No fare hike, 54 new trains announced in Rail Budget
New Delhi: Passengers were spared a fare hike, freight rates were lowered for some essential items and 54 new trains announced in Rail Budget for 2010-11 that promises a new model to promote private investment in expanding the world's second largest railroad network under a single management.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee spared passengers of a fare hike, while lowering freight rates on some essential items and announcing the launch of 52 new trains in Rail Budget for 2010-11.
"We have saved Rs 2,000 crore ($40 million) because of the hard work of our employees and austerity measures. There will be no increase in passenger fares," Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee told the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament.
"Our objective is inclusive growth," she said in her marathon 110-minute speech, adding that her main consideration was social responsibility of Indian Railways rather than mere commercial viability of various projects.
Accordingly, she also announced a cut in freight tariff for kerosene and grain, upgrade of 94 stations, 522 diagnostic centres, target of 1,000 km new lines, 10 auto ancillary hubs, several high-speed passenger rail corridors, six new drinking water plants and housing for all railway staff in 10 years.
"We have set our goals in the Vision 2020 document and we will achieve it," the Minister said, referring to the document unveiled in December that has targeted making over 30,000 km of routes into double or multiple lines against 18,000 km today.
"It is a fact that administrative and procedural delays discourage potential investors. We will need to overcome this. I am setting up a special task force for this," said the Minister, dressed in a white and green sari and her trademark rubber slippers.
"Special structure will be created for the new business model," she said, emphasising: "But we will not privatise railways. Indian Railways will remain with the government."
At the same time, she also asked the private sector to refrain from what she called the "typical negative approach", while dealing with the Indian Railways. "I am sorry to say this -- this mindset has to change."
The much awaited inclusion of Visakapatnam in south central railway is at stake despite highest number of MP that the state had given.A shame on MP that do not act.The number of trains that has increased has no word on mumbai to bhubaneshwar corridor having only one train, the reservations to vizagites are so lowest that a need to disband the congress in the next election is eminant if such practices continues.Earlier laloos bihar now it is mamtas west bengal , if the andhra MP can not do it than they should quit .
Ridiculous budget. Madam wakeup pls. We dont need cheap service. Not hiking the passenger fare is no big deal. We are ready to pay a few extra rupee, but ofcourse we do need better service, well mannered railway employees, courteous ticketing personnel, better coaches with fans & lights (working condition), running water in coaches and last but not least where are the chemical toilets which the railways had been planning to install since ages.
I think She is Railway Minister of West Bengal not India ! All Railway minister doing more and more for thier home state like Lalu done for Bihar ! New train starts frm their home state, Rail coach factory in home state etc Mamta apposed Tata nano projiect in Singur now she is ready for Railway projiect in singur ! Plz plz stop doing for ur home stae ur Railway minister of India !
If Mamta wants to spend the entire country money to her state of birth, let her stay in her state, create speacial state rly ministry, become the chief and do she wants! she should not even be sitting in Delhi if she doesn't want to change her attitude of "poora desh ka paisa mera state me karch hoga".
There is a limit to personal favours at the cost of united tax payers in the biggest democaracy of the world. Country has to develop as a whole.
When are the tax payers questining these dirty political gimmics.
Mera Bharat Mahan.
Well.... I am not surprised. Every Railway Min would do max for his/her state nothing wrong either however our Maharashtra state rep need to take up with Railway Min & compel her to do something for Maha citizens. But will they do that? No never. If Maha has not got anything it is just because of our rep, ministers who just dream & asume things will happen either this minister will do it or that minister will do it I also have gut feeling even if one day some minister from Maha becomes Railway Min he/she would not something great, will sit in office & enjoy his/her tenure.
We Maha citizens should thank our min for not getting anything from Railway Min. Keep going guys!!!