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Railway Budget 2015-16

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented the Rail Budget 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha on February 26, 2015. Railway Minister in his first Rail Budget announced a record investment plan of over 1 Lakh crore in 2015-16 while sparing the passengers of a fare hike. Railway Minister also proposed a number of steps to increase passenger amenities, Mr. Suresh Prabhu in his maiden budget for the Indian Railways promised to balance passenger needs and long-term interests of the organisation and benchmark it globally on quality, safety and reach. In words of Railway minister, there will be no hike in passenger fares and focus will be on improving passenger amenities, including cleanliness.

No announcement of ant new train was another important highlight of Rail Budget 2015-16 which happened to be the first time. Besides, the Rail Budget also announces, faster speed of existing trains, Wi-Fi in 400 stations, user-friendly ladders to mount upper berths, easier norms for unreserved tickets, 17,000 bio-toilets in trains, better connectivity in north-east, and cameras for safety of women travellers. Railway minister also announced that the advance reservation period had been extended from 60 days at present to 120 days to check the rising menace of touts.

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