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Highlights of Rail Budget 2012-13

Let’s take a look on the new rail budget 2012-2013 prepared by the railway minister Dinesh Trivedi:

  • Passenger fares to be hiked from 2 paise to 30 paise depending upon the travel classes.
  • Platform tickets to cost Rs 5.
  • 75 new Express trains to be introduced, 21 new passenger services, 9 DEMU services and 8 MEMU services trains.
  • Route of 39 trains to be extended and frequency of 23 trains to be increased.
  • 1 lakh employees to be hired in 2012-13
  • Maintenance like airports
  • Green (bio) toilets to be introduced.
  • All unmanned level crossings to be abolished in next five years to target zero deaths.
  • A new line from Agartala to Akura in Bangladesh to be set up.
  • Double-decker container trains to be introduced.
  • New passenger services include escalators at major stations; alternative train accommodation for wait-listed passengers, laundry services, AC lounges, coin/currency operated ticket vending machines.
  • On board passenger displays indicating next halt station and expected arrival time to be introduced.
  • Introduction of regional cuisine; Book-a-meal scheme to provide meals through SMS or email.
  • Specially designed coaches for differently-abled persons in each Mail/Express trains.
  • Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority to be considered.
  • Institution of ‘Rail Khel Ratna’ Award for 10 rail sportspersons every year.
  • Freight loading of 1,025 MT targeted; 55 MT more than 2011—12; Passenger growth targeted at 5.4 per cent.
  • Gross rail traffic targeted to increase by Rs 28,635 crore to Rs 1,32,552 crore in 2012—13.
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