Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Railway Budget :-Highlights


1. Safety; 2. Consolidation; 3. Passenger Amenities; 4. Fiscal Discipline.
Some Achievements/Initiatives

  • IR enters the one billion tonne Select Club joining Chinese, Russian and US Railways;
  • IR also joins Select Club running freight trains of more than 10000 tonne load;
  • ‘Fuel Adjustment Component’ concept to be implemented linking tariffs with movement of fuel prices;
  • Target of Rs 1000 crore each fixed for Rail Land Development Authority and IR Station Development Corporation to be raised through PPP in 2013-14;
  • New fund – Debt Service Fund – to be set up to meet committed liabilities of debt servicing for WB and JICA loans for DFC and other future liabilities.
Measures for improving Safety & Security

  •  Making a Corporate Safety Plan for a ten year period (2014-2024).
  • Elimination of 10797 level crossings during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs to the IR system henceforth.
  • Introduction of Train Protection Warning System on Automatic Signalling Systems.
  • Rigorous trials of the indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System.
  • Using 60 kg rails, 260 meter long welded rail panels and improved flash butt welding technology.
  •  Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains.
  •  Induction of crash worthy LHB coaches with anti-climb feature.
  • Rehabilitation of identified 17 distressed bridges over next one year.
  • Provision of comprehensive fire and smoke detection systems.
  • Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains.
  • Use of fire retardant furnishing materials in coaches.
  • Measures initiated to deal with elephant related accidents.
  • Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rail passengers, especially women  2 passengers.
  • Recruitment to RPF with 10% vacancies reserved for women.
Rail Based Industries
New factories/workshops to be set up:

  • a new Forged Wheel Factory at Rae Bareli in collaboration with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.
  • a Greenfield Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMU) manufacturing facility at Bhilwara (Rajasthan) in collaboration with State Government and BHEL.
  •  a Coach Manufacturing Unit in Sonepat District (Haryana) in collaboration with State Government.
  • a Midlife Rehabilitation Workshop at Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) in collaboration with the State Government.
  • Bikaner and Pratapgarh workshops to undertake POH of BG wagons.
  •  a workshop for repair and rehabilitation of motorized bogies at Misrod (Madhya Pradesh).
  •  a new wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi (Odisha).
  •  a modern signaling equipment facility at Chandigarh through PPP route
Green Initiatives

  • Setting up of Railway Energy Management Company (REMC) to harness potential of solar and wind energy.
  • Setting up of 75 MW capacity windmill plants and energizing 1000 level crossings with solar power.
  • Deployment of new generation energy efficient electric locomotives and EMUs.
  •  More usage of agro-based and recycled paper and ban use of plastic in catering.
Passenger/Rail Users’ Amenities

  •  Identification of 104 important stations for immediate attention to all
  • aspects related to cleanliness.
  • Progressive extension of bio-toilets on trains.
  • Provision of concrete aprons on platforms with mechanized cleaning  3 facilities.
  • Extension of On Board Housekeeping Scheme and Clean Train Stations to more stations and trains.
  • Extension of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS), Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Coin-operated Ticket Vending Machines (CO-TVMs) and schme of Jan-Sadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBSs).
  • Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
  • Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board  staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback.
  • 8-10 more mechanized laundries for quality washing of linen.
  • Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains.
  • Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains.
  • Upgrading another 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected.
  • Associate voluntary organizations for providing first aid services at railway stations.
  • Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services.
  • 179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently abled.
  • Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly.
  • Some JTBS to be reserved for disabled people.
  • Curbing malpractices in reserved tickets including tatkal scheme.
  • Third party audit and tie up with food testing laboratories for food quality control; ISO certified state-of-the-art base kitchens to be set up in railway premises.
  • Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321)
Rail Tourism

  • Launching multi-modal travel package in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir state government.
  •  Issuing ‘Yatra Parchis’ to pilgrims travelling by rail to Mata Vaishno  Devi Shrine at the time of railway ticket booking.  4
  • Introduction of an educational tourist train with concessional fares - ‘Azadi Express’ – to connect places associated with freedom movement.
  • Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations, namely, Bilaspur,
  • Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru.
IT Initiatives

  • Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services.
  •   Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.
  •  e-ticketing through mobile phones.
  •  Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.
  • Covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System.
  • Next-Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now & 1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now.
Financial Performance 2012-13

  •  Loading target revised to 1007 MT against 1025 MT in BE.
  • Gross Traffic Receipts fixed at `1,25,680 cr in RE, short by `6,872 cr over Budget Estimates.
  • Ordinary Working Expenses retained at BE level of `84,400 cr; pension payments increased by `1,500 cr to `20,000 cr.
  • Dividend liability to government to be fully discharged.
  • Excess’ of `10,409 cr as against the budget amount of `15,557 cr.
  • Loan of `3,000 cr taken in 2011-12 fully repaid along with interest.
  • Operating Ratio of 88.8% as compared to 94.9% in 2011-12.
Budget Estimates 2013-14

  • Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13.
  • Passenger growth - 5.2%.
  • Gross Traffic Receipts - `1,43,742 cr i.e. an increase of 18,062 cr over RE, 2012-13.
  • Ordinary Working Expenses - `96,500 cr.
  • Appropriation to DRF at `7,500 cr and to Pension Fund at `22,000 cr.
  • Dividend payment estimated at `6,249 cr.
  • Operating Ratio to be 87.8%.
  • Fund Balances to exceed `12,000 cr.  5
Annual Plan 2013-14

  •  Highest ever plan outlay of `63363 cr.
  •  Gross Budgetary Support - `26,000 cr
  • Railway Safety Fund - `2,000 cr
  •  Internal Resources - `14,260 cr.
  • EBR - Market Borrowing - `15,103 cr;
  •  EBR - PPP - `6,000 cr.
  • 500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted  in 2013-14.
Fiscal Discipline

  •  No supplementary Demands for Grants introduced in Monsoon Session or Winter Session of Parliament;
  •  Loan of `3,000 cr repaid fully;
  •  347 projects prioritized with assured funding;
  •  Operationally important projects and also last mile projects to receive liberal funding;
  •  A new fund – Debt Service Fund – set up to meet committed liabilities;
  • Stringent targets for efficiencies in maintenance of rolling stock and fuel consumption;
  •  Target to create fund balance of `30,000 cr in the terminal year of the 12th Plan.
Staff Welfare

  •  Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs 300 cr.
  • Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters.
  • Extending treatment facility in case of medical emergency to RELHS beneficiaries to all cities in hospitals empanelled with CGHS and Railways.
  •  Condition of barracks to be improved for RPF personnel.
  • Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots.
Training and Recruitment

  • 1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged.
  •  Imparting skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations.  6
  • Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies.
  • Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad – Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM).
  • Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on IR related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels.
  • Setting up of a chair at TERI promoting railway related research to reduce carbon footprint.

  •  Railway Teams won 9 National Championships in 2012.
  • Railway Sports Promotion Board awarded the ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar – 2012’.

  • Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC.
  • Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Travel by Duronto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportpersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Gallantry.
  • Police Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every  year for travel along with one companion in 2nd AC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years.

  • 67 new Express trains to be introduced.
  • 26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced.
  • Run of 57 trains to be extended.
  • Frequency of 24 trains to be increased.  7
Metropolitan Projects/Sub-urban Services

  •  Introduction of first AC EMU rake on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14.
  • Introduction of 72 additional services in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata.
  • Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai.
Tariff Proposals

  • Proposal for setting up of Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority formulated and at inter-ministerial consultation stage.
  • Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013.
  • Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased.
  • Enhanced reservation fee abolished.

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