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Highlights of Rail Budget 2015-16 Part II

Written By Winston Bensford on Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 10:32 AM

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* Prepared a forward-looking agenda
* Railway an integral part of PM's flagship programmes
* Aim to make Railways financially self-sustainable
* Railway is a unique integrator of India
* Budget part of trilogy of vision to improve railways
* Plan Vision 2030 document later this year
* Preparing action plan for rail safety
* Railway Budget proposals be seen as part of 5-year plan
* Improvement of connectivity an imperative
* Aim to make railways a safer means of travel
* Working on feasible views of over 20,000 in social media
* Legacy of past decades to take some time to neutralise
* Railways has to transform in next five years
* Convinced can deliver on promises of efficient railways
* Focus on doubling, tripling existing high-density network
* To up capacity in high density network a priority next 5 yrs
* To set standards for governance, transparency
* Need to make changes to speed up operational efficiency
* Need tighter control on costs
* Pension funds have shown interest in investing in railways
* Need to revamp management practices
* To partner with PSUs to transport coal, iron, cement
* Plan tie-up with multilateral, bilateral bodies for overseas tech
* Railways to partner pvt sector for last mile connectivity
* Aim 30 million daily passenger-carrying capacity in next 5 yrs
* Need material improvement in operating capacity
* Plan project to cut unreserved ticket buying time to 5 minute
* Hand-held terminal to be given to ticketing personnel
* Defence personnel won't need 'warrant' for rail travel
* To have water vending machines in most stations
* To introduce debit card-operated ticket machines
* To launch multi-lingual e-ticket portal
* Unreserved passengers can book tickets in 5 minutes
* To utilise funds from Nirbhaya Fund for women safety
* To launch pan-India automatic freight rebate scheme
* Setting up perishable cargo centre at Azadpur mandi
* To review wagon leasing plan over next 3 months
* To develop air cargo sector
* To set up Transport Logistic Corp of India to handle freight
* Committed to faster railway connectivity in J&K
* Invite state govts, municipal bodies to partner with us
* Invite states, local bodies for station development
* Need to expand network capacity
* To create divisional committees chaired by MPs
* To digitally integrate vendors along Digital India plan
* To improve project selection, appraisal mechanism
* To modify present accounting system
* Propose working group to track expenditure
* To launch EPC system for rail projects contracts
* Plan system audit over next 2 months
* Freight rules to be simplified
* To set up JV with PSUs for new lines
* To launch foreign rail tech plan to achieve better quality
* To take up Mumbai Urban Transport Plan-III for suburban rail
* JVs with states for land acquisition, project implementation
* To launch foreign railway technology co-operation scheme
* To set up JV with states for land acquisition
* To upgrade 10 goods sheds
* To revamp existing PPP cell to make it more result-oriented
* To explore mechanised track maintenance


* Formed rail, science, HRD min consortium for tech upgrade
* To introduce bar-coded freight tracking
* To set up railway research centres in four universities
* To set up tech portal for innovative solutions
* Loading density to be raised on all routes to 22.82 tn
* To have train anti-collision system on select routes
* Commodity-specific carriers planned
* Sanctioned Rs 65.81 billion for over, under-bridges next FY
* 5-year corporate safety plan to be ready by June
* Radio-based signal design project to be taken up
* Aim to remove all un-manned level crossings
* To conduct study on spare capacity usage
* Commissioning of rail factories to be reviewed
* Working on high-speed rail in Diamond Quadrilateral
* Studies to be undertaken for Golden Quadrilateral rail line
* Speed of 9 railway corridors to be hiked
* To maximise loading in freight train to up to 22.82 tn
* Aim to make Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai journey overnight
* Average speed of freight trains to be enhanced
* Inter-metro train speeds to be enhanced
* Propose to start automatic freight rebate scheme across India
* Rs 1-trillion invest 2015-19 in station revamp, logistic parks
* To invest Rs 50 billion over 2015-19 for IT, research
* Electrification included in Rs 1.93-trillion invest in 2015-19
* Freight rate hikes also on 10% increase in Base Class-100
* Most freight rate changes due to revised classification
* To invest Rs 1.99 trillion over 2015-19 to decongest network
* To invest Rs 1.93 trillion for network expansion 2015-19
* Freight rate for LPG to go up by avg 0.8%
* Freight rate for kerosene to go up by avg 0.8%
* Elevated corridors part of Rs 650 billion investment 2015-19
* Freight rate for groundnut oil to go up by avg 2.1%
* Freight rate for diesel to go down by avg 1%
* To invest Rs 650 billion 2015-19 for high speed trains
* Freight rate for domestic iron ore to go up by avg 0.8%
* Limestone, manganese ore freight rate to go dn by avg 0.3%
* To invest 1.27 trillion rupees 2015-19 for enhancing safety
* Freight rate for urea to go up by average 10%
* Freight rate for grains, pulses to go up by average 10%
* To invest Rs 1.02 trillion 2015-19 for rolling stock
* Freight rate for iron, steel to go up by average 0.8%
* Some freight rates to go up
* Freight rate for coal to go up by average 6.3%
* Freight rate for cement to go up by average 2.7%
* Freight rate for cement to go up by 2.7%
* To review speed restriction soon
* Freight structure for Base Class-100 hiked by 10%
* Net reduction in FY16 gross traffic receipt Rs 9.17 billion
* IRCTC working on special travel scheme Kisan Yatra
* To give coaches on revenue share basis for select tour spots
* Review of new train svcs on, to be announced soon
* To give coaches on revenue share basis to travel agencies
* To offer some coaches to travel agents on revenue share basis
* Konkan Railway aims to create 50,000 jobs
* E-procurement to be extended to all departments
* 1,000 MW solar plant to be set up on railway land
* Plan to launch 100 more CNG-based DEMU in northern railway
* LNG-based locomotives under development
* To set up recycling plants at major water consumption centres
* Energy audit being worked out for energy saving
* To launch mission for water harvesting
* To enhance sourcing of solar power
* Will save Rs 30 billion via new power procurement plan
* To save Rs 30 billion from open power sourcing in few yrs
* Coastal connectivity project invest seen Rs 20 billion
* To procure power via open bidding process
* Detailed energy audit being worked out
* Launching coastal connectivity project
* To procure power via open bidding process
* To start repair work on staff quarters, RPF barracks
* To set up full-fledged railway university FY16
* Revamping scrap disposal to earn more from them
* To mobilise Rs 20 billion investment for costal connectivity
* To have ERP-based HR system
* Plan rail connectivity to Dighi, Rewas ports
* To launch Rs 25 billion BOT annuity projects
* Plan coastal connectivity project in partnership with ports
* Drawing up comprehensive policy for advertising potential
* Plan JVs of IRFC with NBFCs, PSUs for long-term financing
* To set up infra fund, JV with IRFC for long-term funding
* To partner with pvt cos to modernise station infrastructure
* To partner with pvt cos to expand fleet of rolling stock
* Aim to further decentralise, deregulate decision making
* Delegated store, work tender decisions to general managers
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