a cash surplus before Dividend of Rs. 20,000 crore in fiscal* 2006-07
signifying an impressive Rs. 5300 crore in a year from Rs. 14,700
cr. in the previous fiscal.
freight impact on industry is in the right direction and the general
approach of the budget is to improve efficiency and output. The
minister is taking innovative measures and if this tempo continues
Railways will be one of the pillars of our growth in the coming
P. Choudhary, Chairman,
CII-Railways Equipment Division
Railways are now working like a private sector corporation. We wish
other public services, especially in the social sector, like education
and health would follow suit," Habil
Budget proposal would give enough encouragement for huge capacity
building of steel, cement and coal sectors." - Venugopal
N Dhoot, President, ASSOCHAM
budget truly heralds a modern approach to managing the largest public
service through use of technology and innovation.” - R.Seshasayee,
fiscal year begins on April 1
implementation of dynamic pricing policy for freight loading which
has yielded the expected results prompted the railways to make its
commercial policy too as a dynamic one.
present the wharfage rates and free time are the same at all terminals
whether small or big, busy or unused. We have decided to increase
free time allowed for loading and unloading and to reduce wharfage
rates at under utilized small terminals.
demurrage rates are uniform throughout the year though utilization
of wagons is more during the peak season and less during non-peak
season. We have, therefore, decided that during non-peak period
on an experimental basis, at a few terminals, one hour
extra free time will be given depending on the state
of usage of the terminals.
Policy based on Traffic Route
than half of the Railways traffic runs on high-density routes. Due
to lack of traffic, two-thirds of Railways network is being utilized
at far less than its capacity. It has now been decided that
goods traffic originating and terminating on these underutilized
routes will be given a discount on normal freight rates.
of Wagon Investment Scheme
At present customers subscribing to
wagon investment scheme and container train licensees have to buy
their own wagons. It is proposed to allow any person to avail
the benefit of these schemes by procuring or leasing wagons or containers. Currently
wagon investment scheme is limited to open and covered wagons. In
order to expand the scope of the scheme, we have decided to extend
the benefits of the wagon investment scheme for all types of general-purpose
wagon as well as special purpose wagons suitable for specific commodities.
Proposals of charging of freight, on the basis of per train kilometre
instead of per tonne kilometre, for wagons meant for lighter commodities
like motor vehicles will also be considered.
HIGHLIGHTS OF RAILWAY
||Initiatives taken for improvement
in Freight Business
||Target for freight loading kept
at 785 Million Tonnes (MT) in 2007-08
||Mission 200 MT - Railways’ target
higher share in transportation of Cement and Steel - 200
MT each by 2011-12
||Mission 100 MT - container traffic
target of 100 MT by 2011-12
||Planning for Triple-stack container
trains on diesel route and double-stack container trains
on electrified route
||Railways offer to run Merry-go-round
systems of power plants
||Upgradation of Freight terminals
handling more than 15 rakes per month.
||22.9 tonnes and 25 tonnes axle-load
freight trains to run on more routes
||Production of wagons of higher
axle-load and payload to commence.
Wagon manufacturers to be encouraged
to design wagons with higher payload and new technology.
||Majority of air-brake trains to
be examined in accordance with premium CC or premium end-to-end
||Implementation of Unit Exchange
Maintenance for rolling stock to improve productivity.
||Zonal Railway to engage independent
marketing agencies for exploring further possibilities
in freight business.
||Initiatives in passenger business
||800 more coaches to be attached
in popular trains
||Plan to provide cushioned seats
in unreserved second class coaches
||Increase in unreserved second
class coaches from four to six in every new train
Efforts will be made to increase
unreserved second class coaches in existing trains also.
