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Today (6:37PM)  Rail Budget 2015: 10 things you should not miss (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented his Rail Budget in Lok Sabha on Thursday. Here are 10 things which you should know about the Rail Budget.
(1) No increase in passenger fares
(2) SMS alert service to be introduced on train arrival/ departure; CCTVs to be introduced in select trains and suburban trains for women safety.
(3) 'Operation 5-minute' to ensure ticketless passenger get regular ticket within five minute of entering station
(4) Rail-cum-road ticket to be extended to many stations; more trains to be added under scheme for ordering food while booking tickets
(5) More general class coaches to be added in
identified trains; more AC EMU services for Mumbai suburban section.
(6) Toll free number 182 created for security related complaints
(7) Disposable linen on payment to be available at all stations.
(8) Railway helpline number 138 will become operational 24x7
(9) Railways to partner with private sector, PSUs and multilateral funding institutions
(10) Open Wi-Fi to be available at 400 railway stations; proposal to revamp the station re-development scheme.
Today (6:37PM)  Rail Budget 2015: Highlights (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday presented his first Rail Budget.
Here are the highlights of the Rail Budget 2015:
*No increase in railway passenger fares.
*17000 more toilets to be replaced by bio-toilets: Suresh Prabhu
*An All India 24-7 helpline number will become operational: Suresh Prabhu
*A mobile application to address complaints of people is also being developed:
*Operation 5 minutes to ensure that a passenger travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within 5 minutes
*The facility of e-ticketing will help us to go
paper less
*SMS alert services for passengers to inform them about arrival and departure of trains
*Modern facilities for disabled citizens, senior citizens, patients through IRCTC
*24 to 26 coaches in certain identified trains, more general class coaches, ladders to be replaced
*In 400 stations wi-fi facility will be provided
* Rs 8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in next 5 years
* Cleanliness in Railways highest priority under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat
* Plans to building partnerships to gain long term financing and improve connectivity, modernise infrastructure
* Introduction of integrated ticketing will be done, a Defence travel system has been developed to make travel easier
* Mobile application to address complaints of people is also being developed
* This year itself replacement of 17000 more toilets by bio-toilets
* Surveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartments
* A1 category stations will be given the facility of Wi-Fi
* 67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities
* Rs 1,000 Nirbhaya Fund, which was lying idle so far, will finally board a train to provide women's safety
* Satellite railway terminals in 10 major cities
* Investment 84% higher, 77 new projects
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Today (6:36PM)  Rail Budget: 25 passenger-friendly announcements (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday that the interests of the passengers will be of foremost importance to the government.
Here are 25 passenger friendly announcements made in the Rail Budget:
* No increase in railway passenger fares
* A mobile application to address complaints of people
* 'Operation 5 minutes' to ensure that a passenger travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within 5 minutes
* SMS alert services for passengers to inform them about arrival and departure of trains
* Modern facilities for disabled citizens, senior citizens, patients through IRCTC
* 24 to 26 coaches in certain identified trains, more general class coaches, ladders to be replaced
* In 400 stations Wi-Fi facility will be provided
* All India 24 X 7 helpline 138 from March 1; Toll free No.182 - for security complaints
* Introduction of integrated ticketing will be done, a defence travel system has been developed to make travel easier
* Replacement of 17,000 more toilets with bio-toilets to be undertaken this year
* Surveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartments to be installed
* Cleanliness in railways highest priority under 'Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat'
* Travel between Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata to be an overnight journey
* ISRO to be involved, 3,438 level crossings to be eliminated
* Paperless ticketing, hand-held device for TTEs to be introduced
* All newly-manufactured coaches to be braille-enabled
* Online booking for wheel chairs to be enabled
* The facility of self-operated lockers would also gradually be made available at stations
* Collaboration with NIFT and NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designs
* Rs 120 crore provided for lifts and escalators to facilitate movement of passengers and goods
* To expand water vending machines to most railway stations to ensure availability of clean drinking water at very low cost to people
* Middle bay of coaches will be reserved for women and senior citizens for reasons of safety
* TTEs would be instructed to help senior citizens, pregnant women and differently-abled people in obtaining lower berths
* Toilets at stations need improvement; 650 additional toilets to be created in addition to 120 last year
* New department to keep stations clean
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Today (6:35PM)  Rail Budget 2015: No new trains but still Karnataka has something to cheer about (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BENGALURU: With Mallikarjuna Kharge and DV Sadananda Gowda offering a double bonanza in the last two rail budgets to Karnataka, this time the state seemed to had prepared itself for not getting anything.
