Feb 26, 2015

Mobile Phone Charging Facilities to be Provided in General Class Coaches

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has said that Indian Railways’ Delhi Division is taking up a project for introducing on-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains on license fee basis. He said,depending on the response, the facility will be extended on all Shatabdi trains. 

Presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today Shri Prabhu said, Mobile phone charging facilities would be provided in general class coaches and the number of charging facilities would be increased in sleeper class coaches. 

SOURCE - PIB

Railways Intends to set up a Working Group to Modify the Present System of Accounting

Railways to Digitally Integrate Vendors Through Vendor Interface Management System
The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has informed that the Railways intends to set up a working group to modify the present system of accounting, to ensure tracking of expenditure to desired outcomes. Introducing the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today he said that Railways have limited resources and thus must ensure that all public expenditure results in an optimal outcome. The data on costing would be available online including costs incurred on constructing, augmenting, maintaining and operating railway lines. This would also help in undertaking post commissioning evaluation studies.

He informed the members that Railways proposes to have the train operations audited with a view to increasing productivity and bringing in transparency.

Railways is also proposing to expand paperless working in our material management system. In line with focus on ease of doing business, it will digitally integrate our vendors through Vendor Interface Management System to provide single window interface to vendors.

SOURCE - PIB

Train Protection Warning System & Train Collision Avoidance System on Select Routes Railways Enhances Its Safety Measures

Train Protection Warning System & Train Collision Avoidance System on Select Routes

Railways Enhances Its Safety Measures
The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced that Railways proposes to install Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System on select routes at the earliest. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today, he informed the members that to prevent fire in coaches and also prevent coaches from climbing over each other during accidents, RDSO has been asked to develop new systems.

The Railway Minister informed the members that to curb derailments, modern track structure consisting of sleepers and heavier rails are being used while carrying out primary track renewals. Better welding techniques would also be promoted. Further, analogue machines for testing of rails are being replaced with digital type machines, which are more reliable.

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Size of Plan Budget of Railways up by 52% Railways to Set up Financial Cell to Seek Advice from Experts

The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced that the size of the Plan Budget has gone up by 52% from Rs. 65,798 crore in 2014- 15 to Rs. 1,00,011 crore in 2015-16. Support from the Central Government constitutes 41.6% of the total Plan Budget and Internal generation 17.8 %. Introducing the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today he said that in view of the fact that it would be a challenging task to initiate the mobilization of extra-budgetary resources, it is proposed to set up a Financing Cell in the Railway Board, which would seek the benefit of advice from experts in this field. 

The Railways Minister informed the members that for financing remunerative projects through market borrowings, it is intended to tap low cost long term funds from insurance and pension funds, multi-lateral and bilateral agencies which can be serviced through incremental revenues. Railways will create new vehicles to crowd in investment from long-term institutional investors and other partners. These may include setting up an infrastructure fund, a holding company and a Joint Venture with an existing NBFC of a PSU with IRFC, for raising long term debt from domestic as well as overseas sources, including multilateral and bilateral financial institutions that have expressed keen interest in working closely with Railways in this endeavor. Railways will monetize its assets rather than sell them, he added.

SOURCE - PIB

Railways Intends to set up an Innovation Council Called “Kayakalp” for Purpose of Business Re-Engineering

Railways Proposes to set up ‘Malaviya Chair’ for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), Varanasi
The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced the Railways intends to set up an innovation council called “Kayakalp” for the purpose of business re-engineering and introducing a spirit of innovation in Railways in accordance with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister for Innovation, Technology Development and Manufacturing. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today he opined that every dynamic and thriving organization needs to innovate and re-invent its practices.

The Railway Minister informed the members that Government of India has conferred Bharat Ratna on Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and to mark the centenary celebrations of Banaras Hindu University, Railways proposes to set up ‘Malaviya Chair’ for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), Varanasi. This Chair will help in development of new materials to be used in all assets of Railways.

Railways have decided to strengthen the RDSO into an organization of excellence for applied research. RDSO would collaborate with institutions of repute. Railways will set up in 2015-16 four Railway Research Centers in select universities for doing fundamental research.

