Rail Budget 2012-2013 highlights / Won’t allow hike in rail fares, says Mamata Banerjee


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"We will not allow rail fares to be hiked," she told a public meeting here, hours after Trivedi had proposed an across-the-board hike in passenger fares to raise Rs.4,000 crore extra this year.

Stating that she was not aware of the move to raise the fares, Banerjee asserted, "I assure you we will not accept this fare hike." Asked about Banerjee’s statement, Trivedi said, "I will try to convince her."

"We met him after the budget and demanded a rollback," Trinamool leader Sudipt Bandhopadhyay told reporters soon after Trivedi finished presentation of Railway Budget 2012-13 to bring the railways "out of the ICU".

Bandhopadhyay’s refrain was that the Railway Minister should withdraw the fare hike as "we have never put burden on the poor."

"Railway Minister is from our party only. It is his prerogative that he can say this (hike fares). We have given him time to withdraw the hike in fares," he said.

He skirted a question on "possible action" against Trivedi is he refuses to rollback the hike. "We hope it is withdrawn.... Government usually rolls back, but TC never (rolls back on its demand)," he said.

He said while fare has been increased by Trivedi as a minister, as a party TC was opposed to it "as we want to fulfill our duty towards the common man. "People across the country consider Mamata Banerjee as pro-poor. It is not TC policy to increase tax on people...."

Asked why the party was opposing the proposal after the presentation of the Railway Budget, he said they had no prior information on budget proposals as these are never discussed between ministers and the party.

"There is constitutional secrecy. Party has not discussed anything about the proposals with the Railway minister," he said.

When pointed that the minister and his party were not on the same page, he said, "Interests of the common people are more valuable for us than an individual."

"Railway Budget...what was all that about increasing fares across the board? Upper class...maybe ok...but all? Sorry, cannot agree," Trinamool MP Derek O’brien tweeted.

Interestingly, minutes before Bandopadhyay opposed the hike, another Trinamool leader and Union Minister Sultan Ahmed supported the proposal.

"Mamata Banerjee had given a vision to Railways to work on. For that it needs money and it needs funds. World-class infrastructure cannot work without funds," Ahmed told reporters.

When asked whether the fares were not increased last year keeping in mind West Bengal Assembly polls, he said that was never a issue.

"Fares were not hiked for the past 10 years. Railways need additional funds. If fares are not increased, how will it function?" he asked.

Rail Budget 2012-2013 highlights

NEW DELHI, Following are the prominent highlights of the railway budget for 2012-13 presented in the Lok Sabha Wednesday by Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi:

* No steep increase in passenger fares; 2 paise per km for second class on suburban trains and 3 paise per km on mail and express trains; 5 paise per km for sleeper class; 10 paise per km for a/c III tier and first class; 15 paise per km for a/c II tier; 30 paise per km for a/c I.

* Outlay of Rs.60,100 crore during 2012-13, the highest ever.

* Targeting freight carriage of 1,025 million tonnes to bring in Rs.89,339 crore; passenger earnings estimated at Rs.36,073 crore; gross receipts estimated at Rs.1.32 lakh crore.

* New passenger services: 820 new items; 75 new express trains; 21 new passenger trains; 75 new services in Mumbai suburban system.

* Standard of hygiene needs to be improved substantially; all out efforts will be made on this in the next six months; duty bound to provide high standard of services; special housekeeping body to be set up for stations and trains.

* Corrosion from night soil being discharged from toilets on tracks costs Rs.350 crore annually; green toilets to be installed in 2,500 coaches in the next one year.

* Improvement of passenger amenities at a cost of Rs.1,112 crore; regional cuisines to be introduced.

* Two thousand one hundred specially designed coaches manufactured to meet needs of the differently abled; aim to provide one such coach in each express train.

* Focus during next five years on five areas: tracks, bridges, signalling, rolling stock and stations.

* Signalling to be improved over 19,000 km.

* Investment of Rs.1.70 lakh crore on rolling stock in next five years.

* Attempt to increase train speeds to 160 kmph; journey time from New Delhi to Kolkata can be brought down to 14 hours from 17 hours.

