Indian Railway Budget 2006-07 declaring Year 2006 as the Year of Passenger Service with a Smile, has left second class passenger fares unchanged and announced 18 per cent reduction in AC first class and 10 per cent in AC second class fares. 55 new trains will start and there is no across-the-board increase in freight charges. 50% concession in Second Class fares to farmers, milk producers and disabled has been announced.
HIGHLIGHTS OF RAILWAY BUDGET 2006-07
Year 2006 declared as the Year of Passenger Service with a Smile
Strategy to shrink queues at booking counters
Charges leviable on issue of e-tickets reduced.
i-ticket and e-ticket can also be bought through Rail Travel Service Agents.
800 more UTS centres to be opened.
200 automatic ticket vending machines in Mumbai suburban area to be installed.
‘Jansadharan Ticket Booking Scheme” formulated to make available pre-paid UTS counters to unemployed youth.
Under the ‘Gramin Ticket Booking Service’, agency being given at roadside stations to unemployed rural youth for issuing tickets.
Improvement in passenger amenities
All ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations to be made model stations.
Help of architects to be taken in all divisions to make station buildings more beautiful, comfortable and with modern look.
Modern facilities such as ATM, cyber cafes, etc. to be provided at all major stations.
A pilot project for giving the publicity rights for an entire division to a single agency, through open tender.
Pilot project started to upgrade retiring rooms, waiting rooms, station buildings, lavatories, etc. under public-private partnership schemes at a few stations, to be expanded further.
Modern facilities in Passenger Trains
New technology LHB design passenger coaches to be used in Patna, Sealdah Rajdhanis also.
Four popular trains to be provided with world-class passenger amenities and interiors.
IRCTC to award license through open bidding to provide all on board services.
These services will also be made available on such mail and express trains without a pantry car.
Overaged tracks and bridges and track circuiting work on all stations on A, B and C routes to be completed by March 2007.
Balance works under SRSF to be completed by March, 2008.
Renewal of assets becoming due after 2001 being sanctioned on a concurrent basis and executed.
Number of consequential accidents comes down from 473 in 2001 to 234 in 2004-05.
50% concession in Second Class fares to farmers and milk producers for travel to institutes of national level in other parts of the country for the purpose of training/learning better agricultural practices and dairy farming announced earlier extended to Sleeper Class.
50% concession in Second Class & Sleeper Class fares to persons who have lost their limbs in accidents or due to any other causes, for travel to institutes of national level, for transplantation of artificial limbs along with one attendant.
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