The Railways Minister stressed on the need to invest in fundamental and applied research for seeking solutions to rail-specific issues. Railways intends to set up a technology portal to invite innovative technological solutions.

He informed the members that a consortium of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Science And Technology and Industries on an Investment Sharing Model is being set up as part of Technology Mission for Indian Railways to take up identified Railway projects for research.

SOURCE - PIB

Railways to Digitize Mapping of Land Records to Counter Encroachment of Railways Land

Railways for a Comprehensive Policy to Tap Latent Advertising Potential
The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has said that encroachment on the Railway Land is a serious issue and to counter this, digitized mapping of land records has been initiated and responsibility will be fixed on officials for any encroachments. Presenting Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today he dwelt upon the resource mobilization by Railways.

He informed the members that Railways is drawing up a comprehensive policy to tap the latent advertising potential. The new strategy would harness all avenues including offering stations and trains for corporate branding. It is launching a Coastal Connectivity Program this year where Railways in partnership with the concerned ports will deliver rail connectivity to Nargol, Chharra, Dighi, Rewas and Tuna. This programme is expected to mobilize investments of approximately Rs 2000 crore. It proposes to launch projects worth Rs 2500 crore through BOT/ Annuity route. These include Wardha- Nagpur 3rd line, Kazipet-Vijaywada 3rd line, Bhadrak –Nargundi 3rd line and Bhuj- Nalia Gauge Conversion.

The Minister also informed that a Scrap disposal policy of the Indian Railways will be reviewed for speedier scrap disposal.

SOURCE - PIB

Design, Quality and Cleanliness of Bed Linen to be Improved

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has said that the Railways will launch a programme to improve design, quality and cleanliness of bed linen within the next six months. He said, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi has been approached for designing bed linen. Presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today Shri Prabhu said, additionally, the facility of online booking of disposable bedrolls at select stations is being extended to all passengers through the IRCTC portal on payment basis. The Railways will also increase the number of mechanized laundries, the Minister added.

SOURCE - PIB

Railways Proposes to Set up Joint Ventures with states and Major Public Sector Companies

The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced the proposal to set up joint ventures with States for focused project development, resource mobilization, land acquisition, project implementation and monitoring of critical rail projects. Introducing the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today, he informed the members that most of them have conveyed their acceptance to this proposal. The expansion of railway network to remote and backward areas serves as an engine for growth and brings overall socio economic development in the region. 

The Railway Minister has also announced the proposal to set up Joint Ventures (JVs) with major public sector companies who are Railways customers for meeting their requirements of new lines. Such focused execution of works will ensure faster completion and ultimately provide the much needed path for them to transport their produce and at the same time generate revenues for Railways.

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Finance Ministry to Provide Budgetary Support of Rs 40,000 Crore for the Railway’s Annual Plan

The Railway Minister has said that the Ministry of Finance has communicated a Gross Budgetary Support of Rs. 40,000 crore for the Railway’s annual Plan. Presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said Rs. 1,645.60 crore has also been provided as Railway’s share of diesel cess from the Central Road Fund. He said Market borrowing under EBR is projected at Rs. 17,655 crore, an increase of about 46.5% (Rs 5,609 crore) over RE 2014-15. Balance Plan outlay includes Rs. 17,793 crore from Internal Resources and Rs.5781 crore from PPP. The Minister informed the Parliament that large amounts have been allocated towards Doubling, Traffic Facilities, Electrification and Passenger Amenities. 

The Minister said Railways has proposed a Plan outlay of Rs. 1,00,011 crore, an increase of 52% over RE 2014-15. Shri Prabhu said it is anticipated that the Plan size will get higher once resources from institutional bodies are formalized during the course of the ensuing financial year. 

Railways to Work on ‘Swachh Rail - Swachh Bharat’

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has said that ensuring higher standards of cleanliness is of utmost priority for Indian Railways. He said, his Ministry wants to make Swachh Rail the driving force behind the Government’s flagship programme ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. Presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16in Parliament today Shri Prabhu said, the Railways now works on – ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat’. Outlining the proposals on cleanliness he said, the Railways proposes to create a new department for keeping stations and trains clean. Integrated cleaning will be taken up as a specialized activity, which will include engaging professional agencies and also training staff in the latest cleaning practices. He said, Railways plans to set up ‘waste to energy’ conversion plants near major coaching terminals to dispose waste in an environment-friendly manner. One pilot plant will be set up, to begin with, followed by more plants in a phased manner. 

