Railway budget: Four new categories of trains to be launched; no hike in fares

Railway budget: Four new categories of trains to be launched; no hike in fares

Submitted by rajiv on Thu, 2016-02-25 14:37 New Delhi: Four new categories of trains will be introduced by the Indian Railways, said Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget-2016 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The new trains have been named Humsafar, Tejas, Uday (Double-deckers) and Antyodaya. With Humsafar, Prabhu targets the middle class travellers. It will be an exclusively three-tiered AC train with optional meals. With the introduction of Tejas, Prabhu aims to answer to the Bullet train query as Tejas can achieve speed ranging up to 130kmph with quality on board facilities. The Uday (Double-deckers) have been introduced with the intention of increasing passenger capacity upto in railway services on busy routes. The trains will run overnight, along with connecting major cities across the country. And for the economically backward, Prabhu offered the Antyodaya superfast trains, having only unreserved coaches, which would focus on transporting the common man in a time-bound manner without costing much. Vision 2020 for IR Earlier, during his second budget speech, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu unveiled his ‘Vision 2020’ which aims to set new benchmarks for project execution. He said Vision 2020 included reserved accommodation on trains being available on demand; time-tabled freight trains with credible service commitments; high-end technology significantly improve safety record; elimination of all unmanned-level crossings. Besides these, it also stressed on increased punctuality to almost 95 percent; increased average speed of freight trains to 50 kmph and mail/express trains to 80 kmph; semi high-speed trains running along the golden quadrilateral; and zero direct discharge of human waste. Maintaining that the railways is making an unique attempt to combine cleanliness with creativity, the minister informed the House that the walls of many stations had been converted to murals, which have been converted to murals, and have not only improved the aesthetics but also spread awareness on socially relevant themes. Unveiling the 'Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat' programme of the railways, Prabhu said, "As many as 17,000 bio-toilets in trains and additional toilets at 475 stations will be provided before the close of this financial year." He informed the House that the world's first bio-vacuum toilet was developed by Indian railways and is being used in Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express. "A total of 74 more trains have been added under on-board housekeeping service and another 4000are to be covered soon, leading to a total number of almost 1,000 trains under the scheme," he added. Taking about the catering services, Prabhu said, "We are extending E-Catering services from existing 45 large stations to all 408 'A-1' and 'A' class stations. Besides, the railways is adding 10 more IRCTC-operated, mechanised sophisticated base kitchens to ensure fresh and hygienic supply of food on trains. (ANI) Highlights of the rail budget 1. No fare hike in passenger fares and freight rates.  2. World’s first bio-vacuum toilet developed by the Indian Railways is currently being used in Dibrugarh Rajdhani express. 3. Baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers. 4. Fully air-conditioned Humsafar to travel at 130-km per hour. 5. Overnight double-decker train Uday Express to be introduced on busy routes. 6. 400 stations to be re-developed through PPP. 7. 400 railway stations to be equipped with wifi this year. 8. "Coolies” to be called “sahayaks” from now on.