Railway Minister, Sadananda Gowda presented the Railway Budget 2014 in Parliament on Tuesday. Unlike Railway Budgets in the past, Sadanand Gowda’s budget is focused more on development and growth.
No Increase in Rail Fare
After the recent price hike, Railway Budget 2014 has spared the passengers without a new hike. Having already hiked fares at 14.2 per cent, the Railway Minister, Sadananda Gowda gave a sigh of relief as the Rail Budget proposed to bring in investable funds in infrastructure projects.
Ahmedabad-Mumbai Corridor has been proposed. Passengers may be now able enjoy high-speed travelling with the new government focusing to get some relief to the passengers who use Indian Railways daily. This materializes Narendra Modi’s dream of constructing a “diamond quadrilateral” of high speed trains and ensuring quality facilities for passengers. A high-speed train will run at a maximum speed of 320 km per hour and cover 534 km between the two cities in two hours.
Cleanliness and Efficient Station Management
With the Railway Budget 2014, Indian Railways proposes to outsource cleaning activities at 50 major stations and set up a separate Housekeeping Wing to maintain cleanliness and sanitation at stations. Also, a Corpus Fund for keeping stations upto the mark will be set up. Multi-Pronged Approach for Improving Safety & Security, 4000 Women RPF Constables to be Recruited
Safety of passengers
Safety of passengers is an important factor that the Railway Minister has focused more upon this year. Security has been strengthen in trains and at Stations, 17000 RPF constables have been recruited and shall be shortly available for deployment. The Indian Railways also proposes to recruit 4000 women RPF constables to ensure security of ladies travelling alone, special instructions are being issued for their safety in each class of travel. Women RPF constables, coaches for ladies will be escorted. Additional care will be taken for ladies travelling alone in all classes.
58 new trains
The highlight of the rail budget was introduction of much-awaited Bullet train on the earlier proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai corridor. The number of new trains announced in the Railway Budget 2014 reflects the priority of the Narendra Modi government. Sadanand Gowda announced 58 new trains and extended routes of 11 existing trains.
Improving Safety & Security
An estimated amount of Rs. 40,000 crore has been proposed for renovation of Indian Railways which include track renewals, building of Road-under-bridges and Road-over-bridge.