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RAILWAY BUDGET 2013-14 HIGHLIGHTS

February 28, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RAILWAY BUDGET – 2013-14  HIGHLIGHTS

Thrust

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

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


 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.


 ▪ 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.


Annual Plan 2013-14

▪ Highest ever plan outlay of `63363 cr.

o Gross Budgetary Support – `26,000 cr

o Railway Safety Fund – `2,000 cr

o Internal Resources

– `14,260 cr.

o EBR – Market Borrowing – `15,103 cr;

o 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.


▪ 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.

Sports

▪ Railway Teams won 9 National Championships in 2012.

▪ Railway Sports Promotion Board awarded the ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan

Puraskar – 2012’.

Concessions

▪ 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/2ndAC 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.

Trains

▪ 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.


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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