* Improvements to railway stations can provide employment to 50,000 people.

* Railways will require Rs.14 lakh crore in the next 10 years for modernisation.

* Aim to bring down operating ratio from 90 percent to 84.9 percent in 2012-13 and to 72 percent by 2016-17.

* Time has come for formulating national policy for railways on the lines of that for defence and external affairs.

* Railways should grow at 10 percent annually for sustained GDP growth.

* Railways to invest Rs.7.35 lakh crore during 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17), a quantum jump from the Rs.1.92 lakh crore invested in previous plan period.

* Railways must attract 10 percent of the Rs.20 lakh crore government expects to spend on infrastructure during 12th Plan.

* Railways expect gross budgetary support of Rs.2.5 lakh crore during 12th Plan.

* Collective challenge to formulate viable funding mechanism for modernisation.

* Railways should contribute 2 percent of GDP from the present 1 percent.

* Stress on strengthening safety. Has to be be benchmarked with the best in the world.

* Target of reducing accidents from 0.55 to 0.17 has been met.

* Special purpose vehicle to be set up on safety protocols.

* Independent railway safety authority to be set up as statutory safety body.

* Investment of Rs.5.60 lakh crore required for modernisation.

* Independent tariff authority suggested; needs serious debate; experts panel established; decision after debate in parliament.

* Excess of Rs.1,492 crore after meeting expenses/dividend payments not adequate for meeting costs of several projects.

* World Bank funding of Rs.6,500 crore firmed up for dedicated freight corridors; land acquired for 3,300 km; first contracts to be handed out during 2012-13.

* Electrification to be undertaken over 6,500 km at an allocation of Rs.8,000 crore during 12th Plan.

* Conversion from DC to AC power supply completed in Western Railway corridor of Mumbai suburban rail system; conversion of Central Railway corridor to be completed in 2012-13.

* Elevated corridor from Churchgate to Virar in Mumbai being firmed up.

* Government should consider dividend payback to railways.

* Thirty-one projects over 5,000 km being implemented with state govenments sharing costs.

* Capacity augmentation to get Rs.4,410 crore during 2012-13.

* Eighty-five new line projects to be taken up during 2012-13.

* One hundred and fourteen new line surveys to be undertaken during 2012-13.

* New line projects to get Rs.6,870 crore in 2012-13.

* Gauge conversion to be undertaken over 800 km with an allocation of Rs.1,950 crore.

* GRP/RPF personnel deployed on 3,500 trains.

* Free travel by Rajdhani express for Arjuna awardees.

* Dedicated railway design wing at National Institute of Design with a contribution of Rs.10 crore.

* Guru Parikrama trains to be run to Amritsar, Patna and Nanded.

Rail Budget: Hike in rail fares from 2 paise per km to 30 paise per km.

NEW DELHI: Presenting a populist budget, railways minister Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday announced marginal hike in passenger fares ranging from 2 paisa per kilometre to 30 paisa per kilometre in various categories of trains despite noting that Railways was passing through a "difficult phase".

He also announced introduction of 75 express trains, 21 passenger trains and extension of 39 trains besides increase in the frequency of 23 trains.

Platform tickets have also been raised from Rs 3 to Rs 5. In his first Railway Budget, Trivedi announced increase in passenger fares by 2 paise per km for suburban and ordinary second class, 3 paise per km for mail/express second class and 5 per paise per km for sleeper class, 10 paise per km for AC chair car, AC-3 tier and first class.

AC-2 Tier will cost more by 15 paise per km while AC-1 will be dearer by 30 paise per km.

In his over 100-minute speech, Trivedi said these were aimed at rationalising the fares to cause "minimal impact" on the common man and "to keep the burden within tolerance limits in general".

He said he had been counselled to go for steep increase in passenger fares as there had been no increase in last eight years but he desisted from doing so "guided by the overriding concern for aam aadmi (common man)".

The proposed adjustments, he said, do not even cover fully the impact of increase in fuel prices during the last eight years.