MUTP III for Mumbai to be Taken Up

The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced the proposal to take up MUTP III for Mumbai. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today he said that the suburban rail networks are the lifeline for metro cities of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. To meet growing demand there is an urgent need for integrated transport solutions. The Ministry of Railways will work with all states towards this end.

SOURCE - PIB

Seventy Seven New Railway Projects

Worth Rs. 96,182 Crore Sanctioned
While last mile connectivity projects continue to be accorded the highest priority, the Railways intend to fast track the sanctioned works on 7,000 kms of double/third/fourth lines and commission 1200 km in 2015-16 at an investment of Rs. 8686 crore. Presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said this budgetary allotment under Capital is 84% higher than 2014-15. He said, “We also intend commissioning 800 km of gauge conversion. Additionally, we have sanctioned 77 projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works along with their electrification at a total cost of Rs. 96,182 crore which is over 2700% higher in terms of amount sanctioned in 2013-14, 2014-15 being a Plan holiday”.

The Minister said the priority for undertaking projects has been determined by a designated committee for capacity enhancement, revenue generation and decongestion. He said negotiations are on with financial institutions for funding of these projects through extra budgetary resources. These projects cover almost all States, the Minister added.

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Foreign Rail Technology Co-Operation Scheme Proposed to be Launched

The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced the proposal to launch “Foreign Rail Technology Cooperation Scheme” in order to achieve the higher quality service for our nation. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in Parliament today he said that Technology intensive and complex projects like speed raising and station redevelopment require lot of handholding by a specialized agency in terms of preparatory work, exploring technology options and managing bid processes. Indian Railways have signed in the past MOUs for technical cooperation with number of foreign railways or their entities.
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Nine Major Thrust Areas in the Railway Budget 2015-16

        The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu while presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament today has said that there are nine thrust areas in this Budget which are as follows:

1.      Indian Railways to become prime mover of economy once again
2.      Resource Mobilization for higher Investments
3.      Decongestion of heavy haul routes and speeding up of trains: emphasis on gauge conversion, doubling, tripling and electrification
4.      Project delivery
5.      Passenger Amenities.
6.      Safety
7.      Transparency & System Improvement.
8.      Railways to continue to be the preferred mode of transport for the masses.
9.      Sustainability.

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Railway Minister Outlines Four Goals for Transforming Indian Railways over next Five Years

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has outlined four goals for Indian Railways to transform it over the next five years. These goals are:

a) To deliver a sustained and measurable improvement in customer experience, the Indian Railways is launching initiatives that will systematically address customer concerns about cleanliness, comfort, accessibility, service quality and speed of trains.

b) To make Rail a safer means of travel.

c) To expand Bhartiya Rail’s capacity substantially and to modernise infrastructure. Given the importance of rail travel for the citizens, Indian Railways will increase daily passenger carrying capacity from 21million to 30 million. It will also increase track length by 20% from 1,14,000 km to 1,38,000 km, and will grow its annual freight carrying capacity from 1 billion to 1.5 billion tonnes. And

No hike in Railway Passenger Fares

Plan Outlay proposed Rs. 1,00,011 crore, increased by 52%

Allocation for passenger amenities up by 67%
Railways to become prime mover of Indian Economy, Five years action plan proposed

Rail Budget seeks resource mobilization for higher investment

Thrust on measurable and sustainable improvement in passenger experience and to make Rail a safer means of travel

Hot buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets within 5 minutes, e-catering to select meals from an array of choices

200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme; Wi - Fi to be provided at B category stations

24X7 helplines for attending passenger problems and security related complaints

For the safety of women passengers surveillance cameras in suburban coaches

More General class coaches will be added in identified trains.

