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After completing 161 years of service, Indian Railway finally gets a budget to revive itself . With the promise of  Bullet Train,  Semi- Bullet Trains, AC Express Trains, Jansdharan Trains etc. The Railway misnister DV. S. Gowda is set to bring the country’s heart line in an express mode. IN08_RAIL_1989609f

Today’s Railway Budget almost catered to all the needs of the people, specially going deep into cleanliness it is announced that 50 big station’s cleaning department will be given out to private companies. 10 Railway Stations are proposed to be build like Airports as to where amenities are concerned .

The big announcement of Golden Quadrilateral High Speed Train Connectivity was also announced. It is expected to come up in a PPP model. Bullet Train between Mumbai- Ahmedabad too got a final nod from the Railway Minister Today. The project will cost Rs. 60,000 cr. Time frame for the project is not announced but it is expected to come up before 2019 General Elections.

 

Following are the announcements made in the Railway Budget 2014.

  • Railway Budget proposes to introduce 58 new trains which includes five Jansadharan Trains, five Premium Trains, six AC Express Trains, 27 Express Trains, eight Passenger Trains, two MEMU service, five DEMU services and extends the run of 11 existing trains this year.
  • To provide foot over bridges, lifts, escalators and battery operated carts service for the physically disabled in all the Major Stations.
  • Bullet train proposed on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. Setting up Diamond Quadrilateral Network of high-speed trains connecting major metros and growth centers.
  • Outsourcing of cleaning department in 50 major stations.
  • Better Laundry service for bedrolls in AC coaches.
  • Facility of save and clean RO drinking water.
  • Online booking facility of Railway Retiring Room will be extended to all the stations during the course of the year. Also from now you will be able to book general and platform tickets online.
  • A next generation railway website which will be able to accommodate 7200 transactions per minute.
  • Onboard housekeeping service will be extended to all trains.
  • Use of CCTV’s at stations to monitor cleanliness activities will be installed.
  • Third Party Audits will also be introduced in railways from this year.
  • Indian Railways also proposes to set up Food Courts at major stations to provide the option of ordering regional cuisine while onboard, through emails, SMS and Smart Phones, etc.
  • Launching feedback service through IVRS on the quality of food.
  • Recruitment of 4000 women RPF constables, in order to strengthen the security.
  • A provision of Rs 1,785 crore has been earmarked for railway overbridges and underbridges.
  • WI-FI at major stations and trains.

 

 

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