Nevertheless, hopes were high with Karnataka having 17 BJP MPs and four Union ministers in the Modi cabinet with the wish-list including new fancy trains and railway lines. But railway minister Suresh Prabhu's budget on Thursday offering was meagre.
G Janardhan, one of the faces of Bengaluru's train commuters said he had pinned hopes of getting Shatabadi train on Bengaluru-Mysuru route. But he is still not disappointed since the budget focused more on improving passenger amenities and augmenting rail infrastructure.
Railway activist Keshav Prabhu concurred: "A few
more new trains would have only burdened the existing infrastructure. Instead the minister has rightly chosen to focus on passenger amenities and completion of ongoing projects. Karnataka, which has poor rail density, would gain a lot with the availability of more funds to take up infrastructure works".
Regarding new trains and railway lines, Karnataka got two gifts in the railway budget: The sanction for the development of a third coach terminal at Byappanahalli at a cost of Rs 120 crore and doubling the 130km Yelahanka-Penukonda single line at Rs 870 crore.
The upgradtion of Byappanahalli station will help to decongest the over burdened city and Yeshawanthpur railway stations which has reached peak capacity with trains literally jostling for space during peak hours.
The doubling of the 130km Yelahanka-Penukonda line is a big boost since is highly highly saturated with 60 trains running either side a day and recording a utilization rate of 160 per cent. The authorities had recommended doubling of this line as it is not only a high revenue yielding line in the state but also the shortest route connecting the state with north and west India destinations like Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur.
"We couldn't have expected more," said a happy Anup Dayanand Sadhu, senior divisional commercial manager, South Western Railway, Bengaluru.
The other significant projects are Bengaluru-Hassan; Hubballi-Belagavi Gadag-Wadi lines. Karnataka government had already given its consent to the proposal in response to a letter from Prabhu earlier.
Bangalore Central MP PC Mohan got a special mention in Prabhu's rail budget for his contribution towards the development of Byappanahalli railway station. Prabhu asked all MPS to use a part of their MPLAD funds in railways even as he was booed by the opposition members. "It is with gratitude that I mention the names of Mohan and Gopal Shetty from North Mumbai who have donated Rs one crore and Rs. 1.5 crore respectively from their MPLAD funds for passenger amenities. I also request other MPs and corporates, NGOs, charitable institutions and religious institutions to come forward and invest generously for passenger amenities," Prabhu said.
Today (6:32PM)  Silence over Special Zone Draws Flak (www.newindianexpress.com)
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VIJAYAWADA:BJP leaders in Vijayawada welcomed the maiden Railway Budget by the Modi Government stating that it was in tune with the development agenda and will benefit the people in long run.
Speaking to mediapersons here Thursday, BJP leaders U Srinivasa Raju and BJP Mahila Morcha state president S Malathi Rani said safety and security has been given utmost importance and the budget is based on facts rather than hypothetical figures on which the previous railway budgets were based.
“Top priority was given to pending projects and for providing better facilities for the passengers in both stations and on trains. There is no logic in the criticism of opposition, as it is always better to act on facts and do what is possible. By completing pending projects, people are going to benefit.
There is no point in announcing more projects while there are many that need to be completed,” they said.
When drawn their attention to the failure of BJP government in keeping the promise made to the state on separate zone, the BJP leaders said there was still time and the promise would be kept. They said doubling and tripling of lines and electrification, better railway connectivity will be possible.
Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) said that the budget was rooted in reality and had not indulged in populist schemes like previous government, which had never implemented what they had announced. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the novel railway budget.
He said the funds sanctioned for development of a railway-line between Jaggayyapet and Mellacheruvu, the cement factories and passengers will benefit as the travel time gets reduced by one hour.
