Railway Budget 2012 – Highlights

               UNION RAILWAY BUDGET 2012-13 – HIGHLIGHTS

Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi presented his maiden Railway Budget in Lok Sabha on 14th March with a clear focus on safety and security of the passengers and railway properties. He has announced a fare hike across all categories, including the Sleeper Class and AC Tiers.

This is the first time in 10 years, the Railways has increased the passenger fares, saying it was inevitable becuase of the losses and lack of budgetary support from the Centre. The platform ticket will now cost Rs 5 instead of Rs 3.

The second class fares have been hiked by 2 paisa per km, while the AC Chair Class tickets will cost 3 paisa per km more. The sleeper class tickets will cost 5 paisa per km more. The AC First Class, Tier 2, Tier 3 tickets will cost 20 paisa, 15 paisa and 10 paisa per km respectively.

“I am grateful to the ‘Maa’, ‘Maanush’ and ‘Maati’ (Mother, People and Motherland), he said before presenting the Railway Budget. Dinesh Trivedi attempted to modernise the Indian Railways with a great vision. He also introduced 75 new Express Trains and 21 Passenger Trains this year.

“Safety is main concern and sole emphasis. I am not satisfied with the existing safety standards. I plan to remove all unmanned level  crossings in India in the next five years. We will set up an independent Railway Authority,” he said.

  Listen what saying poet Dinesh Trivedi in Lok Sabha

Anil Kakodkar will head the Railway Safety Committee, while Sam Pitroda will head the Railway Modernisation Panel. The Railway  Minister termed the budgetary support for Railways by the Centre as “inadequate”, but said the Railways will hire one lakh employees  in 2012-13.

Following are the prominent highlights of the railway budget for 2012-13 presented in the Lok Sabha on 14 March by Railway Minister  Dinesh Trivedi:

Vision & Objective:

Main Focus on Safety and Security
Will set up Independent Railway Safety Authority
Setting up Railway Research and Development Council
Need Budgetary Support of Rs 5 lakh crore
Rs 2.5 lakh crore budgetary support under 12th Plan
Rs 5.6 lakh crore for railway modernisation
487 Projects of Rs one lakh crore Pending, Need urgent funding
Need the operating ratio at 74% by 2016-17 from the existing 95%
All unmanned Level Crossing to be Abolished in 5 Years
Railways needs Rs 14 lakh crore in the next 10 years
Will implement Kakodkar Panel Recommendations on Safety
Need a sustainable financial model for modernisation
Railways to be strengthened in North-East and Border Areas
Anil Kakodkar to head the Railway Safety Committee
Sam Pitroda will head the Rail Modernisation Panel
Need more railway tracks
Target at Zero Deaths
Indian Railways Fare Hike in 2012
Indian Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi announced to increase the ticket amounts for the
following categories:
Railways Fare Hike for major routes in  the country
      Mumbai – Delhi RS 420 RS 210 RS 140 RS 70
      Mumbai – Bangalore RS 300 RS 150 RS 100 RS 50
      Mumbai -Kolkata RS 600 RS 300 RS 300 RS 100
      Mumbai – Chennai RS 400 RS 200 RS 133 RS 65
      Delhi – Kolkata RS 440 RS 220 RS 145 RS 70
      Delhi – Bangalore RS 620 RS 310 RS 205 RS 100
      Delhi – Chennai RS 630 RS 315 RS 210 RS 105
      Kolkata – Chennai RS 500 RS 250 RS 170 RS 85
      Kolkata – Bangalore RS 560 RS 280 RS 190 RS 95
      Bangalore – Chennai RS 100 RS 50 RS 35 RS 20
Plan & Expenditure:
Plan Outlay of Rs.60,100 crore during 2012-13, the highest ever.
Targeting freight carriage of 1,025 million tonnes to bring in Rs.89,339 crore;
Passenger earnings estimated at Rs.36,073 crore.
Gross receipts estimated at Rs.1.32 lakh crore.
Total Market Borrowing for Railways in 2012-13 to be Rs 65,000 crore
30% of plan outlay will be spent on modernisation of signal system
New line projects to get Rs.6,870 crore in 2012-13.
Rs 3,000 crore loan extended by the Centre for Safety Needs
Capacity augmentation to get Rs.4,410 crore during 2012-13.
Electrification to be undertaken over 6,500 km at an allocation of Rs.8,000 crore during 12th Plan.
World Bank funding of Rs.6,500 crore firmed up for dedicated freight corridors; land acquired for 
   3,300 km; first contracts to be handed out during 2012-13.
Railways should contribute 2 percent of GDP from the present 1 percent.
Aim to bring down operating ratio from 90 percent to 84.9 percent in 2012-13 and to 72 percent
  by 2016-17.
New Trains / Services announced in Railway Budget 2012-13

