Feb 26, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RAILWAY BUDGET - 2013-14


Fares and Freight


  • No hike in passenger fares

  • Proposal for setting up of Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority formulated and at inter-ministerial consultation stage

  • Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013

  • Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased

  • Enhanced reservation fee abolished


e-Ticketing


  • ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services.

  • Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.

  • e-ticketing through mobile phones.

  • Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.

  • Covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System.

  • Next-Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now & 1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now.

Railway Budget 2013 Highlights: No hike in passenger fares, but travel cost to go up

Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday announced while presenting the Rail Budget 2013-14 in Lok Sabha that passenger fares would not be hiked any further this year. Bansal stressed on safety and announced that a next generation e-ticketing system would be in place by the end of this calendar year.

Bansal is the first Congress minister in 17 years to present the Rail Budget.

Cash-strapped Railways had effected an across the board 21 percent passenger fare hike in January this year, aiming to mop up an additional revenue of Rs 6,600 crore.
Source - zeenews

Rail Budget 2013: Soon, book railway tickets from mobile phones



NEW DELHI: Given the 'overwhelming response' to the Indian Railways website, railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday announced a project that will allow passengers to book railway tickets from their mobile phones. Bansal also announced an SMS alerts' system for passengers which will provide updates on reservation status.

In his Rail Budget 2013 speech, Bansal said, "As a follow up to overwhelming response to the Indian Railways website and integrated train inquiry service under 193, a project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status is being rolled out shortly."

Bansal said that there will be a provision of covering large number of trains under real time information system whereby rail users will be able to access information through nominated websites and mobile phones.

Noting that congestion on the IRCTC website causes inordinate delay in accessing the system for e-ticketing, Bansal announced that by the end of this calendar year Railways will put in place a next generation e-ticketing system. "This will bring about a paradigm shift in internet rail ticketing by significantly improving the end user experience with respect to ease of use, response time as well as capacity," he said.

The system shall be able to support 7200 tickets per minute as against 2000 tickets per minute today, he added. Bansal further went on to say that the system will support 1,20,000 simultaneous users at any point in time against the present capacity of 40,000 users. It will have the capability to easily scale up as demand increases in future. "The system will make use of advance fraud control and security management tools thereby further improving transparency in sale of tickets," Bansal explained.

"I plan to roll out a more efficient and people sensitive railway service system. Some of the measures initiated or put are extending availability of the facility of internet booking from 12:30 AM to 11:30 PM, making e-ticketing possible through mobile phones," Bansal said in his maiden railway budget speech.

Pawan Kumar Bansal started his speech with the usual homage to Congress leaders. He is the first Congress railway minister in nearly 17 years and expectations are high from his Rail Budget speech. "Howsoever high a flight may be, we must remain connected to the ground," he said.

Bansal had in January hiked railway fares across the board for the first time in a decade. The decision had met with widespread political criticism.

India's Railway Minister with his Budget



NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 25: Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal poses for a photo while giving final touches to the Railway Budget 2013-14 on the eve of its presentation in Parliament, at Rail Bhavan on February 25, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)


Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal poses with a folder containing this year's Railway Budget, to be tabled tomorrow in Parliament, at his office in New Delhi on February 25, 2013. The railway, the country's largest employer with some 1.4 million people on its payroll, runs 11,000 passenger and freight trains and carries 19 million people daily. (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal poses with a folder containing this year's Railway Budget, to be tabled tomorrow in Parliament, at his office in New Delhi on February 25, 2013. The railway, the country's largest employer with some 1.4 million people on its payroll, runs 11,000 passenger and freight trains and carries 19 million people daily.(Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)


NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 25: Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal poses for a photo while giving final touches to the Railway Budget 2013-14 on the eve of its presentation in Parliament, at Rail Bhavan on February 25, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)


NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 25: Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal poses for a photo while giving final touches to the Railway Budget 2013-14 on the eve of its presentation in Parliament, at Rail Bhavan on February 25, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)


NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 25: Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal poses for a photo while giving final touches to the Railway Budget 2013-14 on the eve of its presentation in Parliament, at Rail Bhavan on February 25, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)


NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 25: Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal poses for a photo while giving final touches to the Railway Budget 2013-14 on the eve of its presentation in Parliament, at Rail Bhavan on February 25, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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