies: Sadanand Gowda
# Challenges of tomorrow cannot be met with tools of yesterday: Sadanand Gowda
# Funding continues to be the biggest challenge for railways, said Gowda.
# Can announce new projects, but struggling railways can’t cope, said Gowda.
# Providing education to railway staff also to be done, Gowda.
# I propose bullet trains for Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector, said Gowda.
# Coaches meant for ladies to be escorted by women personnel: Sadanand Gowda
# Specially packaged trains for pilgrimage and tourist circuits: Sadanand Gowda
# 17000 rail police constables to be deputed, said Gowda.
# We will allow 1,20,000 users to simultaneously book online, says Gowda.
# Railway reservation system to revamped into e-booking system, Gowda.
# Dedicated freight corridors on eastern and western routes, said Gowda.
# Explore the possibility of building boundary walls around stations through PPP model, said Gowda.
# Foot overbridges, escalators at all major stations, said Gowda.
# Ultrasonic broken rail detection system to be introduced, said Gowda.
# Introduce, on experimental basis, RO drinking water, said Gowda.
# Strict action against vendors if food quality not up to the mark, said Gowda.
# Future projects to be financed on public-private partnership model: Gowda
# FDI in railway projects, except in operations, to be attracted: Gowda
# Set up food courts in railways to give option of giving regional foods, said Gowda.
# Pre-booked,ready-to-eat meals in phased manner to be brought, said Gowda.
# This state of affairs in railways needs immediate course correction: Gowda.
# Populist projects and mismanagement have brought Railways to point of funds crunch: Gowda.
# Focus in past has been on sanctioning projects rather than completing them: Railway Minister.
# Indian Railways spent Rs 41,000 crore on laying of 3,700 km of new lines in last 10 years: Railway Minister.
# Estimate for surplus seen at Rs 602 crore, said Gowda.
# Recent fare revision to generate Rs 8,000 crore, said Gowda.
# Railways carry only 31 per cent of freight by all means, said Gowda.
# Social obligation of Railways in 2013-14 was Rs 20,000 crore: Gowda.
# The tariff policy so far lacked rational approach, said Gowda
# Railways spend 94 paisa of every rupee earned, said Gowda
# In the last 30 years, as many as 676 projects were sanctioned, only 317 were completed and 359 remain to be completed, which now require 1,82,000 crores, said Gowda
# Will start work on high speed network, said Gowda
# Will try to balance social with commercial obligations, said Gowda
# Railways are the supply-chain backbone of the Defence forces, said Gowda
# We plan to become the largest freight carrier in the world, said Sadananda Gowda
# Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda presents the first budget of the Modi govt
# Union Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda has reached his office.
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) July 8, 2014
# The NDA government is likely to announce the launch of a new concept for the business traveller — Office on Wheels. The Ministry is planning to set up cabins equipped with computers, printers, internet and refreshments in a few coaches of select trains — mainly Shatabdis and some medium-distance AC Express trains — on a pilot basis to provide work-related amenities for corporates on the move.
# On the eve of Rail Budget, the Railway Ministry on Monday launched its official Twitter account and Facebook page in a bid to disseminate information quickly. Key points of Gowda’s budget speech will be tweeted by the ministry.
The parties concerned have been directed to submit reports on the current status of construction.