Kharge presents Railway Budget amidst of storm over Telangana
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
New 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
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge will not bring about reduction in basic passenger fares in the interim budget tomorrow