Budget 2018: WIFI and CCTV facility will be given in all trains

Bengaluru suburban rail project gets K'taka govt's nod for initial phase

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday allocated Rs. 17,000 crore to add 160 km of suburban network in Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka which goes to polls later this year.

The Ministry of Railways is having a rethink on flexi-fares and bringing in a dynamic pricing system that will help increase occupancy and enhance revenues, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. This was displayed by the finance ministry's slashing of the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) by Rs 15,000 crore last month following a review. He added saying 4000 kilometers of the railway network is to be commissioned for electrification during 2017-18.

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Special allocations for doubling of 90-km railway track in Mumbai and for developing the railway infrastructure in the maximum city alone amounted to Rs 51,000 crore. In fact, highest priority has been given to the AC trains, which come at a price tag of Rs 16,380 crore. Talking about the Modi government's pet bullet train project, Jaitley said that an "Institute is coming up Vadodara to train people for the project".

Provision of amenities like escalators at identified railway stations, Wi-Fi and CCTVs in passenger trains and redevelopment of 600 major railway stations are welcome steps to satisfy the passengers to a great extent and will also prove quite useful from the point of view of their security and comfort. Gauge conversion targets have also increased by 74 per cent to achieve the required 1,000 route kilometres.

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The finance minister has also promised Wi-Fi connectivity and CCTV camera surveillance at all stations. The following development comes in the wake of Elphinstone Railway Station tragedy that claimed several lives.

Acknowledging that the demand for transportation in Bengaluru is so high and no existing mode of transport can meet the growing demand, the state cabinet favoured the implementation of suburban railway system covering 440.8 km. "Each train will have a capacity to carry 1,800 to 2,000 passengers per trip", Jayachandra revealed.

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