Highlights of Railway Budget 2016

India's first rail auto hub, boost to e-catering, connectivity to North-East and no hike in passenger fares. Here's a quick recap of all major announcements made by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Key takeaways of Rail Budget 2016

No hike in passenger fares.

Action has been initiated on 139 budget announcements made last year.

Eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020.

Swacch Bharat: 17000 biotoilets and additional toilets in 475 stations before the close of this financial year.

Increased quota for senior citizens and women travellers this year.

Wifi at 100 stations this year and 400 stations next year.

Upgraded e-ticketing: Enhanced capacity of e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets/min to 7,200/min. Supporting 1.2 lakh concurrent users now, as opposed to 40,000 earlier.

CCTV Surveillance: All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner.

Deen Dayal coaches for long distance trains for unreserved passengers.

Local cuisine: IRCTC to manage catering service in phased manner. Local cuisine of choice will be made available to passengers.

Toilets cleaning on SMS: Cleaning of toilets by requests through SMS.

Baby Foods: Children's menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers.

Digital Display: GPS-based digital display in coaches for showing upcoming stations.

For the first time in Indian Railways, absolute reductions planned in categories like diesel, electricity.

8.5 lakh crore to spent over 5 years for modernization of railway infrastructure.

All-India 24X7 helpline for women.

LIC to fund Rs.1.5 lakh crore over five years on favourable terms.

Fully unreserved trains to be operated on high-density corridors.

Local art to be highlighted at railway stations.

New projects to be implemented this year

Overnight double-decker trains to be introduced on business travel routes.

Broad Gauge Lumding-Silchar section in Assam, connecting Barak Valley with rest of country.

1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km proposed for the next year.

North-East India, especially Mizoram and Manipur, to be connected through broad gauge soon.

Special purpose vehicle for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speech corridor registered this month.

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