RAILWAY BUDGET

  • Online train ticket bookings touch 13.45 lakh on April 1 April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: A record 13.45 lakh rail tickets were booked online on the first day, Wednesday when the new rule of the railways came into force, allowing passengers to book tickets 120 days in advance rather than 60 days. Railways have extended the advance reservation period...
  • Lok Sabha passes Rail Budget, Centre pitches for a massive hike in investment March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Rail Budget for 2015-16 was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu making a strong pitch for a massive hike in investment for the Railways. Announcing several schemes to make the Railways stronger technologically, financially and commercially, he...
  • Mobile phone charging facilities to be provided in general class coaches, on-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu February 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has said that Indian Railways' Delhi Division is taking up a project for introducing on-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains on license fee basis. He said, depending on the response, the facility will be extended to all Shatabdi trains. Presenting the Railway Budget...
  • Rail Budget 2015: WiFi facility to be expanded to more railway stations, including smaller stations February 27, 2015

    New Delhi: In an effort to provide WiFi connectivity at more railway stations, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu brought category B stations under the cover of the facility. Prabhu, while presenting the railway budget, said WiFi facility is being provided at all A1 and A category stations. "Further, as part of Digital...
  • Indian Railways plans to launch SMS alert service for arrival, departure timings February 27, 2015

    New Delhi: For the convenience of passengers, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced introduction of SMS alert service informing travellers in advance about arrival and departure timings of the trains. "We propose to introduce an SMS alert service to inform passengers in advance the updated arrival and departure time of trains...
  • Rail Budget to improve passenger amenities: Labour Minister February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Hailing the Rail Budget as "progressive and well thought out", Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Thursday said it would improve amenities and infrastructure without burning a hole in passgengers' pockets. "This is a progressive and well thought out Rail Budget, without increasing the passenger fare. Moreover, there is an...
  • Talkathon: Suresh Prabhu to interact with people at 5:15 PM February 26, 2015

    On a day when he unveiled his first Budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will interact with the people via Talkathon on Thursday at 5.15 PM. Ask Questions on twitter with hashtag #AskMR. Live on Information and Broadcasting Ministry YouTube channel. ...
  • Government is working on a long-term plan for the railways: Manoj Sinha February 26, 2015

    Manoj Sinha told CNN-IBN that the government is working on a long-term plan for the railways. "We have introduced competitive element in railways which will give scope to better performance," he said. ...
  • Suresh Prabhu's hi-tech drive fails to take off on Railway Ministry site February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Even two hours after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu presented his maiden Budget speech in Parliament on Thursday, his vision and stress on technology upgradation was not reflected on the Budget page of the Railway Ministry site.The minister wanted to take the railways to a new height by...
  • Railway Budget 2015: Size of plan up by 52 per cent February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that the size of the Plan Budget has gone up by 52 per cent from Rs 65,798 crore in 2014- 15 to Rs 1,00,011 crore in 2015-16. Support from the Central Government constitutes 41.6 per cent of the total Plan...
  • Travellers from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata react to Rail budget 2015 February 26, 2015

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu played safe in his maiden Budget refusing to take the populist route of announcing a large number of new trains but also failed to take measures to increase the earnings of the public transporter by not increasing the passenger fare. ...
  • A well worded, directionless Rail Budget full of ideas: M Mallikarjuna Kharge February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: The Union Railways Budget is a very well worded one. It is a craftily worded Budget. Just like 'much ado about nothing'. As I have already mentioned, it is a very well worded speech, but has no plans for generating resources. You may have good ideas, but how...
  • Rail Budget 2015: 'Operation Five Minutes', 'hot-buttons', coin vending machines new features February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the Railways is introducing 'Operation Five Minutes' to ensure that a passenger travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within five minutes. Presenting the Railway Budget in Parliament on Thursday the Minister said the government is directing its efforts to make travel on...
  • Rail Budget is a good vision document, but where is the money? February 26, 2015

    (Sumant Chak is a former Additional Member of Railway Board. Below is his reaction to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu's maiden Budget.) What the Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has presented in the Parliament is a vision document. It is a good vision document. The only good thing or good part is...
  • Railway Budget 2015: No new trains, no fare hike, focus on cleanliness, tech and passenger amenities February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu played safe in his maiden Budget refusing to take the populist route of announcing a large number of new trains but also failed to take measures to increase the earnings of the public transporter by not increasing the passenger fare. With no major announcements, the...
  • Full text of Suresh Prabhu's Railway Budget 2015 speech February 26, 2015