Meanwhile, the Congress party took exception to lack of allocations for state in the Railway Budget. “As per the AP Reorganisation Act, a separate zone for the state was to have been sanctioned withing six months from the appointed date. However, there was no mention of it in the railway budget. There was also no mention of the rapid rail transport system connecting other parts with the new capital of the state. From the beginning, the Modi Government has been doing injustice to the state. Yesterday it was Finance Commission and today it is Railway Budget. No allocations have been made for the state,” APCC spokesperson K Sivaji said.
Former MLA and CPI leader K Subba Raju said injustice was done to the state in the Railway Budget though the state stands first in revenue generation for railways. He said no good was done to Vijayawada though it was declared as the new capital of the state. He expressed his dissatisfaction over the Railway Budget making no mention of development of satellite stations for Vijayawada Railway Station, which is getting congested by the day, making several trains wait in the outside the station for long hours.
Welfare Party of India state vice-president Md Sadik said yet again injustice was done to the state. However, he appreciated the railway minister’s efforts to provide security to women travelling in train.
Vijaywada Chamber of Commerce and Industry president V Bhaskar Rao said that the lack of allocations to the state especially Vijayawada region were disappointing. However, there were some good issues that were focussed like safety and security along with projects on BOT basis, he added.
Today (6:31PM)  Rail budget: Infra, logistics firms among those that stand to benefit (www.livemint.com)
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Mumbai: Provisions announced in the railway budget could help companies ranging from infrastructure providers to logistics firms, and companies providing food and sanitation-linked facilities and services to the railways. The railways envisages an investment of Rs.8.5 trillion in the next five years, which will be used to expand and electrify its network, increase rolling stock and redevelop railway stations. Here’s a list of key proposals and firms that stand to benefit: l The government plans to expand the railways’ fleet of rolling stock and modernize station infrastructure. The station redevelopment policy will also be revamped and processes simplified by inviting open bids. Existing stations are being made available for development. These announcements are positive for GMR Infrastructure Ltd, GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd and DLF Ltd. l Indian Railways plans 77 projects involving expansion work covering 9,400km of tracks at a cost of Rs.96,182 crore. This could be a positive...
for BEML Ltd, Texmaco Infrastructure & Holdings Ltd, Titagarh Wagons Ltd, and Kalindee Rail Nirman (Engineers) Ltd. l Railway electrification of 6,608 km sanctioned for 2015-16, an increase of 1,330% over the previous year, is positive for Kernex Microsystems. l Allocation of Rs.120 crore for lifts and escalators at railway stations is positive for Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd. l A planned re-look at public-private partnerships, reworking special freight train operator policy, wagon leasing policy, revamping the PPP (public-private partnership) cell in the Railway Board and standardizing model concession agreement on railways indicates that the government is looking at the private sector as an essential partner in railway development, said Angel Broking Ltd. This is positive for Allcargo Logistics Ltd. and Gateway Distriparks Ltd. l Coaches in select trains connecting major tourist destinations may be offered to travel agencies on a revenue-sharing model. Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, Indian Hotels Ltd, ITC Ltd, Cox and Kings Ltd may benefit. l E-catering to allow selection of meals from an array of choices and base kitchens to be set up and run by reputed agencies for serving quality food will benefit listed companies such as Jubilant Foodworks Ltd. Local brands may also benefit. l 1,000MW solar plants will be set up on railway and private land and railway buildings with subsidy and viability gap funding support from the ministry of non-renewable energy in the next five years. This is a positive for Adani Power Ltd, Tata Power Co. Ltd, Essel Group and Welspun Renewables Energy Ltd. l Focus on improving signalling and surveillance as part of improved safety measures could be positive for companies like Thales SA and Zicom Electronic Security Systems Ltd. l New ticketing technology could benefit CMC Ltd.
Today (6:27PM)  Biting the bullet: Why Prabhu (and his boss) shouldn't chase the bullet train (www.firstpost.com)
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Loyalty to the boss is not a bad thing in itself, but Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu struck one discordant note in an otherwise sensible Railway Budget for 2015-16: bullet trains. We don’t need them – at least at this stage.
