Highlights Of The Railway Budget-2016 Announced By Suresh Prabhu
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today announced the 2nd Railway budget in his tenure. He announced a capital plan of Rs. 1,21,000 crore for 2016-17. The important highlights of the budget are: 1. No hike in railway fares. 2. Introduction of Antyodaya Express which will only have unreserved tickets and will be a superfast service. 3. Introduction of Deen Dayulu coaches with unreserved coaches which will have drinking water and a higher number of mobile charging points 4. 33% sub-quota for women under all reserved categories 5. Increase in the advertising revenue by more than four times this year. 6. To be able to cancel tickets booked by calling the 139 helpline and using an OTP that will be sent to your registered mobile number. 7. There will be Wi-Fi at 100 stations this year and 400 next year. 8. SMART (Specially Modified Aesthetic Refreshing Travel) Coaches will have automatic doors, bar-code readers, bio-vacuum toilets, water-level indicators, accessible dustbins, ergonomic seating, improved aesthetics, vending machines, entertainment screens and a public announcement system. 9. To minimize the financial loss to passengers from untoward incidents, Railways is working with insurance companies to offer optional travel insurance for rail journeys at the time of booking. 10. All stations being redeveloped will be made accessible for differently abled and wheelchairs will be made available in sufficient numbers at all major stations. 11. IRCTC will be extending e-catering services from existing 45 large stations to all 408 ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ class stations. It will also explore the possibility of making mandatory catering services optional in trains. 12. Information boards in trains that will state the on-board services in the train and also GPS-based digital displays inside coaches that will give real-time information on upcoming stations.
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