"I am keeping the valuable passengers of Indian Railways insulated from the burden of increasing staff cost," he said.

Regretting that the budgetary support has not been at the levels required by the Railways, Trivedi said in the event of further increase in input costs it would not be possible for the railways to keep the passengers’ cushion from the impact of such increases.

Contending that the Railways was "passing through a difficult phase", he said the Budgetary support has been pegged at a "modest" level of Rs 24,000 crore as against a projected requirement of Rs 45,000 crore.

In the current year, the Mminister said although there were no arrears of the Pay Commission to be paid, the impact of allowances and several post-budgetary factors has been "very stressful" for the finances of the Railways.

Trivedi said there have been suggestions for creation of an independent Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority but since it requires serious debate, he had decided to set up a body of experts to examine this.

He said he was contemplating a system of segregating fuel component in the cost associated with passenger services and call it FAC (fuel adjustment component).

"The FAC will be dynamic in nature and will change in either direction with the change of fuel costs," he said.

The minister said Indian Railways Stations Development Corporation will redevelop 100 stations and maintain them on pattern of airports.

There is a plan to modernise 19,000 km of railway tracks, which cater to 80 per cent of traffic, says Trivedi.

The annual plan for railways for 2012-13 was put at the highest ever Rs 60,100 crore.

Passenger amenities would be given Rs 1,112 crore in 2012-13 as against Rs 762 crore in current year.

All metre gauge, narrow gauge sections would be made broad gauge, except heritage lines, by end of 12th Five Year Plan.

Trivedi said 800 km of lines to be gauge converted at Rs 1,950 crore in 2012-13.

725 km of new lines would be completed in the current year and Rs 6,725 crore has been earmarked for new lines, he said.

Survey would be taken up on 14 new rail lines in 2012-13. He said the budget will be a chain in the link and would seamlessly integrate with 12th Plan and Vision 2020 document of former Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee

Rail Budget: Railway minister announces 75 new express trains, 21 passenger trains

NEW DELHI: Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi has announced several new trains in his maiden budget speech. Presenting the rail budget, railway minister announced 75 new express trains and 21 passenger trains.

Dinesh Trivedi also announced Guru Parikrama trains to be run to Amritsar, Patna and Nanded.

Two double-decker trains and a Shatabdi train are among the new express trains announced in the Rail Budget 2012-13.

Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express, Chennai-Bangalore AC double-decker Express and Habibganj-Indore AC double-decker express trains were announced by railway minister Dinesh Trivedi while presenting hisRailway Budget 2012-13.

For northeast region, Trivedi announced introduction of Dibrugarh-Kolkata Express, Kamakhya-Lokmany Tilak AC express, and Kamakhya-Tezpur Intercity Express among other trains.

He also announced 75 additional services to run in Mumbai suburb.

For Kolkata Metro, Trivedi announced 50 new services to be introduced in the 2012-13. The Rail Budget also announced 18 additional services to be run in Chennai area.

List of new Express Trains announced in Railway Budget 2012-13

1. Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi

2. Secunderabad-Shalimar AC Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada

3. Bandra (T)- Bhuj AC Express (Tri-Weekly)

4. Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Udhampur AC Express (Tri-Weekly)via Ambala, Jalandhar

5. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via Roha, Vasai Road, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur

6. Kakinada-Secunderabad AC Express (Tri-weekly)

7. Yesvantpur-Kochuveli AC Express (Weekly)

8. Chennai-Bangalore AC Double-decker Express (Daily)

9. Habibganj-Indore AC Double-decker Express (Daily)

10. Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express (6 days a week) via Malda Town