Facility for reservation of lower
berths for senior citizens and women above 45 years
Increase in provision of special
coaches (SLRD & SRD) for Physically challenged passengers
Vendor coaches for sections frequented
by milk and vegetable vendors and other retail sellers
More convenient, comfortable and
high capacity new design passenger coaches will be manufactured
||Concession of 50 percent
in second class for candidates appearing for main written
examination conducted by SSC and UPSC
||Facilitating travel by passengers
||Countrywide Train Enquiry call centres – Common Tel. No.
||Pilot project for providing hand
held terminals to TTEs in reserved coaches to update PRS
with onboard vacancies for giving reservation to passengers
at ensuing stations without delay
||Expansion of reserved ticketing
||PRS counters to be opened at premises
of Post-offices and Defence organizations to be operated
||e-ticketing services through State
Government’s e-services, Petrol pumps, Bank’s ATMs etc.
||Expansion of Unreserved Ticketing
||UTS counters to be increased to
8000 in the next 2 years
6000 Automatic Ticket Vending
Machines to be installed and linked to UTS in metropolitan
cities in the next 2 years
Coupon system for ticket distribution
to be extended to Kolkata and Chennai
Pilot project on Central Railway
for issuing suburban tickets through multi-purpose smart
||Passenger Amenities at Stations
||300 more stations to be developed
as modern stations.
||Year 2007 declared ‘Cleanliness
Year’ - Special campaign to ensure cleanliness in station
complexes, passenger trains, railway lines, waiting rooms
Five-year Plan – Railways’ new profile
of 1,100 MT freight loading and 840 crore passengers in
the terminal year of 11th Plan.
would be on doubling transport capacity and reducing unit
cost of transportation by increasing volumes. Short-term
strategy- investing in low cost high return projects for
eliminating bottlenecks and ensuring intensive asset utilization.
and long-term strategy – twin pronged approach of
network expansion and modernization and technical upgradation.
partnerships projects will play an important role.
of Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Ccorridors at
a cost of Rs 30,000 cr will commence from 2007-08
for completion during the 11th plan.
surveys for East-West, East-South, North-South and South-South
of the metre-gauge lines will be converted into broad-gauge
by the end of this five-year plan.
speed Passenger Corridors to be constructed to run trains
at more than 300 km/hr speed.
of suburban services through completion of MUTP Phase-1
and initiating MUTP Phase-2 through joint funding.
to provide air-conditioned suburban trains in Chennai,
Kolkata and Mumbai and escalators at important stations.
production of rolling stock will be doubled compared with
Production of high-horse power and energy efficient locos
to be increased.
increase in investment in IT to increase earnings, ensure
effective utilization of human and physical resources
and facilitate long-term policy decisions.
portal to be developed over next 3 years for better yield
time bound implementation of all FOIS modules by 2010.
package for workshops, production units and select Zonal
of trained dogs will be increased in the existing dog
frame and hand held metal detectors to detect explosives
being installed in many sensitive divisions and
CCTV, smart video cameras etc for sensitive stations.
vacancies will be filled in the RPF on all India basis.
Ram Railway Suraksha Bal Academy (Lucknow) has been recognised
as Centralized Training Institute.
new Garib Raths to be introduced
New Trains : 32 pairs
Extension of Trains : 23 pairs
Increase in Frequency : 14 pairs
emerging International image
to impart training to railway personnel of African
Railway Board elected as first chairman of Asian Railway
Association and also as first non European President of
International Railway Union (UIC)
on high alert
Adequate funds are being made available for Passenger Amenities
and machinery and Plant plan heads for procuring necessary equipments
and other resources for Railway security works.
increasing the number of trained dogs in the existing dog squads,
arrangements are being made for installing explosive detection devices,
door-frames and hand-held metal detectors in many sensitive divisions
of the country. Equipments like CCTV and smart video cameras have
already been installed at sensitive stations.
Rs. 5,500 crore has been allocated towards Depreciation Reserve
Fund for the year 2007-08 as compared to Rs. 2,100 crore provided
in 2001-02. The number of accidents is expected to be less than
200 in 2006-07, against 473 in the year 2001 despite the fact that
the gross traffic volume has increased from 724 million train kilometres
in 2001-02 to 825 million train kilometres in 2005-06.
Rs. 17,000 crore Special Railway Safety Fund, most of the works
of renewal of overaged tracks, bridges track circuiting and rolling
stock would be completed by the end of the this fiscal and all remaining
works are scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.
production of better crash worthy coaches has commenced. The number
of such coaches would be increased to ensure the safety of passengers,
the minister said in his Budget speech.