Railway Budget 2016-17: Key highlights:

25 February 2016
  • No Hike in passenger fare
  • 65,000 additional berths and 17,000 bio-toilets to be installed
  • Train on demand to provide choice of accommodation in specific trains to wait-listed passengers
  • E-booking of tickets facility on the concessional passes available to journalists
  • Facility of cancellation through the 139 helpline after verification through 'One Time Password' sent on registered phone number
  • Operations audit proposed to improve punctuality of trains
  • Wi Fi facility at 400 more stations
  • Stations to be developed under PPP mode
  • Award of civil contracts for Dedicated Freight Corridor to be over by 31 March
  • Capacity of e-ticketing system to be enhanced
  • Increased quota of lower berth for senior citizens and women
  • 820 rail over bridges/ rail under bridges constructed
  • Operating ratio to increase from 90 per cent to 92 per cent
  • Nargol- Hazira port connectivity to be taken up under PPP mode
  • Sale of tickets through hand-held terminals
  • E-ticketing facility to foreign debit/credit cards
  • Bar coded tickets, expansion of Vikalp
  • CCTV cameras on tatkal windows and periodic audit of PRS website will also be introduced

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