Rail Budget 2015 Highlights

Key highlights of Suresh Prabhu’s First Railway Budget 2015:

  • No increase in rail fares
  • Railways to raise reserved ticket booking window to 120 days vs 60 days now
  • Presenting his maiden Railway Budget, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday announced a 24*7 helpline for Indian Railways.
  • An all India 24*7 helpline 138 will be effective from 1/3/2015;
  • Toll free No. 182 for security complaints,” Prabhu said.
  • Rs 120 crore will be spent to install lifts and escalators at major stations.
  • Stressing on the need to work towards PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ drive, Prabhu in his budget speech said, “17,000 more toilets will be replaced by bio-toilets.”
  • Wi-fi to be available at 400 railway stations
  • E-catering introduced in 108 trains, can order on IRCTC website
  • To expand water vending machines on more stations
  • On-board entertainment facility could be extended on Shatabdi trains
  • Mobile charging stations will be introduced general class coaches

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Other Highlights of Railway Budget.

  • Feasibility report of high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad expected by mid-2015
  • Wagon-making scheme to be reviewed to make it easier for private investment
  • To improve cleanliness & design of bed linen
  • All India 24×7 grievances helpline 138 to start soon
  • 7,000 more toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets, New toilets at 650 stations, more  vaccum toilets
  • Passenger travelling unreserved  can procure a ticket within 5 minutes
  • Mobile application to address complaints of people is also being developed
  • Introduction of integrated ticketing will be done
  • Hand-held devices for ticket checkers for moving towards paperless ticketing
  • CCTVs to be introduced in select trains and suburban trains for women safety
  • Online application for all recruitment process
  • Projects for rail connectivity to many ports and mines
  • To monetise assets rather than sell them
  • To set up full-fledged Railway University in FY16