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In order to pay more attention to quality travel and win back customers who frequently fly low-cost airlines instead of taking the train, Suresh Prabhu is likely announce new premium trains during the Railway Budget 2016 today. These marquee train service will be on the lines of Rajdhani and Shatabdi and will pay attention to detail such as having premium coaches, better quality food and amenities. Also Read - The New Normal? Salon Workers Covered In PPE Kits While Giving Haircuts, Images Go Viral
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This isn’t all, Prabhu also has plans to further improve the quality and experience of train travel by expanding e-catering to all the important railway stations and in more trains. Currently this service is only available at 42 stations. So expect to get food from branded food chains more easily during train travel.
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High-speed trains, better amenities, safety of passengers and modernization of trains are few other expectations from Prabhu in this rail budget. The ministry may also make an announcement about the much talked about bullet trains. While there are plans to upgrade the quality of train travel, a new train for low-income passengers may also be on the cards.
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Fares for existing trains may not see a significant hike but if premium services are introduced, they may come at a higher cost. The Railway Budget 2016 is expected to hike the plan outlay to Rs 1.25 lakh crore. This move will help de-congest saturated routes, enhance train capacity and also modernize facilities.
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