Feb 12, 2014

RAIL BUDGET 2014 - HIGHLIGHTS


No Increase in Passenger Fares and Freight

Outlay of Rs 64,305 Crore Proposed for Rail Budget with A Budgetary Support of Rs 30,223 Crore

17 New Premium Trains, 38 Express Trains and 10 Passenger Trains Proposed

Surveys For 19 New Lines and Doubling of 5 Tracks to be Taken Up

Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh to be on Railway Map

No Unmanned Level Crossing Left with the Elimination of 5,400 Unmanned Crossings

To Prevent Fire Incidents Portable Fire-Extinguishers in Coaches and Induction Based Cooking Introduced in Pantry Cars

Feasibility Study for High Speed Trains in Mumbai-Ahmedabad Corridor and Semi High Speed Projects to Taken Up on Select Routes

More Bio-Toilets in Trains and Green Curtains Along the Track Close to Major Stations

Independent Rail Tariff Authority Set-Up to Advice on Fares and Freight

Loading Target Raised to 1,052 Million Tonne and Freight Earnings Target Revised to Rs 94,000 Crore


No increase in rail fare and freight has been proposed in the Interim Rail Budget for 2014-15. Presenting the Budget in Parliament today, the Minister of Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge announced 72 new trains, extension of three trains and increase in frequency of three trains. The Minister announced that there will be no more unmanned crossings. A Rail Tariff Authority has also been announced. A number of measures for safety and security of passengers like portable fire-extinguishers in coaches and induction based cooking in pantry car have been proposed in the Budget.

The Budget presented today envisages investment of Rs. 64,305 crore as against Revised Estimates for 2013-14 of Rs. 59,359 crore. Anticipating a healthier growth of economy, the freight traffic target is proposed at 1,101 million tonnes, an increment of 49.7 million tonnes over the current years’ revised target of about 1052 million tonnes. The Gross Traffic Receipts have been projected at Rs. 1,60,775 crore . Working Expenses have been proposed at Rs. 1,10,649 crore, which is Rs. 13,589 crore higher than the Revised Estimates for the current year.

Highlighting the passenger friendly initiatives of Indian Railways, the Minister said the success of e-booking of tickets has surpassed all expectations, and now train movements can also be tracked online to find the exact location and running. Besides, 51 Jan-Ahaar outlets for sale of Janta Meals have been set up; 48 passenger escalators have been commissioned at railway stations and 61 more are being installed and air-conditioned EMU services will commence in Mumbai area by July 2014. 

Railways Minister announced that Itanagar, capital of Arunanchal Pradesh will soon be on rail map in this financial year, as Harmuti-Naharlagun line is expected to be commissioned shortly. The state of Meghalaya is also all set to come on the Railway map in this financial year, as Dudhnoi – Mehendipathar line is getting completed by March 2014.

Briefing about Railways efforts for moderation of its network Sh. Kharge said a joint Feasibility Study for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed corridor, started in December 2013, will be completed in 18 months. Besides the High Speed project, Indian Railways also intend to explore low cost options for raising speeds to 160-200 kmph on existing select routes like Delhi-Agra and Delhi-Chandigarh.

The Minister said that Investment in Railways is being stepped up by partnership with the private sector. PPP projects related to rolling stock manufacturing units, modernisation of railway stations, multi-functional complexes, logistics parks, private freight terminal, freight train operations, liberalised wagon investment schemes and Dedicated Freight Corridors are in the pipeline. Apart from attracting private investments from domestic investors in rail sector, a proposal is under consideration of the Government to enable Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to foster creation of world class rail infrastructure.

Reiterating Railways’ commitment or safety and security of passengers the Minister said several measures have been and are being taken for its further strengthening. Manning or elimination of all unmanned level crossings has been taken up and planning for induction of indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and provision of Vigilance Control Device (VCD) in all electric and diesel locomotives is being introduced. He said that a Comprehensive Fire and Smoke Detection System is on trial on two rakes of Rajdhani Express trains. This will be extended to all major passenger trains. Provision of portable fire extinguishers in AC coaches, Guard-cum-luggage break vans, pantry cars and locomotives. Introduction of electrical induction based cooking appliances in replacement of LPG in pantries is being taken up.