New passenger services: 820 new items; 75 new express trains; 21 new passenger trains; 
  75 new services in Mumbai suburban system. (Click Here to see complete list of new trains)
160-kmph will be standard speed for all trains
Signalling to be improved over 19,000 km.
Automatic Signal Warning System to be modernised
Newer locomotives and wagons to be introduced
Rs 39,110 crore to upgrade the signal system
100 Railway Stations to be developed like Airports
Need Indian Railways to grow at 10% Annually
Logistics Corp for Freight Services
Train Protection Warning system to be adopted
European Automatic Signal System to be introduced
3,000 km of signalling system to stop red light jumping
Coach Complex & Terminal in Navi Mumbai
Railway Ward named after Bankim Chandra Chattopaddhy
GRP/RPF personnel deployed on 3,500 trains.
Longest Tunnel through Pir Panjal Range at 11km
Special Guru Parikrama Trains on Amritsar, Nanded and Patna routes
Upgradation of stations will be done by public-private partnership
114 new line surveys to be carried out
825 km of gauge conversions will be carried out
85 new line projects to be introduced at Rs 6,872 crore
45 new routes with 700km tracks to be introduced
6,500 kms to be electrified, including Udhampur-Baramullah route
Passenger earning to go up by Rs 28,360 crore
Number of rail passengers to go up by 5.4 %
Mumbai gets 1,500 new EMU Coaches
Coach Maintenance facilities in Navi Mumbai
700 km of Double Tracking in 2013
Specialized Hygiene, Housekeeping bodies to be set up
Dedicated railway design wing at National Institute of Design with a contribution of Rs.10 crore.
Amenities for the differently-abled to be introduced
One coach in each train will be for differently-abled
To integrate RPF helpline with all passenger helplines
Alternate accommodation for wait-listed passengers
Reputed global agencies to be hired for catering
Need green toilets instead of open discharging ones
2,500 coaches to be equipped with green toilets
Travel distance under ‘Izzat Scheme’ to increase from 100 kms to 150 kms
All Arjuna Awardees can travel free on Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express trains including other trains
Patients suffering from  ‘Aplastic Anaemia’ and ‘Sickle Cell Anaemia’ will get
  50% concession in fare in AC-2, AC-3, Chair Car &  Sleeper classes
On board passenger displays indicating next halt station and expected arrival time to be introduced
SMS on passenger mobile phone in case of e-ticket to be accepted as proof of valid reservatio
One lakh Railways recruitment in 2012-13
Satellite-based real time info (GPS) on trains from next year
Funds for Pasenger Amenities nearly doubled
No default on payment by Railways
Rail Khel Ratna Award for 10 railways’ sportspersons every year
Wellness programmes for Railway staff
To minimise human error, res period for gangmen 

New plants and manufacturing facilities announced in Railway Budget 2012
Wagon Factory in Sitapalli in Ganjam District of Odisha
Rail Traction Factory in Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh
Rae Bareli coach factory is ready for rolling
Rail Coach Factory in Palakkad in Kerala
Four new Railway Coaching Institutes to come up
Setting up of AC Executive lounges at important stations
Setting up of 72 MW capacity windmill plants in Andhra Pradesh, 
  Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal
Rail Coach Factories in Kutch region of Gujarat and Kolar in Karnataka
Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation to be set up Rs 4,410 crore
Delhi-Jodhpur High Speed Corridors
Rail Connectivity between Bilaspur and Nepal
Agartala (Tripura) – Akhaura (Bangladesh) rail link
Upgradation of 929 stations as Adarsh Stations including 84 stations proposed in 2012-13;
  490 stations have been completed so far.
Installation of 321 escalators at important stations of which 50 will be commissioned in 2012-13
Three ‘Safety Villages’ to be set up at Bengaluru, Kharagpur and Lucknow for skill development 
  for disaster management.
31 projects of over 5,000 km across the country being implemented

Finally…i would like to request you all the readers to support Indian railways at your best.
             Don’t travel without paying rail fares.        
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Full name - Narender Jangra      Location - India    Qualification - MCA

One Response to Railway Budget 2012 – Highlights

  1. Laxman P says:

    This budget is friendly to all and takes some environmental safety precautions as well.New trains are announced.Even though slight increase in fares,it remains constant for another 10 years is the key point to make.
    I think trains have more demand in some areas and are to be scheduled right away. Useful information as well..From Laxman P

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