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

  • No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.

  • Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways.

  • Rs. 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 Rs. 10 for AC classes and Rs. 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 Rs. 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 Rs. 1, 06, 239 crore, exceeding one lakh crore mark for the first time estimated.

  • Ordinary Working Expenses assessed at Rs. 73, 650 crore.