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Kharge presents Railway Budget amidst of storm over Telangana

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The storm over Telangana derailed the presentation of the Interim Rail Budget 2014-15 with Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge being forced to cut short his speech in Lok Sabha because of turmoil

TrainNew Delhi: The storm over Telangana today derailed the presentation of the Interim Rail Budget 2014-15 with Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge being forced to cut short his speech in Lok Sabha because of turmoil.

With tempers running high on the issue of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, a clash was averted between a supporter and opponent of Telangana due alertness of some leaders.

The Well of the House looked a battle ground on Telangana issue with members from Andhra Pradesh cutting across party lines converging there.

A midst of this chaos the Railway Minister managed to present Interim Railway Budget.

Following are the highlights of the Interim Rail Budget:

  • No increase in passenger fares and freight charges
  • 17 new premium trains, 38 express trains and 10 passenger trains to be launched
  • Premium AC trains with dynamic fares on Delhi-Mumbai route with shorter advance reservation period
  • Passenger rail service to Katra and Vaishnodevi to start shortly
  • Railways to expand services to Meghalaya
  • More high-speed trains to be launched
  • Railways exploring low cost option of 160-200 kmph speed trains on select routes
  • Rail Tariff Authority to advice on fares and freight
  • Mumbai to get AC EMUs in July
  • Trains to display info on next stations, arrival times
  • More Jan Ahaar outlets, escalators at stations
  • Upgradation scheme extended to AC Chair Car and Executive
  • Chair car passengers
  • Annual Rail Plan envisaged at Rs 64,305 crore with a budgetary support of Rs 30,223 crore
  • FDI being enabled for creation of rail infrastructure
  • Railways to end current year with surplus
  • Surveys for 19 new lines and 5 doubling of tracks
  • Railways to encourage transportation of milk
  • Steps to reduce running of empty freight carriages
  • Bio-toilet facility to be provided in more trains

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