New projects and highlights of Railway Budget 2011 - 2012 by Mamata Banerjee


See details about the upcoming projects and other important highlights of Railway Budget 2011 - 2012 presented by honorable Railway Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee.

This Railway Budget may be the last budget for Mamata Banerjee as she is already aiming for Chief Ministership of West Bengal and the election can be announced any time after budget. This makes Railway Budget 2011 - 2012 most crucial one especially for West Bengal as both railway Minister and Finance Minister belongs to West Bengal and they are well prepared to end the 32 years Government tenure of Left front from West Bengal.

This time, Mamata Banerjee is not taking any chances. As the West Bengal elections is coming closer, she clearly wants to keep the top brass of the UPA government in the loop and secure the necessary clearances in advance.

During the preparation of Railway Budget Mamata Banerjee had some bitter experience with Pranab Mukherjee at Cabinet committee. Still out of more than 40 projects 13 projects are already in and some more are expected.

Projects for West Bengal in Railway Budget 2011 -2012


New Duronto Express in Railway buget 2011 -2012 will be introduced from Howrah to Guwahati and Chennai.

Frequency of three Durontos linked to Kolkata: Howrah-Mumbai, Howrah-Yashwantpur and Sealdah-New Delhi will be increased from twice weekly to 4 times in a week.

Survey proposal for the Sebak-Rangpo and Rangpo-Gangtok lines, apart from track construction between Murkongselek and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.

Highlights of Railway budget 2011 -2012 for common man


Highlights of the railway budget for 2011-12 presented in the Lok Sabha on Friday by railway minister Mamata Banerjee:

* No increase in fares.

* Earnings for 2010-11 set to exceed Rs.1 lakh crore.

* Working expenditure during 2011-12 estimated at Rs.87,000 crore.

* Outlay of Rs.57,630 crore for 2011-12, the highest investment in one year.

* Rs.10,000 crore to be raised through railway bonds.

* Budget combines strong economic focus with inclusion.

* Will develop business-oriented policies to aid industry.

* Happy to announce 85 PPP proposals received; set up single-window system to take these forward.

* Decided to set-up rail-based industries.

* Passing through a difficult phase; 97 percent increase in expenditure in 2010-11 due to implementation of Sixth Pay Commission report.

* Loss of Rs.3,500 crore in 2010-11.

* Ten-year backlog of 1.75 lakh jobs being addressed; 16,000 ex-servicemen to be given jobs in railways.

* Safety first priority; accident rate has come down.

* Anti-collision device, successful in North West Frontier Railway, to be extended to three more zonal railways.

* Railways always been a soft target but law and order a state subject. If railways are blocked in one region, this has a snowballing effect in other parts of the country.

* Will add 180 km of rail lines in 2011-12.

* All-India security helpline set up.

* New Durantos to be run on Allahabad-Mumbai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri, Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam, Madurai-Chennai routes, among others.

* Rail linkage to Gujarat from Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor.

* Integrated suburban network to be set up in Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and other cities; suburban system of Hyderabad to be strengthened.

* Mumbai suburban system's EMU coaches to be increased from nine to 12.

* Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojna to be launched.

* Industrial park to be set up in Nandigram, West Bengal.

* Railways to set up factory in Jammu and Kashmir.

* To set up Metro coach factory at Singur, West Bengal.

* First coach from Rae Bareli factory to roll out in next three months.

* Work on wagon factory in Orissa to begin after land is acquired.

* Manipur capital Imphal to be soon connected to railway network.

* Centre for excellence in software to be set up at Darjeeling.

* Fund to be created for socially desirable projects.

* Central Organistaion for Project Implemtaiton created; will create accountability for non-performance.

* Work started on two dedicated freight corridors.

* Work on upgrading 442 stations to be completed by March 31.

* Decision to start pilot projects to give shelter to homeless people living along the tracks in Mumbai.

* Multi-purpose smart card to be introduced for all-India travel.

* Airport-like trolleys to be provided at more stations.

* Railways to set up a sports cadre.

* Upgraded class of air conditioned travel to be introduced shortly.

* To adopt modern technology through centres of academic excellence.

* Train to run to Bangladesh to showcase Indian culture.

* Age for senior citizen's concession reduced to 58 from 60.

* Concession for physically handicapped and gallantry award winners for travel in Rajdhani and Shatabdi expresses.

* 50 percent concession for mediapersons with families to be increased from once to twice a year.


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