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Indian Rail Budget 2011-12     


  Highlights of Railway Budget 2011-12
Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee presented the Railway Budget for 2011-12 in Parliament on Friday,  February 25,  2011. No hike in fares, freight charges was proposed  in the Railway Budget for 2011-12. 
    The highlights of the Railway Budget are
* No in passen hike ger fare and freight rates.
 * Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways.
 * Rs. 9,583 crore provided for new lines.
 * 1300 km new lines, 867 km doubling of lines and 1017 km gauge conversion targeted in 2011-12.
 * 56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.
 * AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.
 *  New Super AC Class to be introduced. 
 * A new portal for e-ticketing to be launched shortly
 * Booking charges  will be cheaper with a charge of only Rs. 10 for AC classes and Rs.5 for others.
 * Pan-India multi-purpose smart card “Go India” to be introduced.
 * 236 more stations to be upgraded as Adarsh Stations.
 *  47 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 50 new suburban services proposed for Kolkata.
 * Two new passenger terminals in Kerala and one each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal proposed.
 * Feasibility study to raise speed of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph to be undertaken.
 * A special package of two new trains and two projects for the States managing trouble free run of trains  
 * Anti Collision Devise (ACD) sanctioned to cover 8 zonal railways.
 * GPS Based ‘Fog Safe’ Device to be deployed.
 * All unmanned level crossing upto 3000 to be eliminated.
 * All India Security Help line on a single number set up.
 * All state capitals in the North-East except Sikkim to be connected by Rail in next seven years.
 * A Bridge Factory in J & K and a state-of-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering is proposed at Jammu.
 * A Diesel Locomotive Centre will be set-up in Manipur. 
 * A Centre of Excellence in Software at Darjeeling proposed under the aegis of CRIS.
 * Rail Industrial Parks at Jellingham and New Bongaigaon proposed.
 * Additional mechanized laundry units to be set up at Nagpur, Chandhigarh and Bhopal.
 * 700 MW gas-based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra.
 ^ 18,000 Wagons to be procured during 2011-12.
 * A scheme for socially desirable projects, ‘Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojana’ with Non-lapsable fund proposed.
 * 10,000 shelter units proposed for track side dwellers in Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Tiruchirapalli on pilot basis.
 * Concession to physically handicapped persons to be extended on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
 * Concession of 50% to press correspondents with family increased to twice a year.
 * Senior Citizens concession to be hiked from 30 % to 40 %.
 * Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees.
 * Scholarship for Girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to Rs.1200 per month.
 * 20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up.
 * Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ including to fill up backlog of SC/ST initiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011.
 * A separate sports cadre to be created.
 * 2011-12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways.
 * Freight loading of 993 MT and passenger growth of 6.4 % estimated for 2011-12.
 * Gross Traffic Receipts at Rs.1,06,239 crore, exceeding one lakh crore mark for the first time estimated.
 * Ordinary Working Expenses assessed at Rs. 73,650 crore. 
 Courtesy:  Press Information Bureau 

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