The speed of nine railway corridors will be increased to 160 and 200 kmph

Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System to be installed on select routes

77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works proposed

A new department for keeping stations and trains clean under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan



Railway Budget presented today in Parliament proposed measures to make Indian Railways prime mover of Indian Economy once again. It seeks resource mobilization for higher investment, decongestion of heavy haul routes and speeding of trains and project delivery, better passenger amenities and safety, and to make railways a preferred mode of transport for masses. Presenting the Budget in Parliament, Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that all critical initiatives proposed will be pursued in mission mode.

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13:14 pm: Kisan Yatra- a special travel scheme for farmers finds mention in Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu's speech
13:13 pm: Skill development and self employment to be encouraged on Konkan Railway mode: RM
13:12 pm: Four Railway Research Centres to start in four universities: RM
13:12 pm: 100 DEMUs to be converted to dual fuels: RM
13:10 pm: Investment in Indian Railways is an investment in our future, sustainability says Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu.
13:10 pm: Making efforts to get noise levels of locos to international standards: RM
13:10 pm: Water recycling plants to be set up after a water audit: RM
13:09 pm: 1000MV Solar plants to be set-up by developers on Railway Pvt. Land and on railway building at own cost: RM
13:08 pm: To impart soft skills to our staff we intend to impart regular training to our staff: RM
13:08 pm: We have set up an environment directive in Railway Board: RM
13:07 pm: Yoga training will be given to railway guards: RM
13:07 pm: Monetisation of Railway resources rather than selling assets will be the focus: RM
13:06 pm: Rs.2000 cr for Coastal Connectivity Program; Rs.2500 cr through BOT/Annuity route. 1000 MWSolar plant; 100DEMUs to dual fuel: RM
13:05 pm: Process and procedures simplified to prevent delays; internal audit of systems
13:05 pm: Encroachment on Railway land a serious issue, digitized mapping of land has been initiated to counter this: RM
13:05 pm: Digitised mapping of Railway land has begun to check encorachment: RM
13:05 pm: Plan size increased by 52%; 41.6% GBS; 17.8% internal generation: RM

13:04 pm: Financing Cell to be set up to increase revenue: Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu
13:02 pm: Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu proposes systems audit for entire Railways in next few months
13:01 pm: Decentralise, deregulate and delegate to make freight business simpler: RM
13:01 pm: JV with major public sector companies for meeting requirements of new lines: RM
13:00 pm: Will set up ‘Kayakalp’ to help in Technology Upgradation: RM
13:00 pm: Framework to facilitate pvt investment has been readied; MUTP-III, JV with states,PSUs: RM
12:59 pm: PPP cell to be revamped to make it result oriented & a new Model Concession Agreement will be launched: RM
12:58 pm: Propose to move from preventive to predictive maintenance of Railways: RM
12:56 pm: We intend to introduce technology portal to invite innovative technological solutions: RM
12:55 pm: Corporate safety Plans; ISRO to be involved; 3438 level Xings to be eliminated, Rly expense increased by 2600% :RM
12:54 pm: Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu proposes PPP cooperation for end-to-end logistics management at select stations
12:54 pm: Feasibility study for High Speed Rail between Mumbai and Ahmadabad is in advanced stage and is expected by mid-year: RM
12:53 pm: Safety is of paramount importance: RM
12:53 pm: For high-speed trains on other routes on the diamond quadrilateral studies, being commisioned :RM

Great Expectations From Minister Suresh Prabhu in Rail Budget Today

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present his first Rail Budget today amid huge expectations of major reforms. The chartered accountant turned politician may lay the roadmap for attracting private investment in railways in a bid to raise more funds for project completions and infrastructure expansion.


Here are some of the expectations from Railway Budget:


1) Mr Prabhu has said the railways need $100 billion or Rs. 6 lakh crore in funding over the next 3-4 years. It is expected to get a mere Rs. 50,000 crore as budgetary support from the Central government. The rest has to come from external source of funding, either through foreign direct investment or public-private participation.

2) The railway minister is expected to cut down bureaucracy and red tape in railways to attract investments. Partial privatisation of goods and passenger trains could be announced. A minimum return assurance will also help boost private investment in railways, analysts say. Railways can also monetise some of its land assets.

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