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Highlights: India Railway Budget 2009

PM says Mamata has done a commendable job
No increase in freight rates
No increase in passenger fares
Tatkal charges go down, booking time reduced from 5 days to 2 days
Unreserved ticketing systems to be expanded from 5,000 to 8,000 terminals
Janta khana (peoples’ food) to be provided in railway stations
Committee under Sam Pitroda to commercialise railways’ optic fibre network
ATMs on 200 mid and small sized stations
Aim for 1300 km gauge conversion by 2010
Madrasa students included in concession scheme
To set-up North Eastern development funds
Ladies special trains to be introduced in Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi
Kolkata Metro to be expanded
Increased Budgetary support by Rs 5000 crores
AC ‘Yuva’ trains at Rs 299 and Rs 399 to be introduced
Press correspondents to get 50% concession
To launch 57 new trains
Non-stop AC ‘Turant’ trains to connect major metros
Rs 25 ticket for those with monthly salary under Rs 1500 under the ‘Izzat scheme’
Ladies special trains during peak hours
A new scheme called ‘Izzat’ to be introduced
To use Railway Land Bank for industrial development
To set up a new coach factory in Kanchrapara
Computerised tickets from post offices
3000 more unreserved ticketing terminals
At least one doctor on long distance train
Railways to set up cold storage cargoes
Mega logistics hubs in Eastern and Western corridor
Launch of premium faster parcel services in three routes
Aim to fulfill SC/ST backlog in jobs
18,000 wagons to be acquired by FY 2010
Railway hospitals to be upgraded
Commando battalion to be raised for security purposes
Integrated security schemes for 130 vulnerable stations
Railway recruitment board to be reviewed shortly
7 nursing colleges to be set up on railway land
Environmental friendly toilets on trains
49 stations of religious importance to be upgraded
Automatic vending machines to be set up at stations
Women commandoes to employed for the security of women passengers
High-capacity double decker AC coaches on the cards
Automatic vending vans to be set up to make ticketing easy
Computerised ticketing from post offices
SMS update on waitlisted tickets
Tickets can be bought from Post Offices
Automatic train information systems on major cities
Specially designed coaches, escalators and elevators for the physically challenged
Depute doctors on long distance trains
Book stores, PCOs to be set up across stations
Infotainment services on Rajhandi and Shatabdi trains
To take the Private-Public partnership route to develop stations
Priority for food and water on trains
Developing multi-functional complexes at stations
Priority to passenger amenities
Rail projects shouldn’t be gauged by economic viability but governed by social viability: Mamata
To set up panel for financing unvaiilable rail projects
Develop 50 stations as world class stations
Improvement of trains amenities
Railways is trying to keep up with change
Committed to the cause of the underpreviliged.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee begins her speech in Parliament.

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