Railways Budget 2016

The main theme of the Budget 2016-17 was to Reorganise, Restructure and Rejuvenate Indian Railways.  with the main objectives being improving customer service, regaining the lost modal share, and introducing a new way of working by relooking the processes and structures.

Following are highlights of the Railway Budget for 2016-17, presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament:

  • No hike in passenger fares.
  • Operating ratio in 2016-17 92% from 90% in 2015-16.
  • Capital Expenditure in 2016-17 at Rs 1.21 lakh crore.
  • LIC to invest Rs 1.5 lakh crore over next five years.
  • Source of non-fare revenues include station redevelopment through¬†commercial exploitation of vacant land and space rights over station buildings, monetizing land along tracks, monetizing soft assets such as data, software and some of the free services such as PNR enquiry, e-commerce activities on IRCTC website
  • 2,500 km of broad guage line will be commissioned in 2016-17.
  • 400 stations will be upgraded through PPP route.
  • Action has been initiated on 139 budget announcements made last year.
  • Eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020.
  • Swacch Bharat: 17000 biotoilets and additional toilets in 475 stations before the close of this financial year.
  • Increased quota for senior citizens and women travellers this year.
  • Wifi at 100 stations this year and 400 stations next year.
  • Enhanced capacity of e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets/min to 7,200/min. Supporting 1.2 lakh concurrent users now, as opposed to 40,000 earlier.
  • All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner.
  • Deen Dayal coaches for long distance trains for unreserved passengers. These coaches will include potable water and higher number of mobile charging points.
  • Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, to be operated on dense routes.
  • Humsafar would be fully air-conditioned third AC service with an optional service for meals.
  • Tejas will showcase the future of train travel in India. Operating at speeds of 130 kmph and above, it will offer onboard entertainment, local cuisine, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Overnight double-decker, Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri (UDAY) Express on the busiest routes.
  • IRCTC to manage catering service in phased manner. Local cuisine of choice will be made available to passengers.
  • Cleaning of toilets by requests through SMS.
  • Children’s menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers.
  • GPS-based digital display in coaches for showing upcoming stations.
  • Will open cancellation facility through 139 helpline number.
  • Introduce bar-coded tickets on pilot basis to tackle menace of ticketless travel
  • 1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km proposed for the next year.
  • Broad Gauge Lumding-Silchar section in Assam, connecting Barak Valley with rest of country.
  • North-East India, especially Mizoram and Manipur, to be connected through broad gauge soon.
  • Special purpose vehicle for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed corridor registered this month.
  • Financial closure and an early award of tenders for two elevated suburban corridors between Churchgate-Virar and CSTM-Panvel
  • Raising of all low level platforms in Mumbai suburban stations in 2016-17
Railways Budget 2016