11. Kamakhya-Tezpur Intercity Express (Daily)

12. Tiruchchirappalli-Tirunelveli Intercity Express (Daily) via Madurai, Virudunagar

13. Jabalpur-Singrauli Intercity Express (Daily) via New Katni Jn.

14. Bidar-Secunderabad Intercity Express (6 days a week)

15. Kanpur-Allahabad Intercity Express (Daily)

16. Chhapra-Manduadih Intercity Express (Daily) via Phephna, Rasra, Mau, Aunrihar

17. Ranchi-Dumka Intercity Express (Daily) via Deoghar

18. Barbil-Chakradharpur Intercity Express (Daily) via Dongoaposi, Jhinkpani

19. Secunderabad-Belampalli Intercity Express (Daily) via Kazipet

20. New Jalpaiguri-New Cooch Behar Intercity Express (5 days a week)

21. Ahmedabad-Ajmer Intercity Express (Daily)

22. Dadar (T) - Tirunelveli Express (Weekly) via Roha, Coimbatore, Erode

23. Visakhapatnam-Chennai Express (Weekly)

24. Visakhapatnam-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada, Manmad

25. Indore-Yesvantpur Express (Weekly) via Itarsi, Narkher, Amravati, Akola, Kacheguda

26. Ajmer-Haridwar Express (Tri-Weekly) via Delhi

27. Amravati-Pune Express (Bi-weekly) via Akola, Purna and Latur

28. Kacheguda-Madurai Express (Weekly) via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Jolarpettai

29. Bikaner-Puri Express (Weekly) via Jaipur, Kota, Katni Murwara, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur

30. Secunderabad-Darbhanga Express (Bi-weekly) via Ballarshah, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Ranchi, Jhajha

31. Bilaspur-Patna Express (Weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha

32. Howrah-Raxual Express (Bi-weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha, Barauni

33. Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Link Express (Daily) via Vizianagaram

34. Puri-Yesvantpur Garib Rath Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Guntur

35. Sai Nagar Shirdi-Pandharpur Express (Tri-weekly) via Kurduwadi

36. Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Gudur

37. Visakhapatnam-Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly) via Titlagarh, Raipur

38. Howrah-Lalkuan Express (Weekly) via Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Lucknow

39. Kolkata-Jaynagar Express (Weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha, Barauni

40. Dibrugarh-Kolkata Express (Weekly)

41. Firozpur-Sriganganagar Express (Daily) via Fazilka, Abohar

42. Jaipur-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Nagda, Bhopal, Narkher, Amravati, Akola

43. Okha-Jaipur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Ajmer

44. Adilabad-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Daily) via Mudkhed

45. Shalimar-Chennai Express (Weekly)

46. Mysore-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Bangalore, Dharmavaram, Bellary

47. Valsad-Jodhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Marwar

48. Porbander-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Viramgam, Vasai Road

49. Bandra (T) - Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Phulera

50. Hapa-Madgaon Express (Weekly) via Vasai Road, Roha

51. Bikaner-Bandra(T) Express (Weekly) via Jodhpur, Marwar, Ahmedabad

52. Ahmedabad-Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Jaipur, Mathura, Farrukhabad, Kanpur

53. Durg-Jagdalpur Express (Tri-Weekly) via Titlagarh

54. Mannargudi-Tirupati Express (Tri-Weekly) via Thiruvarur, Villupuram, Katpadi

55. Gandhidham-Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Morbi

56. Kota-Hanumangarh Express (Daily) via Jaipur, Degana, Bikaner

57. Jhansi-Mumbai Express (Weekly) via Gwalior, Maksi, Nagda

58. Secunderabad-Nagpur Express (Triweekly) via Kazipet

59. Kanpur-Amritsar Express (Weekly) via Farrukhabad, Bareilly

60. Chappra-Lucknow Express (Tri-Weekly) via Masrakh, Thawe, Padrauna

61. Karimnagar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Pedapalli

62. Anandvihar-Haldia Express (Weekly) via Mughalsarai, Gomoh, Purulia

63. Barrackpore-Azamgarh Express (Weekly) via Jhajha, Ballia, Mau

64. Indore-Rewa Express (Tri-weekly) via Bina

65. Running of independent train between Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin by delinking from 12405/12406 Bhusawal-Hazrat Nizamuddin and 12409/12410 Raigarh-Nizamuddin Gondwana Express