With a view to improving aesthetic ambience along the track close to the approach of major stations, the Railways Minister announced creation of ‘Green Curtains’ at Agra and Jaipur stations on pilot basis. He said that bio-toilets have been introduced in about 2,500 coaches. It is proposed to increase the coverage progressively.

Railways Minister said given the promising trend of loading, the target has been scaled up to about 1052 million tonnes from the budget target of 1047 million tonnes and freight earnings targets revised to Rs 94,000 crore. He announced that an independent Rail Tariff Authority is being set-up to advise the Government on fixing of fares and freight. 
SOURCE -  PIB

Rail Budget: Waitlisted passengers to get automatic SMS alert

Railway Minister Mallikharjun Kharge in his Interim Railway Budget 2014-15 said that waitlisted passengers will get automatic PNR status update once their tickets get confirmed. File photo




Giving importance to the role of information technology in rail operation, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday spelt out a series of steps including SMS alert and online booking of meals in trains in the interim Rail Budget 2014-15.

“IT has revolutionised our customer interface over the last few years. We intend to continue the process,” he said in the Lok Sabha.

He announced several initiatives such as proliferation of cash accepting Automatic Ticket Vending Machines and ticketing on mobile phones in the unreserved segment.

As per the budget proposal, waitlisted passengers will get automatic PNR status update once their tickets get confirmed.

Train running information system will be installed at rail premises to facilitate dissemination of information about trains on real time basis.

Online booking of meals on trains for selected enroute stations and introduction of electronic transmission of railway receipts for freight customers has been ensured.

Mr. Kharge also announced computerisation of claims settlement process.
SOURCE - THE HINDU

Use of Information Technology in Railways



Information Technology has revolutionized the Railways customer interface over the last few years and will continue.

Some of the initiatives that would be taken are -


· proliferation of cash accepting Automatic Ticket Vending Machines;

· Ticketing on mobile phones in the unreserved segment;

· PNR status update to passengers through system generated SMS;

· an update for train running information; Online booking of retiring rooms at all important stations;

· Online booking of meals on trains for selected en-route stations;

· Introduction of e-forwarding note and electronic transmission of railway receipts for freight customers, which will enable users to carry out freight business with Railways from the comfort of their homes and offices; and

· Computerisation of claims settlement process on Indian Railways.




SOURCE - PIB

RAIL BUDGET - Surveys for Ninteen New Lines Proposed



Surveys for nineteen new lines will be taken up during 2014-15. Surveys for doubling the five existing lines will also be taken up during the year.

New Lines


i. Tiptur – Dudda

ii. Nimach – Singoli - Kota

iii. Dahod – Modasa

iv. Karad – Kadegaon – Lenare – Kharsundi – Attapadi – Diganchi – Mahud - Pandharpur

v. Etah – Aligarh

vi. Karnal – Yamuna Nagar via Asandih

vii. Extension of Tindivanam – Nagari new line up to Puducherry

viii. Challekere – Hiriyur – Huliyur – Chikkanayakanahalli – KB Cross – Turuvekere -Channarayanpatna

ix. Betul – Chandur Bazar - Amravati

x. Chakia – Kesariya (Kaithwalia)

xi. Miraj – Kavathemahankal – Jath - Bijapur

xii. Pune – Baramati via Saswad, Jejuri, Moregaon

xiii. Etawah – Auraiya – Bhognipur – Ghatampur – Jahanabad – Bakewar – Bindki Road

xiv. Haldaur – Dhampur

xv. Belgaum – Hubli via Kitturu

xvi. Pune – Ahmednagar via Kegdaon Kasti

xvii. Bellary – Lingasugur via Siruguppa, Sindhanur

xviii. Ghatanandur – Shrigonda Road / Daund via Kaij, Manjarsumbha, Patoda and Jamkhed

xix. Birari – Mahatoni – Marwara – Mandanpur – Dhamoni - Sagar


Doubling


i. Latur Road – Kurduwadi

ii. Pune – Kolhapur

iii. Allahabad – Pratapgarh

iv. Salem – Omalur

v. Prabhani – Parli

Source - PIB



RAIL BUDGET - Seventy Three New Trains Introduced


73 new trains are being introduced which includes 17 Premium trains, 39 Express trains, 10 Passenger trains, 4 MEMU and 3 DEMU in this year’s Interim Railway Budget. Three trains will be extended and frequency of same number of trains will be increased.

