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 and�
�� 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.
�� 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�
�� A Bridge Factory in J & K and a state-of-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering is proposed at�
�� A Diesel Locomotive Centre will be set-up in Manipur.
�� A Centre of Excellence in Software at�
�� Rail Industrial Parks at�Jellingham�and New�Bongaigaon�proposed.
�� Additional mechanized laundry units to be set up at�
�� 700 MW gas-based power�plant�to be set up at�Thakurli�in�
�� 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�and�Shatabdi�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 to fill up backlog of SC/ST��initiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen 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.