    Indian Railway Budget Speech 2015-16 Speech of Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu introducing the Railway Budget for 2015-16 on 26th of February, 2015 Madam Speaker, 1. I rise to present before this August House the Statement of Estimated Receipts and Expenditure for 2015-16 for Indian Railways. 2. At the outset, let me thank the Hon'ble...
  • Railway Budget 2015: 'SMS alert' service for arrival and departure time of trains February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: The Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has said that it has proposed to introduce an "SMS alert" service to inform passengers in advance the updated arrival and departure time of trains at starting or destination stations in the budget. Similarly SMS alert would be sent 15/30 minutes in...
  • Mobile phone charging facilities in General Class, on-board entertainment on some Shatabdis February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that mobile phone charging facilities would be provided in general class coaches and the number of charging facilities would also be increased in Sleeper Class coaches. At present there are only two charging points in the Sleeper Class coaches of some trains. The...
  • Railway Budget 2015: Seventy Seven new railway projects worth Rs 96,182 crore sanctioned February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: While last mile connectivity projects continue to be accorded the highest priority, the Railways intend to fast track the sanctioned works on 7,000 kms of double/third/fourth lines and commission 1200 km in 2015-16 at an investment of Rs 8686 crore. Presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament Railway...
  • Rail Budget 2015: Nine major thrust areas, Indian Railways to be prime mover of economy February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, while presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16 in Parliament on Thursday, has said that there are nine thrust areas in this Budget. The first thrust area is that the Indian Railways will become prime mover of economy once again. Resource mobilisation for higher Investments is another...
  • Suresh Prabhu outlines four goals for transforming Indian Railways over next five years February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: The Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu in the 2015-16 Railway Budget has outlined four goals for Indian Railways to transform it over the next five years. These goals are: a) To deliver a sustained and measurable improvement in customer experience, the Indian Railways is launching initiatives that will...
  • Suggestions on social media used in Railway Budget 2015-16, says Prabhu February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said his ministry received an overwhelming response and suggestions on social media during the formative phase of the Railway Budget 2015-16. "We received over 20,000 responses from people on social media and some of the suggestions are there in the Budget," he said...
  • Railway Budget 2015: Prabhu declares all-India helpline numbers for train passengers February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Two three-digit all-India helpline numbers for passengers have been announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in the 2015-16 Railway Budget. For any travel related discomfort, medical emergency or catering complaint one can call on 138. Prabhu also announced that 182 will be the toll number for all security related...
  • No hike in passenger fare, Suresh Prabhu stresses on 'Swachh Railway' in his maiden Budget February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Sticking to the populist demand and reaching out to the common man, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu in his maiden Budget did not hike passenger fare. Advance booking for reserved tickets has been increased to 120 days from 60 days. Before 2012-13 there had been no increase in rail fares...
  • Suresh Prabhu recounts Mahatma Gandhi's famous train journey in his Rail Budget speech February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu began his Budget speech by recounting Mahatma Gandhi's famous train journey before he joined the freedom struggle. He said, "Bapu took a train voyage before starting the freedom movement." Prabhu said Gandhiji discovered India by travelling in third class which no longer exist. To celebrate 100th...
  • Parliament: Both Houses adjourned following protest by Opposition over Venkaiah's remarks February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for a while on Thursday morning before presentation of the Railway Budget -- Lok Sabha over Parliamentary Affairs Naidu's comments on the Opposition while the Rajya Sabha over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks about Mother Teresa. As soon as the Lok Sabha...
  • Modi the first PM to give Railways the importance it deserves: Suresh Prabhu February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Just ahead of presenting his first Budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu assured that government is committed to the betterment of the Railways. He also complimented Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the amount of attention that he is giving to the Railways. "PM has a dream to...
  • Live: Venkaiah Naidu clarifies his remark on Congress, tries to pacify the opposition February 26, 2015

    Uproar in Lok Sabha ahead of presentation of railway budget as opposition demands apology from Venkaiah Naidu for his remarks on the Congress. "I have not used any unparliamentary language , just spoke on what was in the past and present. I respect all leaders and parties," he stated. ...
  • What Twitterati expect from Suresh Prabhu's Railway Budget 2015 February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present his maiden Budget in Parliament at 12 noon on Thursday and people have high hopes from the Narendra Modi government. Sources said the focus of Budget will be on attracting investment, modernisation of trains through Wifi and transparency in railway systems. While...
  • Railway Budget 2015 live: No new trains, no fare hike, focus on cleanliness, tech and passenger amenities February 26, 2015

    Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu unveiled his first Budget on Thursday, did not increase passenger fare and put a lot of emphasis on cleanliness....