Railway Budget 2011 – Highlights

                                                                                                                                                With highest ever allocation of             
                                                                                                                                                   Rs.57,630 crore ($13 bn),  Union 
                                                                                                                                                       Railway Minister Mamata           
                                                                                                                                                         Banerjee presented the Rail 
                                                                                                                                                         Budget for the financial year
                                                                                                                                                        2011-12, on 25th February 2011
                                                                                                                                                      in the Parliament House,  promising 
                                                                                                                                                 to move fast to build a railroad
                                                                                                       infratructure while addressing the needs of the common man.
dressing                                                                                         The big question for every Rail budget is whether the Ticket
                                                                                                       prices will be increased or not – And the ansewer is NO. Not
                                                                                                       only the fares are not increased, in some cases they are even
  decreased. Like, booking charges for A/C as well as non-A/C seats will be reduced by 50 per cent. Eighty nine new
  mail/express train services have been  announced in the Railway Budget for the FY2011-12. The 2011 railway budget aims at
  increasing the production  of wagons, coaches and locos, gauge conversion  and doubling of tracks and laying of 1000 km of
  railway tracks. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had her eyes firmly on  the West Bengal assembly election when she
  presented the Railway Budget 2011-12 in Parliament. For the third successive year, the Railway Minister refused to increase
  passenger fares and freight rates even as she announced many projects for her home state West Bengal. Some major
  higihlights of Railway Budget 2011-12 are given here in this post.

• No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.

New Super AC Class to be introduced.

All India Security Help line on a single number set up.

Senior citizen concessions for women start at age 58 instead of 60.

Senior Citizens concession to be hiked from 30 % to 40 %.

• Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways.

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.

PPPs with major universities to modernise Railways.

 • 2011-12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways.

47 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 50 new suburban services proposed 
    for Kolkata.

Feasibility study to raise speed of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph to be undertaken.

1300 km new lines, 867 km doubling of lines and 1017 km gauge conversion
     targeted in 2011-12.
18,000 Wagons to be procured during 2011-12.







• Rs. 9,583 crore provided for new lines.

GPS Based ‘Fog Safe’ Device to be deployed.

All unmanned level crossing upto 3000 to be eliminated.

Anti Collision Devise (ACD) sanctioned to cover 8 zonal railways.

700 MW gas-based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra.

All state capitals in the North-East except Sikkim to be connected by Rail in next
   seven years.

Additional mechanized laundry units to be set up at Nagpur, Chandhigarh and Bhopal.

Concession to physically handicapped persons to be extended on Rajdhani and 
   Shatabdi trains.

Mamata plans to raise Rs 10,000 crore from tax-free bonds.

56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.







A separate sports cadre to be created.

10,000 shelters to be created  for the poors by indian railway

Concession of 50% to press correspondents with family increased to twice a year.

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.

Mamata promises railway jobs for 16,000 ex-servicemen

20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up.

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.

New plants and manufacturing facilities announced in Railway Budget 2011

To set up a coach factory in Palaghat

To set up a metro coach factory in Singur

To set up a diesel locomotive centre in Manipur

To set up two more wagon unit at Kerela

To set up a bridge factory in Jammu and Kashmir

To set up an industrial park in at New Bongaigon, Nandigram

To set up a coach factory in Kolar via Public Private Partnership (PPP) or Joint Venture (JV)

Finally…i would like to request you all the readers to support Indian railways at your best. Don’t travel without paying rail fares.                                                                               Source : Budget Speech                        Post created by – Narender Jangra

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Full name - Narender Jangra      Location - India    Qualification - MCA

One Response to Railway Budget 2011 – Highlights

  1. Manjula.N. says:

    Pl send me the notifiction in respect of railway concession for women over and above 58 years

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