* To up speed of some trains to 160-200 km/hour
* Diamond quadrilateral to have high-speed rail connectivity
* Need 9 trln rupees for Diamond Quadrilateral project
* Aim to up staff benefit fund to 800 rupees/capita vs 500 now
* Mull Railway University of tech, non-tech nature
* To start Interactive Voice Response for food quality feedback
* To offer air-conditioning in loco cabins
* Aim to enable buying of platform, unreserved tickets online
* E-ticketing system to accommodate 120,000 users at a time
* To up e-ticketing capacity to 7,200 ticket/minute vs 2,000 now
* Plan to take up eco, education tourism, in Northeast states
* To explore building boundary wall around tracks via PPP
* Facility for buying platform, unreserved tickets via Internet
* Aim to recruit 4,000 Railway Police Force constables
* Ladies coaches to be escorted by women rail police force
* Bio-toilets to be increased in trains
* Have 11,563 unmanned level crossings; aim to eliminate them
* To allot 17.8 bln rupee to eliminate unmanned level crossing
* Ultrasonic systems to be used to detect rail fractures
* Corpus funds for upkeep of stations mooted
* Coin-operated ticket vending machine to be experimented
* People can book seat, berth, coach via online booking
* To have RO drinking water units at stations, in trains
* To extend onboard housekeeping services to all major trains
* To use CCTV to monitor cleanliness at stations
* To outsource cleaning activities at 50 stations
* To set up a separate division for housekeeping
* To have food courts at major stations
* Propose to provide workstation for business passengers
* To introduce branded, pre-cooked ready-to-eat meals on train
* To involve individuals, corporates for passenger amenities
* Rail retirement room to be extended to all stations
* To have battery operated cars at major station platforms
* Plan to prioritise, set timeline for ongoing projects
* To focus on aggressive indigenisation of imported pdts
* Internal sources insufficient to meet expenses
* New projects will do injustice to struggling railways
* Automatic door closing technology in mainline, suburban train
* Examining all unmanned level crossings in detail
* 400 bln rupees needed for track renewals
* Indian Railways needs immediate course correction
* Unveiling new projects injustice to a struggling organisation
* Spent 184 bln rupees on doubling 5,050-km tracks in 10 years
* Four 30-year-old projects not yet completed
* Spent 410 bln rupees on 3,700-km new lines in 10 years
* More projects we have thinner we spread our resources

Railway Budget 2014 - 15


* Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train proposed
* Allocates 1 bln rupees for Diamond Quadilateral
* Special train to throw light on life of Swami Vivekananda
* To have special package trains for some tourist circuits

* Target FY15 passenger traffic revenue of 446.5 bln rupees
* FY15 plan outlay seen 476.5 bln rupees
* FY15 total expenditure pegged 1.49 trln rupees
* FY15 pension provision seen at 288.5 bln rupees
* To scale down FY15 IRFC mkt borrowing to 117.9 bln rupee
* FY15 ordinary working expenses 1.13 trln rupees
* FY15 freight earning pegged 1.06 trln rupees
* Aim freight traffic growth of 4.9% in FY15
* See 4.9% growth in freight traffic FY15
* Aim freight earnings of 1.06 trln rupees in FY15
* FY15 total receipts pegged 1.64 trln rupees
* FY15 estimate surplus 6.02 bln rupees
* FY15 budget allocation for cleanliness up 40% on year
* Maximum plan outlay for projects to be completed in FY15

* FY14 passenger earnings down by 9.68 bln rupees
* FY14 gross traffic receipts up 12.8% at 1.39 trln rupees
* FY14 working expenses 975.71 bln rupees
* FY14 surplus 37.83 bln rupees
* FY14 internal resource generation short by 27.9 bln rupees
* FY14 freight earning short by 9.4 bln rupee vs revised aim
* FY14 operating ratio at 94%
* FY14 gross traffic receipt 1.39 trln rupees
* Gross traffic receipts short of revised aim by 9.42 bln rupee
* FY14 passenger earning short by 9.7 bln rupee vs revised aim
* Bore 23 paise/passenger per km loss in FY14
* Unrealistic to depend only on fare hike to meet fund needs
* Fare revision decision was tough, but necessary
* Fare hikes will bring additional 80 bln rupees to Railways
* Need to explore alternate sources of resource mobilisation
* Only depend on fare hikes for mobilising funds
* Mismanagement, apathy led railways to cash-starved status
* Spent 94 paise for every 1 rupee in FY14

* Rail revenue to be linked to fuel prices
* Revenue foregone on suburban fare hike rollback 6.1 bln rupee
* To take corrective steps to combat fund crunch
* Require 1.82 trln rupees to complete 359 projects
* Need 5 trln rupees/year for next 10 yrs for ongoing projects

* Even high-speed train projects need PPP financing
* Seeking nod to allow FDI in railways
* Bulk of new projects to be financed via PPP
* Looking at PPP for raising bulk of resources
* Need foreign, domestic private investment for rail infra
* Need private FDI investment in railway sector
* Need to explore PSU surplus resources for rail infra projects
* Bulk of future projects to be funded via PPP mode
* Need to leverage Railways’ PSU resources
* Unrealistic to hike fares and burden passengers
* Govt funding insufficient to meet requirements
* Need to explore alternate sources of invest for railways
* Mull private investment in rail infra
* Incomplete projects need 1.82 trln rupee invest
* To seek Cabinet OK for FDI in railways, except operations
* Foot-overs, lifts, escalators at major stations via PPP

* Safety, cleanliness are high priorities
* Tariff policy adopted so far lacked practical approach
* The more projects we add the thinner we spread ourselves
* Freight rates revised periodically to compensate for losses
* Past focus has been on sanctioning projects, not execution
* Decline in freight traffic is revenue forgone
* Sustaining social duty hard without sacrificing efficiency
* Currently railways caries only 31% of total freight in India
* Indian Rail backbone of supply chain of defence establishment
* India Rail carries over 1 bln tn freight per year
* Vast tracts of hinterland still wait for connectivity
* Have 12,500 trains carrying 23 mln passengers/day
* Aim to be largest freight carrier in the world
* Feel there’s solution for challenges faced by railway
* Flooded with requests for new trains