Premium Trains:

i. Howrah – Pune AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Nagpur, Manmad


ii. Kamakhya – New Delhi AC Express (Weekly) via Chhapra, Varanasi


iii. Kamakhya – Chennai AC Express (Weekly) via Malda, Howrah


iv. Mumbai – Howrah AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Nagpur, Raipur


v. Mumbai – Patna AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Khandwa, Itarsi, Manikpur


vi. Nizamuddin – Madgaon AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Kota, Vasai Road


vii. Sealdah –Jodhpur AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Mughalsarai


viii. Yesvantpur - Jaipur AC Express (Weekly) via Gulbarga, Pune, Vasai Road


ix. Ahmedabad – Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express (Tri-weekly) via Palanpur, Ajmer, Rewari


x. Bandra – Amritsar Express (Weekly) Via Kota, New Delhi, Ambala


xi. Bandra (T) – Katra Express (Weekly) via Kota, New Delhi, Ambala


xii. Gorakhpur – New Delhi Express (Bi-weekly) via Lucknow, Moradabad


xiii. Katra – Howrah Express (Weekly) Express via Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Saharanpur


xiv. Mumbai – Gorakhpur Express ( Bi-weekly) via Khandwa, Jhansi, Kanpur


xv. Patna– Bangalore Express (Weekly) via Mughalsarai, Chheoki, Manikpur, Nagpur


xvi. Yesvantpur – Katra Express (Weekly) via Gulbarga, Kacheguda, Nagpur, New Delhi


xvii. Thiruvananthpuram – Bangalore (Yesvantpur) Express (Bi- weekly) via Erode, Tirupattur


Express Trains :

i. Ahmedabad – Katra Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Jaipur, Rewari, Hisar, Bathinda, Amritsar


ii. Ahmedabad – Lucknow Jn Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Jaipur, Bandikui, Mathura, Kasganj


iii. Ahmedabad – Allahabad Express (Weekly) via Jalgaon, Khandwa, Itarsi, Satna, Manikpur


iv. Amritsar – Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Saharanpur, Moradabad, Sitapur Cantt.


v. Aurangabad – Renigunta Express (Weekly) via Parbhani, Bidar, Vikarabad


vi. Bangalore – Chennai Express (Daily) via Bangarpet, Jolarpettai


vii. Bandra (T) – Lucknow Jn Express (Weekly) via Kota, Mathura, Kasganj


viii. Bareilly – Bhopal Express (Weekly) via Chandausi, Aligarh, Tundla, Agra


ix. Bhavnagar – Bandra Express (Weekly) via Ahmedabad


x. Bhavnagar- Delhi Sarai Rohilla Link Express (Weekly)


xi. Gandhidham – Puri Express (Weekly)


xii. Gorakhpur – Pune Express (Weekly) via Lucknow, Kanpur, Bina, Manmad


xiii. Guntur-Kacheguda Double Decker Express (Bi-weekly);


xiv. Howrah – Yeswantpur AC Express (Weekly)via Bhubaneswar, Gudur, Katpadi


xv. Hubli – Mumbai Express (weekly) via Bijapur, Sholapur


xvi. Hyderabad – Gulbarga Intercity (Daily)


xvii. Jaipur – Chandigarh Intercity (Daily) via Jhajjar;


xviii. Kacheguda – Tirupati Double Decker Express (Bi Weekly);


xix. Kota – Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) via New Delhi, Ambala


xx. Kanpur – Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Kasganj, Mathura, Kota


xxi. Lucknow – Kathgodam Express (Tri-weekly)


xxii. Manduadih – Jabalpur Express (Weekly) via Allahabad, Manikpur, Satna


xxiii. Malda Town – Anand Vihar Express (Weekly) via Amethi & Rae Bareli;


xxiv. Mannargudi – Jodhpur Express (Weekly) via, Jaipur


xxv. Mumbai – Chennai Express (Weekly) via Pune, Gulbarga, Wadi


xxvi. Mumbai – Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Gonda, Balrampur, Barhani (after gauge conversion);


