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.
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# 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.