Prabhu, whose budget focused on fixing the railways’ finances and chronic inability to invest in safety and speed, made one enthusiastic mention of Narendra Modi’s pet idea of bullet trains in his speech yesterday (26 February). He said “we will continue to pursue with vigour our special projects like high speed rail between Mumbai-Ahmadabad. The feasibility study for this is in an advanced stage and the report is expected by the mid of this year. Quick and appropriate action will be taken once the report is available with us.”
The only “quick
and appropriate action” required is to send the report to the dustbin.
No need for a bullet train? Reuters imageNo need for a bullet train? Reuters image
A bullet train is a costly digression in the context of Prabhu’s major focus on boosting investment in the main railway system. While it is possible that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train – estimated to cost Rs 63,180 crore – may be entirely funded out of foreign or private funding, with Indian Railways providing little more than logistical help on land acquisition, the problem is that it is likely to be a white elephant even in foreign hands.
Either the fares will have to be extraordinarily high, in which case the public blowback will be immense, or it will have to be heavily subsidised at some point. One can’t see Japan being willing to run a loss-making bullet train, even assuming it is willing to fund the venture entirely from its own resources.
When previous Rail Minister Sadananda Gowda first made a mention of bullet trains, this writer noted that India does not need a bullet train that will become the surface equivalent of the Anglo-French supersonic Concorde – which was finally put out of its misery after years of losses to both British Airways and Air France.
In fact, what Prabhu’s budget really makes out a solid case for is increasing train speeds on high density passenger and freight routes. Nine inter-metro routes are being earmarked for raising average speeds from the current 100-130 kmph to 160-200 kmph. This means train journeys between Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata will just become overnight 12-hour journeys.
The airline chaps will get sleepless nights. Way to go.
Goods trains will be speeded up to 100 km and 75 km, depending on whether they are empty or loaded. This will make the Indian Railways a viable option for heavy cargo and logistics firm.
This idea will give truckers sleepless nights, and bring down the average cost of moving goods from one end of the country to another, by road or rail, at reasonable speed and cost.
The best option, of course, is for Prabhu to give us bullet train lookalikes that can be run on existing tracks, but much faster. These are called train sets because they can run in either direction without an engine.
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'Atulya Bharat ke liye atulya rail': Key highlights of Suresh Prabhu's Railway Budget 2015
Rail Budget 2015: Prabhu strikes a fine balance between good politics, economics
Rail Budget 2015: Prabhu strikes a fine balance between good politics, economics
Prabhu said: “With a view to providing superior riding experience and about 20 percent savings in journey time, it is proposed to introduce a very modern train system called train sets. These are similar to bullet trains in design and can run on existing tracks without an engine to haul them. For the railways it would imply higher capacity, greater energy savings and increased throughput. We hope that the first set of these trains would be running on our system within the next two years.”
This is a far better idea than the one about real bullet trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The distance between the two cities is around 534 km. A high-speed train – which travels at 160-200 kmph - would take three hours to make the trip. This is not exactly a bad deal even for the truly busy air traveler since it saves time on going to and from airports – and waiting there for flights. And with all the jing-bang of wi-fi and other services added, anyone who travels on a high-speed train will not need to waste even this three hours in travel. Why would anybody use a bullet train at much higher cost just to shave an hour or two of travel time?
Prabhu’s job is to slowly convince his boss that a high-speed bullet-train clone that won’t bust the bank is a better idea than the real thing.
Today (6:25PM)  Nashik demands unfulfilled, but citizens happy with budget (www.dnaindia.com)
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The long pending demands of Nashikites of a terminus or new trains haven't found a place in the 2015-16 railway budget presented by railway minister Suresh Parbhu in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, but they don't seem to mind. The people of Nashik appear to be happy and have the termed the budget as "satisfactory" and one with a "new direction".
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President of Rail Parishad in Nashik Bipin Gandhi said, "I am very satisfied with this non-political rail budget. For once, the government has stayed away from appeasing anyone. The budget seems intended to bring the Indian railways back on track. This should have been done ages ago... Focus on women's security and facilities for senior citizens are welcome moves.