xxvii. Mumbai – Karmali AC Express (Weekly) via Roha


xxviii. Nanded – Aurangabad Express (Weekly) via Purna, Parbhani


xxix. Nagpur – Rewa Express (Weekly) via Satna


xxx. Nagercoil – Kacheguda Express (Weekly) via Karur, Namakkal, Salem


xxxi. Pune – Lucknow Express (Weekly) via Khandwa, Bhopal, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur


xxxii. Ramnagar – Chandigarh Express (Weekly) via Moradabad, Saharanpur


xxxiii. Ranchi – New Jalpaiguri Express (Weekly) via Jhajha, Katihar


xxxiv. Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam AC Express (Weekly) via Kazipeth, Vijaywada


xxxv. Santragachi – Anandvihar Express (Weekly)


xxxvi. Srigangnagar – Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) via Abohar, Bathinda, Dhuri


xxxvii. Thiruvananathapuram-Nizamuddin Express (Bi-weekly) one day via Kottayam and one day via Allepey


xxxviii. Varanasi – Mysore Express (Bi-weekly) via Wadi, Daund


xxxix. Balurghat – Howrah (Bi-Weekly)

Passenger trains :


i. Bina – Katni Passenger (Daily)


ii. Dekargaon – Naharlagun Passenger (Daily) after completion of new line


iii. Gunupur - Visakhapatnam Passenger (Daily)


iv. Hubli - Belgaum Fast Passenger (Daily)


v. Jaipur – Phulera Passenger (Daily)


vi. Mannargudi – Mayiladuthurai Passenger (Daily)


vii. Punalur – Kanniyakumari Passenger (Daily) via Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram


viii. Sambalpur – Bhawanipatna Passenger (Daily)


ix. Tatanagar – Chakulia Passenger (Daily)


x. Tiruchendur – Tirunelveli Passenger (Daily)

MEMU Trains :


i. Anand – Dakor (Daily 2 services)


ii. Anuppur-Ambikapur (6 days a week)


iii. Delhi – Rohtak Passenger (Daily 2 services)


iv. Santragachi – Jhargram (5 days a week)

DEMU Trains :


i. Morbi – Maliya Miyana


ii. Ratlam – Fatehabad Chandrawati Ganj (Daily) after gauge conversion


iii. Rewari – Rohtak (Daily)


Extension of Trains


i. 14705/14706 Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Sujangarh Express to Jodhpur


ii. 15281/15282 Patna – Saharsa Express to Murliganj


iii. 15013 / 15014 Kathgodam – Bhagat Ki Kothi Ranikhet Express to Jaisalmer

Increase in Frequency:


i. 16571/16572 Bidar – Yesvantpur Express 3 days to daily


ii. 17225/17226 Hubli – Vijayawada Express from 3 days to daily


iii. 17319/17320 Hubli – Secunderabad Express from 3 days to daily


SOURCE - PIB

CAG report raps railways - Indian Railways has lost revenue of about Rs 4,300 crore




Between 2008 and 2012, Indian Railways lost revenue of about Rs 4,300 crore due to failure to ensure proper documentation of transporting iron ore under the dual pricing system, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

In a report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, CAG said the railways lost revenue of Rs 2,487 crore on this account, according to an audit conducted between May 2008 and March 2012. This had also led to additional losses of Rs 1,796 crore in revenue during 2011-12, as reported by CAG in an previous report.

“The internal control system of the railways failed, as it had allowed the parties concerned to avail of the domestic rate (of transporting iron ore) without providing some essential and prescribed documents,” the report said.

Under the dual pricing system introduced in May-July 2008, the freight rate for transporting iron ore for non-domestic consumption was more than three times the fixed rate to transport coal for domestic consumption. The report said about Rs 15,500 crore was to be recovered as penalty and recovery from various iron export companies.

The report added South Eastern Railways had acknowledged freight evasion of Rs 1,876 crore.

It said lapses had occurred at all levels, including by the booking staff at loading-unloading points and commercial and account officers at the divisional and zonal levels. The “Railway Board failed to stipulate specific checks and balances for implementing their orders”, the report said.

