The railways got a bare two-minute mention in the current budget, with the finance minister choosing to focus only on the highlights of the year. This is in stark contrast to earlier years when hours would be spent listing every train and facility on the budget.
In total, the Centre has allocated Rs 1,48,000 crore for the Railways. Here are some of the highlights –
- With a focus on safety, the minister announced that all 11,000 trains and 8,500 stations will have CCTV surveillance. Each coach of a train will have eight CCTV cameras.
- On the infrastructure front, the redevelopment of 600 major railway stations will be taken up. Some 18,000 kilometres of ‘double line’ tracks will be laid. This is to ease the massive congestion that plagues the Indian Railways. Also, 4000 kilometres of lines will be electrified. 4267 unmanned railway crossings will also be eliminated this year. Read More…
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