Rail Budget 2012 Trivedi proposes fare hike of 2 to 30 paise per km

Presenting the Railway Budget 2012 , Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday proposed to increase passenger fares ranging from 2 paise per km to 30 paise per km.

While seeking funds for modernisation of the cash-strapped Indian Railways, Trivedi proposed a hike of 2 paise per km for the general class fares. The hike means an increase of Rs.20 in fare for a 1,000 km journey.

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Similarly, fares of sleeper class, third AC, second AC and first AC were increased by 5 paise, 10 paise, 15 paise and 30 paise per km respectively. Effectively, the increase in fares for a 1,000 km journey in these classes would come to Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.150 and Rs.300 respectively.

 The passenger fares hikes have been proposed after 10 years. The minister also proposed to increase platform ticket price from Rs.3 to Rs.5. He also announced a concession of 50 per cent in AC fares to the passengers suffering from anaemia.

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Earlier in his speech, Trivedi said safety would be the prime focus of his ministry during the 12th Five Year Plan, along with network expansion and modernisation.

"My focus will be safe safety, safety, safety ," Trivedi told the Lok Sabha, presenting the Rail Budget for 2012-13. This was the decision he took as soon as he assumed charge of his ministry last year against the backdrop of an accident in Uttar Pradesh, the minister said.

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  Highlights of Railway Budget 2012-13:

  • To set up independent railway safety authority
  • Rs. 5.60 lakh crore to modernize railway
  • Kakodar Committee to be followed by Indian railway for safety
  • Indian Railway has 487 pending projects
  • Indian Railway needs 14 lakh crores in coming 10 years
  • Indian railway to invest 3.5 lakh crores during 12th plan
  • Anil Kakodar to head Rail Safety Committee
  • Rs. 60000 crore is the annual plan outlay during 2012-13
  • Need Indian Railway to grow 10% annually
  • 19000 km of track to be upgraded
  • Automatic signal warning system to be introduced to reduce accidents
  • Signaling system to be modernize
  • Newer Locomotive and Wagons to be introduced
  • To redevelop 100 stations, comparable to airports
  • 160 kmph to be standard speed for all trains
  • Coach Complex and Terminal in Navi Mumbai
  • 30% of plan outlay of modernizing signal system
  • Longest tunnel through Pir Punjal range at 11 km
  • 39110 crore to be modernize
  • Station maintenance on PPP basis
  • 114 new line surveys to be carried out
  • 825 km of gauge conversion to be completed
  • 85 new line projects to be introduced
  • All unmanned crossing to be abolished in 5 years
  • Shyamnagar to set up rail factory
  • Vidisha to set up Diesel Engine Factory
  • Wheel factory of Chhapra to be started
  • Coach factory of Raibareli to be started
  • Rail Bandhu Magazine to be introduced in Satabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto
  • RPF in 3500 trains
  • NID to help in improvise design to help passengers
  • Specialized hyzine, house keeping body to set up
  • One coach in each train for differently-abled
  • High speed train corridors to be started
  • Global tender for catering services
  • 5 railway sports person to be qualified for Olympics
  • Rail Khel Ratna for Railway sportsman
  • Wellness program for railway staffs
  • More than 1 lakh recruitment in railway during 2012-13
  • Last year about 80000 employees were recruited in railway
  • Two bodies to be introduced – PPP Marketing and PPP Safety
  • 75 new express trains
  • 21 new passenger trains
  • 75 new local trains in Mumbai
  • 18 new local trains in Chennai
  • Number of passenger expected to grow up 5.4%
  • Passenger earning to go up by 28360 crore
  • 2300 crore shortfall in revenue during the year
  • 2 paisa/km hike in 2nd class fares
  • 5 paisa/km hike in sleeper – mail-express
  • 10 paisa/km hike in AC-3
  • 15 paisa/km hike in AC-2
  • 30 paisa/km hike in AC-1



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