Railway budget highlights

Highlights of the 2010-11 railway budget presented by Mamata Banerjee in parliament Wednesday:

— Impact of Sixth Pay Commission recommendations placed at Rs.55,000 crore

— Gross earnings in 2009-10 estimated at Rs.88,281 crore

— Working expenditure in 2009-10 estimated at Rs.83,440 crore

— Expenses during 2010-11 estimated at Rs.87,100 crore

— Thrust on expansion in 2010-11 with allocation of Rs.4,411 crore

— Kashmir role link to be extended to Sopore

— Net profit of Rs.1,328 crore in 2009-10

— 10 automobile ancillary hubs to be created

— Twenty-two million energy saving CFLs for lighting distributed already

— Policy decision to employ one member of family whose land is requisitioned for railway projects

— North-south, east-west dedicated freight corridors to be created

— Construction of high-speed passenger rail corridors envisaged

— More multi-functional hospitals to be set up

— Educational facilities to be set up for children of 80,000 women families

— Special facilities to be established for gangmen

— Insurance facilities for licensed porters as part of railway’s corporate social responsibility

— Centre for railway research to be established with Indian Institutes of Technology and Defence Research and Development Organisation

— Will involve unions in policy making

— Integral Coach Factory Chennai to be further modernised

— New wagon repair shop in Mumbai

— Design, development and testing centre for railway wheels at Bangalore

— Within five years, all unmanned level crossings to be manned

— Construction of more underpasses, besides road overbridges

— Greater coordination with state governments to protect railway property

— Security of women passengers to be improved

— Ex-servicemen to be employed in Railway Protection Force

— Five sports academies to be set up; astroturf to be provided for development of hockey; employment opportunities for sports persons

— Railways to be lead partner for Commonwealth Games

— Special drive to increase passenger amenities

— Upgradation of 94 stations

— Six new drinking water bottling plants in public-private partnership (PPP) mode

— Modern toilets at railway stations

— More ticketing centres to help the public

— Acquisition of cutting edge safety technology

— 1,000 route km to be created

— Special task force for clearing investment proposals in 100 days

— New business model to be created

— No privatisation; railways will remain with government but with greater participation of business community

— 117 of 120 new trains for current fiscal to be flagged off

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