Our demands haven't been fulfilled, but a budget like this will do good for the entire railways, and then, new projects can be initiated."
Rahul Sonawane, a keen rail development follower and an expert, said the emphasis of this budget is on infrastructure development. It is a vision for five years to improve the system, he added.
"It is a thoughtful budget even if no announcements for new trains have been made. Attention given to development of railways in Northeast and Kashmir is welcome. It also provides for completion of old projects. The emphasis on cleanliness is worthwhile. However, the 120-day prior reservation facilty seems pointless as people may not make their travel plans that early."
"Moving in a progressive direction with long-term planning" is how Dhananjay Bele, industrialist and former president of Nashik Industries Manufacturers' Association, termed the budget.
"Planning and vision appears to be great but implementation needs to be effective. Facilities like Wi-Fi on railway stations, phone charging points in trains, and digitalisation of A grade stations are welcome. The provision for infrastructure development is important, but it will also need a steady flow of funds. While it opens scope for privatisation, care needs to be taken that it does not turn out to be a burden on the common man," Bele said.
"The proposal for goods trains and electrification is good for industries. The budget does not have anything special for Maharashtra per say, but the overall focus for its development is good. The announcement of speed trains is welcome.Speed trains on Nashik, Aurangabad, Pune and Mumbai routes could have been included. Focus on cleanliness, hygiene and bio toilets is good and seems to be in line with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan."
Today (6:24PM)  No zone, no trains, denizens upset (www.thehindu.com)
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People looked forward to a special railway zone and new trains, but Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s budget had no mention of them. Vijayawada Tax Payers’ Association president V. Sambi Reddy said the BJP had promised to create a separate railway zone after coming to power. “There is no mention of the special zone and new trains for the State. This is quite unsatisfactory,” he said.
“In the last budget, the Railway Ministry had announced A.P. Express, but nothing concrete was done on that front. The proposed third line between Kazipet and Vijayawada will not be of much benefit for people. The elected public representatives should exert pressure on the Centre to announce more projects for the State,” he added. Meanwhile, the Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce said there was nothing new for the business community to cheer about in the budget. “It
is pathetic to note that there is no announcement on the status of as many as 29 pending projects,” said chamber president V. Bhaskara Rao in a statement.
The Andhra Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation described the budget as disappointing, as there was no mention of a separate railway zone and new trains connecting various cities with Vijayawada.
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There is no clarity on allocations to pending projects in the State. However, the federation welcomed Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s announcement on laying a third line between Kazipet and Vijayawada.
In a statement here, federation president-elect M. Muralikrishna said Mr. Prabhu had laid emphasis on transparency, passengers’ safety and amenities, besides freight.
The decision to take up railway projects under the public-private-partnership mode, implementation of ‘Swacch Rail’ along with other policies would go a long way in the development of railways on all fronts, he added.
Today (6:23PM)  Over Rs300cr boost for railway infra in region (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NAGPUR: Even if it has got no new trains, Vidarbha region has got a major railway infrastructure boost to augment line capacity. The region got sizeable attention in the railway budget with an outlay of over Rs308 crore for five 'third lines' to be laid in the future.
The maiden budget announced by railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday reflects the core issue of operating passenger and freight trains with more efficiency rather than announcing new trains.
For Nagpur Central Railway alone, an outlay of Rs274 crore has been made for five third railway lines between Nagpur-Wardha (76km), Nagpur-Itarsi (267km), Wardha-Ballarshah (132km), Dharakho-Maramzari (13km) and Chichonda-Teegaon (17km). Besides, an outlay of Rs29 crore has also been made for third line between Rajnandgaon-Nagpur (228km) under South East Central Railway (SECR).
Interestingly, all the above railway sections are among the 428 sections in the country whose line capacity has already touched 140%. The Wardha-Nagpur third line is among the four lines, which will be completed through BOT route.
Not only increasing line capacity, existing gauge conversion and laying of new lines will also get a boost with sizeable amount over Rs979 crore being outlayed. This includes Rs400 crore for vital gauge conversion between Chhindwara-Nagpur (149km), Rs365 crore for Jabalpur-Gondia (285km) and Rs64 crore for Chhindwara-Mandla Fort (182km). The amount doesn't include funds for works like passenger amenities and bridges and ROBs and chord lines.
