Karnataka has got a budget outlay of Rs 3,353 crore in this year’s Rail budget. The doubling of the Baiyyappanahalli-Hosur and Yeswanthpur-Channasandra railway lines have been sanctioned, apart from electrification of the 989km line worth Rs 919 crore.
Railways minister Suresh Prabhu did not present the Rail Budget this year. But his speech on Thursday at an official function here was nothing short of Budget presentation: launch of a business plan for 2017-18
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu lauded the government for presenting a ‘visionary’ combined union budget, saying the provision for Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh would help railways step-up safety works.
Prompt responses to tweets from distressed passengers, pizzas at your seat, and even a proposal to exchange wedding vows at railway stations.
President Pranab Mukherjee has approved changes in government rules to allow merger of rail budget with the Union Budget 2017. The Department of Economic Affairs has been entrusted with the work relating to preparation of central budget including rail budget, as per a recent order issued by Cabinet Secretariat.