The auditor said due to the “limited action” taken to remove bottlenecks that deterred the movement of traffic by shorter routes, the railways had incurred losses worth Rs 422.74 crore.

In January 2007, East Central Railways had purchased 219 acres of land for about Rs 140 crore, without “any clear cut decision on utilisation”, the report said. Of this, Rs 112 crore was raised through a loan that resulted in interest liability of Rs 8.8 crore, CAG said.

The report said 65 per cent of overhauled locomotives reported failure within three months of periodic overhauls. Detention of locomotives during unscheduled repairs, excess detention and other operational inefficiencies had led to a loss of Rs 733 crore, in terms of earning capacity wastage.
SOURCE - business-standard

Interim rail budget: Premium trains likely to be the highlight




No major announcements or tariff changes for freight or passenger segment likely to be announced

When Mallikarjun Kharge, the sixth railway minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's second term, presents an interim Railway Budget on Wednesday, it would be quiet different from his predecessor Lalu Prasad Yadav’s interim Budget in 2009.

No major announcements or tariff changes for freight or passenger segments are likely to be announced. Officials said premium trains on 37 identified routes were likely to be the highlight of his speech. Besides, keeping with the tradition, some new trains will also be announced.

Since the fuel adjustment component has already resulted in two hikes in freight and one hike in passenger fares, no further adjustments are expected to be made in the Budget. The UPA-II’s tenure would end with no major breakthrough in improving the financial health of the Railways. The operating ratio, which reflects the expenditure outgo incurred in earning revenue, may hover around 88 per cent, above the Budget target of 87.8 per cent, reflecting inefficiency in operations.

Although earnings and loading targets in freight might be achieved, the worry is the falling average lead per kilometre. The Budget target was set at 645 km and December registered a lead of 622 km. Lead is the average distance travelled by a commodity.

The Plan outlay due to less earnings and more expenditure is set to be cut by about Rs 5,000 crore. The earnings in December went down by Rs 5,000 crore because of lower passenger numbers and falling average lead in freight. Expenditure this year went up by about Rs 4,900 crore because of higher fuel bill.

Major public-private partnership (PPP) projects, which were the highlights of Railway Budget 2013-14, had failed to materialise. The Rs 21,000-crore Oval Maidan-Virar Rail Corridor project, too, has gone for a toss after the Maharashtra government raised objections to the design, arguing Mumbai Metro would go through the same route. After missing many deadlines, the locomotive factory projects in Marhowra and Madhepura have got Cabinet approval.

The Railways may also fall short of achieving its Budget target to get Rs 6,000 crore through the PPP route for total Plan outlay of about Rs 26,000 crore, according to senior Railway officials. Key projects in station modernisation, through the PPP route, are yet to attract investors.

Six out of the eight rail-based industry projects announced in the Budget have not seen any development. Senior Railway officials attribute this dismal performance to lack of funds. But the silver lining has been rail connectivity projects in the Northeast. The Ministry of Finance provided additional Rs 4,000 crore for these national projects to augment capacity in the infrastructure-starved Northeast. Also, the public sector undertakings of the Railways have performed well this year, with over 25 per cent year-over-year increase in the dividend to the Indian Railways.

With 100 per cent foreign direct investment expected to be permitted in the Railways, the biggest challenge in the coming year would be to engage with the private sector more widely in projects worth over Rs 2,25,000 crore.

In the seven months that Kharge has been the railway minister, no policy announcement for improving either the investment flow or the financial health of the railways were made. In fact, when the next railway minister assumes office this summers, he would face the daunting task of setting right the skewed railways finances and attracting the private sector for greater participation in railway projects.
Source - business-standard

Railway Minister likely to announce more trains, new lines in budget




New Delhi: Faced with a revenue shortfall, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge will not bring about reduction in basic passenger fares in the interim budget tomorrow but is likely to make adjustment in fuel adjustment component, so that impact on fares is minimum in an election year.

Mr Kharge is likely to announce more trains, new lines and better passenger amenities in the interim budget. Railway Ministry sources said it will be a growth-oriented budget and not a deficit one despite fall in earnings.

Freight and passenger earnings have shown a decline during the April-December 2013 period. While, freight earnings are short by about Rs. 850 crore the decrease in passenger revenue is about Rs.4000 crore.

