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Indian Railway Budget 2015 for Digital India

Today, Railways
Minister Suresh Prabhu presented the NDA government’s first full Railway
Budget.

He announced a
slew of passenger services aimed at improving the travelling experience of the
commuters and mentioned that the Railways Ministry received over 20,000
suggestions through social media and some of them have been incorporated into
the budget, reports Business
Today
.

Today, Railways
Minister Suresh Prabhu presented the NDA government’s first full Railway
Budget.

He announced a
slew of passenger services aimed at improving the travelling experience of the
commuters and mentioned that the Railways Ministry received over 20,000
suggestions through social media and some of them have been incorporated into
the budget, reports Business
Today
.

He said railways
need to go for a transformation and the quality of services is a priority for
his government.

The minister
announced several steps to revamp the facilities at the railway stations,
ticketing and other passenger services. Higher involvement of the private
sector in railways functioning is also one of the key elements of the railway
budget for 2015-16.

Here are the key
highlights that the Indian Railways plans to introduce:

  1. Enable booking
    of unreserved tickets on smartphones using debit cards.  
  2. E-catering
    service to be introduced on 108 trains and meals can be booked online through
    the IRCTC portal.
  3. Passengers
    will receive SMS alerts for train timings, including expected arrival times,
    delays, etc.
  4. Launching
    a multi-lingual e-ticketing portal.
  5. Will
    also launch an integrated customer-focused portal that will bring all railway
    consumer services on a single platform.
  6. On-board
    entertainment will be introduced on select Shatabdi trains on license-fee
    basis.
  7. Wi-Fi
    hotspots will be introduced to 400 railway stations across the country. Besides
    A and A2 category stations, these hotspots will also be introduced category B
    stations.
  8. Passengers
    will be allowed to book pick-ups and drops to and from railways stations on the
    IRCTC portal.
  9. Surveillance cameras on select mainline
    and ladies compartments will be installed. 
  10. Railways
    to raise reserved ticket booking window to 120 days vs 60 days now.
  11. Also announced plans to digitally
    integrate vendors to improve efficiency.
  12. Mobile phone charging facilities to be
    Provided in General Class coaches.

 

 

 

 

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