66. Darbhanga-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Raxaul, Sitapur, Bareilly, Kasganj, Mathura

67. Solapur-Yesvantpur Express (Tri-weekly) via Gulbarga

68. Chennai-Puri Express (Weekly)

69. Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Manmad, Itarsi, Ratlam

70. Asansol-Chennai Express (Weekly) via Purulia, Sambalpur, Vizianagaram

71. Shalimar-Bhuj Express (Weekly) via Bilaspur, Katni, Bhopal

72. Amritsar-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Weekly)

73. Santragachi-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Kharagpur, Chandil, Barkakana, Katni, Kota

74. Malda Town-Surat Express (Weekly) via Rampur Hat, Asansol, Nagpur

75. Dwarka-Somnath Express (Daily)

Passenger Trains

Koderma-Nawadih Passenger (6 Days)

Sriganganagar-Suratgarh Passenger (Daily)

Yerraguntla-Nosam/Nanganapalli Passenger (Daily)

Villupuram-Katpadi Passenger (Daily)

Gunupur-Palasa (via Parlakhemundi) Passenger (Daily)

Ajmer-Pushkar Passenger (5 Days)

Kota-Jhalawar City Passenger (Daily)

Bareilly-Kasganj Passenger (Daily)

Anandnagar-Barahani Passenger (Daily)

Rangiya-Tezpur Passenger (Daily)

Mysore-Shravan belgola (Daily)

Jodhpur-Bilara Passenger (Daily)

Villupuram-Mayiladuthurai Passenger (Daily)

Rohtak-Panipat Passenger (Daily)

Miraj-Kurudwadi Passenger (Daily)

Phulera-Rewari Passenger (Daily)

Mysore-Chamarajanagar Passenger (Daily)

Gorakhpur-Siwan Passenger (Daily)

Running of independent Passenger trains between Rewa-Bilaspur & rewa-Chirmiri by delinking from 51751/51752

rewa-Bilaspur Passenger & 51753/51754

rewa-Chirmir Passenger Mysore-Birur Passenger via Arsikere (Daily)

Jhansi-Tikamgarh Passenger via Lalitpur

MEMU

1. Dahod-Anand

2. Anand-Gandhinagar

3. Bina-Bhopal MEMU service in lieu of conventional services

4. Palakkad-Coimbatore-Erode

5. Ernakulam-Thrisur

6. Adra-Asansol

7. Adra-Bishnupur via Bankura

8. Sealdah-Lalgola

DEMU

Baripada-Bangriposi(Daily)

Masagram-Matnashibpur (Daily)

Mannargudi-Trichy-Manamadurai (Daily)

Hoshiarpur-Firozpur (Daily)

Siliguri-Changrabandha (Daily)

Pratapnagar-Chota Udepur (Daily)

New Jalpaiguri-Bamanhat

DEMU service in lieu of conventional services.

 Know the increase in train fares

Here’s how much you will end up paying on some key routes after the increase in passenger fares announced by railway minister Dinesh Trivedi in his budget.

Delhi-Lucknow (AC-3): Rs 50

Delhi-Lucknow (sleeper): Rs 25


Delhi-Indore (AC-3): Rs 80

Delhi-Indore (sleeper): Rs 40


Delhi-Kolkata (AC-3): Rs 145

Delhi-Kolkata (AC-2): Rs 218

Delhi-Kolkata (AC-1): Rs 436

Delhi-Kolkata (sleeper): Rs 75


Delhi-Ahmedabad (sleeper): Rs 45

Delhi-Ahmedabad (AC-3): Rs 90

Delhi-Ahmedabad (AC-2): Rs 145

Delhi-Ahmedabad (AC-1): Rs 270


Delhi-Mumbai (AC-3): Rs 140

Delhi-Mumbai (sleeper): Rs 70


Delhi-Patna (sleeper): Rs 50

Delhi-Patna (AC-3): Rs 100


Delhi-Bhopal (AC chair car): Rs 70

Delhi-Bhopal (AC-3): Rs 70

Delhi-Bhopal (AC-1): Rs 210

Delhi-Bhopal (sleeper): Rs 35

Delhi-Chennai (sleeper): Rs 43

Delhi-Chennai (AC-3): Rs 217

Delhi-Chennai (AC-1): Rs 435.

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