Rail Budget 2010-11: Mamta Banerjee focuses on aam admi

By parthodeep, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Delhi: Union Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee presented the Rail Budget 2010-11 for next fiscal in Lok Sabha today. The Rail budget 2010-11 laid special focus on PSU’s network expansion, while keeping the freight rates intact. Mamata’s speech emphasized on social responsibility, laying emphasized on her commitment to the “aam admi”. Confirming that Railway will not be privatized, she appealed the business houses to join hands for building partnership.

Mamata introduced a futuristic 10 year project called Vision 2020 aimed at modernizing railway network. According to Railway minister a special task force would be set up for early disposal of the projects.

The Railway Minister vowed “I prefer social responsibility to economic responsibility,”

Here are some salient features of Railway budget 2010 addressing the needs of aam admi

  • Village panchayats, hospitals and court would have a e-ticket counter. A railway counter might also be set up at the office of the District Magistrate.
  • Ensuring safety measures a ”chowkidaar” would be placed at every railway crossing in the next five years
  • Rs 1302 crores would be spent for the safety of passengers
  • Multilayer parking and cheap drinking water
  • 117 of 120 new trains to be flagged off in current fiscal
  • 6 bottling plants to supply water to Railways
  • Promises cleanliness ad better amenities on train
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