New railway lines between Wadsa-Gadchiroli (50km) and Wardha-Nanded (270km) have also been granted Rs15 crore and Rs135 crore respectively. The Amravati-Narkhed line has also been allocated Rs25.50 crore. The gauge conversion between Nagbhid-Nagpur seems to be out of focus with no grants sanctioned to it. The project was approved last year.
The Central Railway has also received Rs25 crore for electrification of rail line between Chhindwara and Amla. Once the broad gauge work is completed between Nagpur and Chhindwara, it will become another circuit for trains going toward north direction.
Alok Kansal, divisional railway manager (DRM) of SECR, said, "Till now, Rs560 crore has been spent on Chhindwara-Nagpur line. The estimated project cost is Rs1,100 crore. We received Rs400 crore this year. It will boost completion of the line which will boost development in the region." He added Rs5 crore has been allocated for automatic signalling between Gondia-Nagpur.
With Prabhu stating that responsibility for encroachments on railway land will be fixed on officials, the stalled work on Kalamna-Nagpur doubling is also expected to get a boost. The project was sanctioned in 2008, but is still not completed due to encroachments. It will play a major role in train movement and development of Nagpur.
Vidarbha seems to have reaped major infrastructure benefit in the budget. With coal, cement and steel being major source of revenue, the railway minister seems to have focused on improving the tracks and line capacity to enhance revenue.
Wildlife conservationists have welcomed Prabhu's move to consider wildlife concerns. The forested Chanda Fort-Gondia line has claimed lives of many wild animals including tigers and leopards. The SECR has failed to follow speed restrictions on this route in dense forest patches.
Another development is that way has been paved for Central Railway to buy power from private parties as MSEDCL is supplying it at Rs8-9 per unit. The Central Railway needs 100MW electricity daily.
* Nagpur-Wardha (Sevagram): 76km
With over 150 passenger and freight trains moving in this 76km section daily, the line capacity has reached 140%. New line can be used for freight trains so that passenger trains are not affected.
* Wardha-Ballarshah: 132km
Of the sanctioned cost of Rs630 crore, Rs14.40 crore has been granted. This section is heavily congested due to freight trains, carrying mostly coal and cement. The new line will improve efficiency of trains.
* Teegaon-Chichonda (17km) & Dharakoh-Maramzari (13km): 30km
The 30-km third line project is basically to improve safety and congestion in the rugged terrain. Here, due to a steep cliff, trains have to be moved by attaching a special engine. As line capacity is saturated, several trains have to be kept waiting. New line will give safe passage to passenger trains. The proposal was sent to Railway Board last year. It takes over 4.5 hours to travel 279km from Nagpur to Itarsi, while in Ballarshah, which is 211km, it takes 2.15 hours.
* Rajnandgaon-Nagpur: 228km The South East Central Railway (SECR) route has exceeded its line capacity between West-East. This line will ease congestion of passenger trains to Howrah and will save journey time. An outlay of Rs29 crore has been made.
* KALAMNA-NAGPUR DOUBLING: The 6.5-km-long double line project for Rs21 crore, can ease congestion at Nagpur. It was sanctioned in 2008, but encroachments have held it up.
* MECHANIZED LAUNDRY: It was proposed to wash railway linen in the 2011 railway budget. In 2012, then DRM had said tenders would be floated in six months but it has not yet started.
* NAGPUR-NAGBHID LINE (106KM): The project was cleared in 2013 budget of Nagpur-Nagbhid for freight trains and to link it with Ballarshah and Surjagad.
* AMRITSAR, PUNE TRAIN: The two trains, announced in last year's budget, have not started due to non-availability of rakes
* WORLD-CLASS STATION: No word to develop it as world class. A Belgian team visited the station on May 24, 2013 to explore the possibilities but the proposal seems to have been dumped.
* RAIL NEER BOTTLING PLANT: It was announced in 2013 budget. IRCTC was to set it up.
* ELECTRONICS INSTITUTE: The institute is to come up at Ajni for training in high-tech gear.
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