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Rail Budget 2016: No passenger fare hike announced

The Rail Budget 2016 is expected to focus on massive capacity creation with an increased plan outlay of about Rs 1.25 lakh crore.

Rail Budget 2016-17

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Highlight77:No passenger fare hike announced#

Highlight76:Suresh Prabhu has proposed developing suburban systems of Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Chennai by deploying innovative financing mechanisms#

Highlight75:Nothing new in Rail Budget 2016,except for bio vaccum toilets, but I don't know how succesful it will be, says former Rail Minister Pawan Bansal#

Highlight74:1,780 automatic ticket vending machines, mobile apps and GoIndia smartcard announced#

Highlight73:Railway Board to be re-organised#

Highlight72:Direct procurement of diesel to help save Rs 1,500 crore in 2016-17#

Highlight71:Humsafar Express, fully air-conditioned third AC service with an optional service for meals to be introduced#

Highlight70:Time-table freight container train to be run on pilot basis#

Highlight69:Porters to not be called "coolies" but be called "sahayaks" now; will be trained in soft skills#

Highlight68:Broad gauge line building target at 7 km/day#

Highlight67:Railways to borrow Rs 18,580 crore in 2016-17 fiscal#

Highlight66:World's first Bio-vacuum toilet developed by Indian Railways is being used in Bibrugarh Rajdhani express#

Highlight65:Railways to commission wi-fi services at 100 stations in 2016#

Highlight64:All stations will be brought under CCTV surveillance#

Highlight63:Ticket cancellation facility through 139 helpline#

Highlight62:Now, clean my coach service via SMS, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight61:Railways added more escalators and lifts and reserved middle bays in coaches for women security#

Highlight60:Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, superfast train, for common man to be operated on densely populated routes#

Highlight59:Suresh Prabhu ends his Rail Budget speech#

Highlight58:E-booking ticket facility on the concessional passes available to journalists CCTV coverage at all tatkaal counters, Vikalp - a new scheme which will be introduced#

Highlight57:Retiring room to be booked on hourly basis by passenger in transit#

Highlight56:20,000 display screens across 2,000 stations for better dissemination of information to passenger#

Highlight55:We hope to generate revenue to the order of Rs 1,84,820 crore, says Prabhu#

Highlight54:Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be spent over 5 years for modernization of railway infrastructure#

Highlight53:Logistics and warehouse parks to be created on PPP mode#

Highlight52:Battery operated cars and paid porters service for specially abled people#

Highlight51:Railways to introduce overnight double-decker trains on the busiest roots#

Highlight50:Retiring room to be booked on hourly basis by passenger in transit#

Highlight49:We will introduce separate toilets for "divyaang" people, says Prabhu#

Highlight48:33 per cent reservation to women in reserved quota in Railways will be introduced#

Highlight47:Baby food at stations, child menu on all trains#

Highlight46:Railways to increase lower berth quota for senior citizens by 50 per cent#

Highlight45:Fully unreserved superfast trains coming on heavy traffic routes, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight44:Bar-coded tickets to be introduced at select stations on pilot basis#

Highlight43:Railway safety record is better this year than previous years but much more needs to be done, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight42:Ticket cancellation via phone calls soon, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight41:E-ticketing supports 1.2 lakh concurrent users now, says Prabhu#

Highlight40:Prabhu proposes 44 new rail projects#

Highlight39:400 railway stations to be renovated under PPP model#

Highlight38:Railways will commission 2,800 km of new tracks in next year#

Highlight37:Railways to shift to completely paperless contract system in 2016-17, says minister#

Highlight36:2000 km rail route to be electrified in 2016-17#

Highlight35:Railways to receive Rs 40,000-cr budgetary support from govt#

Highlight34:Outlay for railway electrification increased by 50 per cent; 2,000-km route to be electrified next fiscal#

Highlight33:Rs 30,000 crore is the loss on subsidising passenger fares, says Railway Minister#

Highlight32:Three dedicated freight corridors put on high priority#

Highlight31:LIC has agreed to fund Rs 1.5 lakh crore this year#

Highlight30:This year's investment will be double the average of last year, a feat never achieved before, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight29:Budget reflects aspirations of common citizens, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight28:Suresh Prabhu presents his second Railway Budget#

Highlight27:Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to present Rail Budget shortly#

Highlight26:Railway-related stocks fall ahead of Suresh Prabhu's speech# 

Highlight25:Suresh Prabhu may announce plans for upgrade of toilets at rail premises and placing dustbins in every coach#

Highlight24:Improvement in passenger amenities and better interiors would also figure in the budgetary proposals#

Highlight23:Efforts are on to generate revenue for railways through non-tariff sources like advertising, commercialisation of surplus land#

Highlight22:Trains may also get new colour schemes to make the Indian Railways look more rejuvenated and lively#

Highlight21:Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Rail Bhawan#

Highlight20:A scheme for high speed parcel train may also be unveiled#

Highlight19:Bogies of Shatabdi Express are likely to be replaced by the ones used in semi-high speed trains#

Highlight18:Passenger safety and increased revenues have been looked into in Railway Budget, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight17:Have fulfilled every point mentioned in last year's Railway Budget, says Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight16:All trains may see an extra general coach added to them in which passengers can travel with a general ticket, without any reservation#

Highlight15:Around 400 stations may be announced as green stations#

Highlight14:Special fares with higher fares likely to be announced#

Highlight13:Four new dedicated freight corridors are likely to be added to the rail network#

Highlight12:There is little room for increasing freight tariffs#

Highlight11:Suresh Prabhu gives final touches to Budget document#

Highlight10:Indian Railways should be made disabled-friendly, says NGO#

Highlight9:Rail Budget will cater to the needs of all "satisfactorily" as a lot of effort has gone into its preparation, said Suresh Prabhu#

Highlight8:Progress and expansion of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) rollout and expansion of high speed network is expected#

Highlight7:Railways have earned Rs 136,079.26 cr as against the target of Rs 141,416.05 cr during Apr-Jan period, a decline of 3.77%#

Highlight6:The Budget is expected to focus on massive capacity creation with an increased plan outlay of about Rs 1.25 lakh crore#

Highlight5:Suresh Prabhu faces a stiff dilemma on whether to raise fares and freight rates as railway finances come under tremendous strain#

Highlight4:Prabhu said the resources are "constantly dwindling" as freight and passenger fares are not being decided in optimum manner#

Highlight3:Commuters and activists are hoping Prabhu pays attention to improve safety on the suburban network#

Highlight2:On the Rail Budget eve, a group of transport activists on highlighted the issue of alarming rise in number of passenger deaths#

Highlight1:Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to present Rail Budget 2016 in few hours from now#

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