Rail Budget – Live Coverage

Special care for Railway employees

Presenting the Rail Budget 2011-12, Mamta Banerjee announced special ounces for railway employees. The entire railway cadre will be restuctured to ensure the promotion of employees. Also, the scholarship schemes for children of railway employees has been raised to Rs 1200. Banerjee also announced to induct 16000 ex-servicemen from March 2011.

New Railway factory to be set up in Jammu & Kashmir

To meet the increasing demand of rail coaches, railway minister Mamta Banerjee has announced to set up several new factories in India. For the first time since independence, Jammu & Kashmir has got the proposal for a new bridge factory of Indian railways. Besides this, a diesel locomotive industry is to be setup at Manipur, Metro coaches factory in Singur and a rail industrial park at Nandigram

No hike in fares, E-booking charges reduced

Mamata Banerjee has announced that there will ne no hike in passenger fares. However, an added announcement declared a reduction in E-booking charges. The booking charges have been reduced by Rs 10 for AC and Rs 5 for non AC. At last, the railway minister kept on her promise of presenting a “Common Man Budget”.

New trains introduced by Mamta

Rail Budget 2011 introduced a fleet of new trains on many routes of Indian railways. 9 new Duronto trains, 3 Shatabdi‘s and 56 super Fast trains are set to run on tracks. Following is the summary of new trains introduced :
9 Duronto Trains : Allahabad-Mumbai, Madurai-Chennai, Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri, and Mumbai Central-New Delhi routes (Non AC), Allahabad-Mumbai, Sealdah-Puri, Mumbai Central-New Delhi, Ahmedabad-Rohtak (AC).
3 Shatabdi Trains : Pune-Secunderabad, Jaipur-Agra and Ludhiana-Delhi.
56 Express Trains


2 AC Double Decker Trains : Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.
Special trains on Vivekanad and Tagore anniversaries.

Super AC class in Indian Railways

Presenting the Rail Budget 2011, Mamta Banerjee took a goant step forward in attracting passengers from higher traits of the society. The union railways minister announced a new Super AC class in Indian railways, catering to the needs of corporate travelers. The e-booking charges for AC have also been reduced by Rs.10.

New Smart Card for long distance travel

While presenting the Rail Budget 2011, Mamta introduced a new concept of Smart Card – “Go India” for long distance travel by Indian railways. The all new concept is expected to benefit passengers traveling long distance by cutting down their time and cost of buying multiple tickets.

  • Mamta concludes her Rail Budget speech.
  • No hike in railway fares.
  • 50% discount twice an year for journalists and their families.
  • Two new passenger terminals in Kerala and one each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal proposed.
  • New Super AC Class to be introduced in Indian Railways.
  • Ticket booking price reduced for E-booking, concessions for senior citizens.
  • New trains introduced for Vivekananda, Tagore birth anniversaries.
  • 2 New thermal power plant to be set up in AP & Agra.
  • EMU coaches increased from from 9 to 12 Mumbai suburban system.
  • Railway’s Centre for excellence to be set up in Darjeeling.
  • 1,075 km new rail lines to be laid down in FY12.
  • Proposed 12,000 acre for dedicated freight corridor.
  • Freight loading aim at 993 million tonne in FY12
  • Double-decker air-conditioned trains introduced for Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.
  • 3 new Shatabdi trains : Pune-Secunderabad, Jaipur-Agra and Ludhiana-Delhi routes.
  • Student special trains introduced.
  • Nine additional services for Chennai suburban service.
  • Double-stack container train introduced from Gujarat to Gurgaon.
  • 40% Concession on rail ticket for senior citizens.
  • 9 Duronto train, 15 suburban trains in Kolkata, 3 Shatabdi trains & 56 express trains introduces.
  • Railway earnings to exceed Rs. 1 lakh crore : Mamta
  • Two more wagon units to be set up in Kerala
  • 700 km of new rail track to be laid down.
  • Concession for physically handicapped people in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
  • 34 new services for Kolkata Metro.
  • Trolleys to be introduced at railway stations.
  • 9 Duronto train, 15 suburban trains in Kolkata, 3 Shatabdi trains & 56 express trains introduces.
  • Mamta condemns Lalu – “Lalu should not speak, he has done a lot for his state”.
  • Uproar in Lok Sabha – The house erupts against Kolkata friendly Rail Budget.
  • Railway liabilities increased due to 6th pay commission arrears.
  • Railway Cadres to be restructured, ensuring promotion of employees
  • Ticket booking charges reduced by Rs 10 for AC and Rs 5 for non AC.
  • Smart Card – ‘Go India’ introduced for long distance travel.
  • 2011 – “Year of Green Energy” : Indian Railways
  • “My budget focuses on modernization this year” : Mamta.
  • Number of trains increased to 18,000 from 16,100 last year.
  • Tax-free bonds for INR 100 billionto be issued by IRFC in 2011/12.
  • Proposed railway coach factory in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Mamta : “Rail based industries by 2020”.
  • Mamata starts her speech for Rail Budget 2011-12.
  • Mamata calls Rail Budget 2011 “Common Man Friendly”.
  • Lalu Prasd Yadav slams upcoming budget for being Bengal centred.
  • Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expecting a “budget for all”.
  • Mamta arrives in parliament.
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