Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2012: Highlights of Railway Budget 2011 − 12

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  • No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.
  • Highest ever Plan outlay of ₹ 57,630 crore proposed for Railways.
  • ₹ 9,583 crore provided for new lines.
  • 1300 km new lines, 867 km doubling of lines and 1017 km gauge conversion targeted in 2011 − 12.
  • 56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.
  • AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.
  • New Super AC Class to be introduced.
  • A new portal for e-ticketing to be launched shortly. Booking charges will be cheaper with a charge of only ₹ 10 for AC classes and ₹ 5 for others.
  • Pan-India multi-purpose smart card “Go India” to be introduced.
  • 236 more stations to be upgraded as Adarsh Stations.
  • 47 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 50 new suburban services proposed for Kolkata.
  • Two new passenger terminals in Kerala and one each in Uttar Pradesh andWest Bengal proposed.
  • Feasibility study to raise speed of passenger trains to 160 − 200 kmph to be undertaken.
  • A special package of two new trains and two projects for the States managing trouble free run of trains through out the year.
  • Anti Collision Devise (ACD) sanctioned to cover 8 zonal railways.
  • GPS Based ‘Fog Safe’ Device to be deployed.
  • All unmanned level crossing upto 3000 to be eliminated.
  • All India Security Help line on a single number set up:
  • All state capitals in the North-East except Sikkim to be connected by Rail in next seven years.
  • A Bridge Factory in J & K and a state-of-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering is proposed at Jammu.
  • A Diesel Locomotive Centre will be set-up in Manipur.
  • A Centre of Excellence in Software at Darjeeling proposed under the aegis of CRIS.
  • Rail Industrial Parks at Jellingham and New Bongaigaon proposed.
  • Additional mechanized laundry units to be set up at Nagpur, Chandhigarh andBhopal.
  • 700 MW gas-based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra.
  • 18,000 Wagons to be procured during 2011 − 12.
  • A scheme for socially desirable projects, ‘Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojana’ with Non-lapsable fund proposed.
  • 10,000 shelter units proposed for track side dwellers in Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Tiruchirapalli on pilot basis.
  • Concession to physically handicapped persons to be extended on Rajdhani andShatabdi trains.
  • Concession of 50 % to press correspondents with family increased to twice a year.
  • Senior Citizens concession to be hiked from 30 % to 40 % .
  • Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees.
  • Scholarship for Girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to ₹ 1200 per month.
  • 20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up:
  • Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ including filling up backlog of SC/ST initiated 16,000 exservicemen to be inducted by March 2011.
  • A separate sports cadre to be created.
  • 2011 − 12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways.
  • Freight loading of 993 MT and passenger growth of 6.4 % estimated for 2011 − 12.
  • Gross Traffic Receipts at ₹ 1,06, 239 crore, exceeding one lakh crore mark for the first time estimated.
  • Ordinary Working Expenses assessed at ₹ 73,650 crore.

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