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Full coverage of Railway Budget 2015 presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

Full coverage of Railway Budget 2015-16 presented by Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament, at Rail Bhavan in New Delhi



14:55 pm:“Bhasan hai par karya yojna nahi hai” (its full of speech but san action plan), Nitish Kumar said.

14:45 pm: Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav today praised the railway budget for its lack of populist measures like announcement of new trains and lauded Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for focusing on fulfilling projects unveiled in past budgets.

14:40 pm: Shiv Sena says ‘completely dissatisfied’ with rail budget

“We are completely dissatisfied with the budget. They have said so many things in the budget. But from where will the money come?,” the budget has kept everyone in “dark”. “He (railway minister) is talking about raising the height of platforms which requires Rs 97 crore. One has to allot money for these projects at one go if they have to be completed. They are talking about tripling and doubling lines, but which lines will they undertake work on. They have kept us in dark,” Kirtikar said.

Taking a jibe, Chandrakant Khaire, Shivsena MP from Aurangabad, said “the budget is good but difficult to understand”. “People will ask us what has the region got from the budget? Now one has to read the budget and then come up with an explanation.”

14:35pm: Rlys aims operating ratio of 88.5% in 2015-16, best in 9 yrs

14:30 pm: Rail Budget futuristic and passenger centric, Tweeted

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the Rail Budget as “futuristic” and “passenger centric” and said it lays out a clear roadmap to make the national transporter the key driver of the country’s economic growth…Read More

14:10 pm: Following are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16:

* No hike in passenger fares
* No new trains announced Read More

13:55 pm: Rail Bud 2015: Freight rate hike may push up commodity prices

Cement, coal, steel and urea prices are likely to go up with the Railways Minister proposing freight hike up… Read More

13:35 pm: Rlys to hike train speed to reduce travel time between metros

The speed of trains connecting major metro cities would be increased up to 200 kilometres per hour (kmph) on nine select railway corridors…Read More

13:15 pm: No hike in train passenger fares

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today spared passengers from any hike in fares but made changes, Read More

13:14 pm: Kisan Yatra- a special travel scheme for farmers finds mention in Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu’s speech

13:13 pm: Skill development and self employment to be encouraged on Konkan Railway mode: RM

13:15 pm: Regulatory mechanism to be set up for deciding on tariff and disputes: Project worth Rs 2,500 crore using BOT annunity route to be launched: Prabhu.

13:12 pm: 100 DEMUs to be converted to dual fuels: RM

13:10 pm: Plan size raised by 52 per cent to Rs 111,000 crore: Railway Minister

13:10 pm: Investment in Indian Railways is an investment in our future, sustainability says Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu.

13:10 pm: Making efforts to get noise levels of locos to international standards: RM

13:10 pm: Water recycling plants to b set up after a water audit: RM

13:07 pm: Yoga training will be given to railway guards Yoga training will be given to railway guards: RM

13:09 pm: 1000MV Solar plants to be set-up by developers on Railway Pvt. Land and on railway building at own cost: RM

13:05 pm: Rs 6,750 crore allocated for eliminating 3438 level crossings; 970 road-underbridge and road-overbridge to be constructed.

13:00 pm: Preparing 5-year corporate safety plan to be ready in 3 months to identify annual quantifiable targets: Prabhu.

12:58pm: Feasibility report of high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad expected by mid-2015: Prabhu.

12:55 pm: Wagon-making scheme to be reviewed to make it easier for private investment; Speed on nine corridors to be increased from 110-130 to 160-200 kms per hour: Prabhu.

12:50 pm: Four dedicated freight corridors to be completed this year; 6608 kms of track to be electrified: Prabhu.

12:48 pm: Tickets can now be booked 120 days ahead of travel date, instead of 60 days now, to tackle tout menace, says Railway Minister.

12:47 pm: Projects worth Rs 96,182 crore to expand capacity of 9,420 km rail lines

12:45 pm: Open wi-fi to be available at 400 railway stations; proposal to revamp the station re-development scheme, says Prabhu.

12:44 pm: More general class coaches to be added in identified trains; more AC EMU services for Mumbai suburban section

12:43 pm: SMS alert service to be introduced on train arrival/ departure; CCTVs to be introduced in select trains and suburban trains for women safety.

12:42 pm: We are introducing ‘Operation 5-minute’ to ensure ticketless passenger get regular ticket within five minute of entering station: Prabhu.

12:41 pm: Rail-cum-road ticket to be extended to many stations; more trains to be added under scheme for ordering food while booking tickets: Prabhu.

12:40 pm:We are introducing ‘Operation 5-minute’ to ensure ticketless passenger get regular ticket within five minute of entering station: Prabhu.

12:39 pm: Railway helpline number 138 will become operational 24×7, says Prabhu.

12:38 pm: Disposable linen on payment to be available at all stations.

12:37 pm: Toll free number 182 created for security related complaints: Railway Minister.

12:36 pm: People of India will own railways always; Railways will continue to be precious national asset, says Prabhu

12:35 pm:  Investment of Rs 8.50 lakh crore envisaged over the next five years: Prabhu.

12:33 pm: Railways to partner with private sector, PSUs and multilateral funding institutions: Minister Suresh Prabhu.

12:30 pm: Railways to go through transformation in five years; to increase track capacity by 10 per cent to 1.38 lakh km.

12:29 pm: We will Increase track length by 20 per cent and passenger carrying capacity from 21 to 30 million: RM

12:28 pm: Private agencies to be roped in for cleanliness drive: RM

12:26 pm: No increase in rail fare: RM

12:20 pm: Priority to improve capacity on high density network in next five years: Railway Minister.

12:10 pm: Rail stocks show mixed trend ahead of Budget

Rail stocks showed a mixed trend in morning trade today ahead of the Railway Budget to be presented shortly….Read More

12:02 pm: Stocks of companies dependent on Indian Railways surge ahead of the presentation of the Railway Budget 2015-16.

11:44 am: We will keep in mind long term interest of Railways & interests of common man & try to balance both: Suresh Prabhu

11:40 am: Supriya Sule tweeted

11:39 am: We have to make Railway Ministry of India a globally benchmark organisation in safety, security & infrastructure: Suresh Prabhu

11:38 am: Sensex gains 61 points in opening trade ahead of Rail Budget

Extending gains for the third day, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose over 61 points in opening trade today on the back of increased buying by foreign funds…Read More

11:38 am: We have to get investments and become highly competitive in quality of services we offer: Suresh Prabhu on priorities of Railway Budget 2015.

11:35 am: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches Parliament to present his maiden Rail Budget.Rail Budget 2014-15

11:24 am: Passengers at Ultadanga Station in Kolkata on Thursday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Lok Sabha.Rail Budget 2015

11:24 am: For 10 years before 2012-13, there was no increase in rail fares. Then Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi had made an across-the-board hike in 2012-13 but was made to roll back the hike in second and sleeper class categories. Since then there have been hikes in passenger fares.

11:15 am:Best efforts made to fulfil people’s aspirations, says Prabhu

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said best efforts are being made to fulfil people’s aspiration in the NDA government…Read More

11: 02 am Passengers boarding a train in Mumbai on Thursday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented the Railway Budget 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha

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11: 02 am Passengers cross the tracks at Ultadanga Station in Kolkata on Thursday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Lok Sabha.

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