Railway Budget 2013-14: Highlights


Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal presents his maiden budget in Parliament. This year's railway budget concentrated more on amenities and improving quality of existing services provided by Railways. 

Highlights of the Union Rail Budget 2013-14:

1) 67 new express trains to be introduced; 27 passenger trains, 8 DEMUs

2) SMS and mail service to be started for complaints against hygiene issues and utilities in the coach and railway platform 

3) 24*7 helpline number for security of women to be started

4) 72 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata

5) Indian Railway Institute for Financial Management to be set up at Secunderabad to train railway officers on a regular basis

6) 47,000 vacancies in Railways for weaker sections and physically challenged to be filled up soon

7) New train Azadi Express to be started specially for youngsters to places of significance in relation to the freedom struggle

8) Special A/C coaches 'Anubhuti' to be introduced in select Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains to give excellent ambience with commensurate fare

9) Free Wi-Fi facility to be provided in select trains

10) The new e-ticketing system will be able to bear the load of simultaneous login of 1,00,000 users. The present capacity stands at 40,000

11) New e-ticketing system to be put in place, new interface to be able to book over 7000 tickets in a minute

12) Twelfth Plan railway size to be Rs 5.19 lakh crore, with gross budgetary support of Rs 1.94 lakh crore

13) New AC double-decker trains and semi high-speed trains running at 160-200 kmph for inter-city travel

14) Ten per cent reservation for women in Railway Protection Force (RPF)

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