Rail Budget 2016-17: Live Updates

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Rail Budget 2016-17:  Live Updates

13:12 Conclusion of Railway Budget: “I intend to go all the way and we will not rest till we take Bharatiya Rail to a destination called samridhi or success,” concludes Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.

13:11: will provide 2 months internship to the Engineering and MBA students: Prabhu

13:10 The Gangmen will be provided with wireless enabled devices to be called as “Rakshak” for intimating about approaching trains.

13:09 We will work on water harvesting programs.

13:08 Mission Raftaar

13:06 Mission Zero Accident – To reduce accidents and collisions

13:05 Introducing 7 missions to transform Railways

13:03 E-catering services will be increased from 40 stations now to over 400 stations

13:02 Railway for Startups:  Rs 50 crore to fund startups by railway employees

13:01 I am inviting FM Stations to adorn Railways with entertainment: Suresh Prabhu

13:00 Goal is to generate 15-20% revenues from non-tariff sources over next 5 years.

12:59 Porters will be trained in soft skills and to be called  “Sahayaks” and not “coolies”: Prabhu

12:58 Air Pollution will be checked at Delhi’s Ring Railway System

13:02 Aastha Circuit Trains will be launched to connect pilgrims.

Rail Budget 2016-17

12:57 Railway to install a centralized network of 20, 000 screens on 2,000 stations.

12:56: will introduce India’s First Auto Hub in Chennai to capture automobile traffic

12:55  Railways to introduce Utkrisht double-decker air-conditioned Yatri (Uday) express with increased carrying capacity of almost 40%

12:54 By rationalizing power management, we are aiming to save Rs. 3000 crore

12:53 Railway will introduce unreserved travel coaches

12:52 World’s 1st bio-vacuum toilet developed by Railways being used in Dibrugarh Rajdhani

12:51 Railway is going to initiate “Clean My Coach: – a service through sms.

12:50 Big Promise: I will convert all the operational halts to commercial halts for the benefits of passengers who couldn’t board earlier.

12:49: All stations will be kept under CCTV surveillance

12:48 2-4 Deen Dayalu coaches in long distant trains will be added

12:47 We will enable cancellation facility through the helpline number 139.

12:46 We will implement wi-0fi at 100 stations this year

12:45 Braille-enabled train wagons implemented for differently-abled people12:44 Barcoded tickets will be issued

12:43 Budget for Women: Baby food, hot water, kids meal will be provided especially for mothers travelling with infants.

12:42 “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas” is not the only slogan for us: Suresh Prabhu

12:41 introduced 1780 automatic ticket vending machines, mobile apps, cashless tickets for the passengers.

12:40 Prabhu announced the 3 projects:

  1. Hamsafar: fully Air Controlled third AC services with optional meal services 
  2. Tejas: will be operating at 130 kmph with on- board services such as entertainment, local cuisines, wi-fi, etc.
  3. Uday

12:38 Customer is our Brand Embassador: Suresh Prabhu

12:32 We have used social media to bring revolutions in Railway System by introducing paperless work, safety apps, etc. 

12:31: We have beautified our stations with the local art and paintings.12:30 For senior citizens and women, we are increasing the quota by 20%.

12:29: After Agartala, Mizoram and Manipur will be ur priority for better connectivity

12:28 Safety of passengers especially women is our prime focus.

12:27 We have set up a dedicated IVR system to get direct feedbacks from the passengers.

12:26: The common man has always been the focus of all the plans: Suresh Prabhu

12:25 Will electrify 2000 km by next year: Prabhu

12:24 Connect entire north-east region – Prabhu

12:23 Make in India:  We will set up 2 factories which boost employment opportunities worth 14 Crore by 2018-19 for the entire eastern region.

12:21 We are expecting to generate revenue of Rs. 1.84 lakh crore: Suresh Prabhu

12:19 Railway wants to spend Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next 5 years for its infrastructure.

12:17 Rs. 1.20 lakh crore will be the capital for the Railway expenses.

12:15 Railway has saved Rs. 8,720 crore from previous Budget estimates

12:12 Aims is to generate revenue of Rs 1.8 lakh crore in 2016-17; 10% higher than the previous year.

12:09 3 Pillars of Strategy: Raise new revenues, Raise productivity and efficiency and Revamp the processes.

12:07 Will make PM Modi’s vision happen that is to make Indian Railway the Backbone of India.

12:05 “This Railway Budget is a budget that reflects the aspirations of common people”: Suresh Prabhu. He started his spoeech.

11:59 Suresh Prabhu reached the Parliament.

11:12  Suresh Prabhu reaches Rail Bhawan. He will present his second Rail Budget at noon.