However, Mr Kharge is likely to announce measures for better amenities and safety for passengers while at the same time undertaking steps to improve the fiscal position.

The announcement of running 20 premier trains on dynamic fares as a step to arrest the fall in passenger revenue is likely to be made.

In a bid to give passengers relief from the impending fare hike in April due to implementation of fuel adjustment component (FAC), Mr Kharge is also likely to make some adjustment in FAC so that impact on passenger fares is minimal.

The interim rail budget will also focus on electrification of more routes so that dependence on diesel is less.

Railways are likely to take up about 1500 km route for electrification in the next fiscal. Currently, only about 24,000 km is electrified out of the total 65,000 km route.

In his first budget presentation, Mr Kharge will talk about the progress and development work undertaken by the national transporter in the last ten years.

Since Lok Sabha elections are around the corner, there are demands from many zones and MPs for new trains and Mr Kharge has conceded to some demands. As a result, survey of new lines, extension and increase of frequency of certain train services are also to be announced in the vote-on-account statement.

The vote-on-account is likely to mention the expeditious work on coaching complex for maintenance facility at Gulberga.

On the mega project front, Mr Kharge will mention the speedy work on dedicated freight corridor and work sanction on the 66 km long Mughalsarai and Sonnagar link as part of the project.

Mr Kharge has expressed serious concern over falling revenue and categorically asked officials to undertake all possible steps to arrest the further fall in earnings in the recent General Managers meeting.

The minister is also likely to address the issue of fire mishaps in trains in the recent past by rolling out plans for anti-fire measures in certain important trains.

Besides, he is expected to focus on more passenger-friendly measures like installation of upgraded real-time train information system at stations and operation of automatic ticket vending machines at many stations.

The Railway Minister is likely to refrain from announcing any populist measures given the financial condition of the national transporter.

While, the working expenses have gone up by about Rs. 5,000 crore during April-December period, the revenue earnings have decreased by over Rs. 4,000 crore.

Though railways have set a target of reaching 38 per cent of total cargo traffic in the 12th Plan, the cargo share of railways is expected to fall by two to three per cent this year.
Source - NDTV

Railway minister Kharge to promise premium trains, possible fare cuts



Railway minister M Mallikarjun Kharge plans to hold out promises of a possible reduction in train fares while presenting the ministry’s vote on accounts in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Interim budget speeches of outgoing Railways ministers are usually silent on policy matters or mega projects. But Kharge intends to ask for financial provisioning for the construction of more than 500-km of new lines worth more than Rs. 3,500 crore, while announcing the launch of a 66-km corridor from Mughalsarai to Sonnagar on the Dedicated Freight Corridor project, sources said.

In what will be UPA-II’s last and Kharge’s first budget-related exercise in the run-up to the polls, notional concessions on passenger fares are likely to be offered by way of promises of further cross-subsidising passenger fares by reducing the Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) from possible earnings made by operating premier trains on the dynamic pricing formula.

Since January last year, the Railways started to levy the FAC on passenger fares to offset the annual fuel subsidy burden of Rs. 3300 crore.

“The railways minister can offer to reduce this financial burden on passengers by promising to make the rich passengers pay for the poor,” sources said.

“The railways minister, however, will not bring about any reduction in the basic passenger fares,” sources said. Late last year, the Railways introduced the dynamic system on one train on the Delhi-Mumbai route – with the experiment having shown encouraging results. Plans for the launch of 20 additional premier trains are likely to be announced by Kharge on routes connecting Mumbai-Amritsar; Pune-Howrah and Pune-Patna.

The railways minister will also seek funding approval for three new line projects in four politically important states including his home state of Karnataka. These include the 252.50 km long Gadag Wadi new line costing Rs. 1922.14 crore in the South Western Railways; the 97.17 km long Pir Painti-Jasidih like costing Rs.915.96 crore and the 165 Km line to connect Ajmer-Nasirabad and Sawai Madhopur at a cost of Rs. 873.71 crore in the North Western Railways.

New Line projects are usually not announced in interim budgets. “These projects are unlikely to create any controversy, since they were announced in earlier budgets”, an official said.
Source - .Hindustan times.

 

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