Highlights of India Railway Budget 2013 – No hike in passenger fare, 67 express trains, 26 passenger trains introduced

India Railways Budget 2013
Railways Budget 2013

The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal today presented Railway Budget 2013.

Key Highlights of Railway Budget 2013 :

  • Introduction of 67 new Express trains,26 passenger trains, 5 Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMUs)  services and 8 DEMU services while presenting the Railway Budget 2013-14 in Parliament today.
  • Superfast charges and Tatkal fee to be hiked.
  • Ticket reservation and cancellation charges to be hiked.
  • Railways working to provide free WIFI service in selected trains.
  • Aadhaar Card will be used for booking and validating passenger details at the time of railway ticket reservation.
  • The Railway Minister also announced  launching of Book-a-meal scheme to provide multiple choice of meals through SMS or email.
  • Coin/currency operated ticket vending machines will be introduced during 2012-13.
  • Rail Bandhu on-board magazines will be distributed on Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Duronto trains.
  • The Railway Budget 2012-13 also proposes setting up of AC Executive lounges at important stations.

IT Initiatives

  • Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services.
  • Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.
  • e-ticketing through mobile phones.
  • Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.
  • Covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System.
  • Next-Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now & 1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now.

Rail Tourism

  • Launching multi-modal travel package in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir state government.
  • Issuing ‘Yatra Parchis’ to pilgrims travelling by rail to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine at the time of railway ticket booking.
  • Introduction of an educational tourist train with concessional fares – ‘Azadi Express’ – to connect places associated with freedom movement.
  • Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations, namely, Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru