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HIGHLIGHTS OF RAILWAY BUDGET, 1998-99

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Introduction
Some issues and problems confronting the Railways and their possible solutions
Need for massive investments in Railways
Economy and Austerity Measures
Austerity in areas of hospitality, publicity, advertisements, inaugurations, ceremonies etc
Renewed emphasis on prevention of wastages and leakage of resources
Monitoring procedures to be put to fullest use and improved wherever required
Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs)
Administrative set up and procedure for recruitment by the RRBs thoroughly revamped
Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB) set up in Railway Board
RRCB to control all RRBs and issue policy instructions relating to recruitment
Performance in 1997-98
Railways lift 429.30 million tonnes as against the target of 430 million tonnes
Higher by 20 mllion tonnes than 1996-97
Over 64 million tonnes of incremental loading achieved in the past three years
5 per cent growth recorded in passenger traffic
Revised estimate target of 'Excess' of Rs 1,470 cr likely to be achieved, with marginal variation
Plan expenditure expected to be at Revised estimate level of Rs 8,403 cr
Passenger Services
New trains to be introduced in 1998-99
Bhopal-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express
Varanasi-Kurla Express
Bhagalpur-Patna Intercity Express
Madurai-Coimbatore Express(MG)
Guntur-Secunderabad Express
Mangalore-Kurla Express (via Konkan Railway)
Tiruchchirappalli-Howrah Express (tri-weekly)
New Delhi-Muzaffarpur Swatantrata Senani Express via Ballia and Ghazipur (bi-weekly)
Sealdah-New Coochbehar Uttar Banga Express (bi- weekly)
Bangalore-Visakhapatnam Express via Guntakal (weekly)
Kurla-Howrah Super Deluxe AC Express (weekly)
Kurla-Nagpur Super Deluxe AC Express (weekly)
Increase in frequency of trains :-
7029/7030 Hyderabad-Cochin Express from 3 days a week to daily
4863/4864 Marudhar Express from 4 days a week to daily- on additional three days train to be routed via Faizabad
5209/5210 Amritsar-Barauni Janseva Express from 3 days to 5 days a week
2715/2716 Nanded-Amritsar Express from 3 days to 5 days a week
8603/8604 - 8605/8606 Ranchi-Delhi Swarna Jayanti Express from 2 days to 4 days a week
6339/6340 Mumbai-Nagercoil Express from 3 days to 4 days a week
8403/8404 Puri-Ahmedabad Express from 3 days to 4 daysa week
5219/5220 Kurla-Darbhanga Express from 2 days to 3 days a week
9047/9048 Surat-Patna Express from 1 day to 2 days a week
1031/1032 Pune-Varanasi Express from 1 day to 2 days a week
1029/1030 Pune-Howrah Express from 1 day to 2 days a week
Extension of run of trains :-
6683/6684 Mangalore-Palghat Express to Tiruchchirappalli
9759/9760 Delhi-Jaipur Intercity Express to Jodhpur
3447/3448 Dadar-Bhagalpur Express (four days a week) to Guwahati once a week
Improved BG services to be introduced after completion of gauge conversion :-
Bandra-Bikaner Express
Jorhat-Guwahati Express
Jodhpur-Ahmedabad intercity Express
Tiruchirappalli-Chennai Pallavan Express
Chennai-Tiruchchirappalli Rockfort Express
Bijapur-Hotgi Passenger (3 pairs of Push-pull services)
Express train between Secunderabad-Hubli
Villupuram-Tiruchchirappalli Passengers (3 pairs)
Tiruchchirappalli-Lalgudi Passenger
Extension of 523/524 Kacheguda-Mahbubnagar Passenger to Dronachelam
Extension of 535/536 Secunderabad-MahbubnagarPassenger to Kurnool Town
Extension of 7607 / 7608 Secunderabad-Mahbubnagar Tungabhadra Express to Kurnool Town
Extension of Purna-Mudkhed Passenger to Adilabad
Services to be introduced after completion of New Lines :-
Bhubaneswar-Rourkela Express via Sambalpur
Talcher-Sambalpur Passenger
Main line EMU services :-
Kanpur-Shikohabad
Durg-Bilaspur
Asansol-Jhajha
Purulia-Barddhaman
DMU services :-
Daund-Pune
Tiruchchirappalli-Karur
Buxar-Danapur-Patna
Mhow-Indore(MG)
Patna-Rajgir
Rail Bus services :-
Tumsar Road-Tirodi
Silchar-Jiribam(MG)
Junagarh-Dhari(MG)
Trains to be diverted via the Konkan Railway:-
2617/2618 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Mangalore Mangala Express
6333/6334 Thiruvanthapuram-Rajkot Express (weekly)
6337/6338 Cochin-Rajkot Express (weekly)
6335/6336 Nagercoil-Gandhidham Express (weekly)
Load of existing popular trains to be increased to 24 coaches on selected routes
First class accommodation to be revived in limited manner
Swarn Shatabdi Express to replace New Delhi-Amritsar-Shatabdi
Tatkal scheme to be extended to all super fast trains during 1998-99
Concession to senior citizens enhanced from 25% to 30%; now extended to all upper classes as well; available in all trains including Rajdhanis and Shatabdis
Candidates attending interviews for Central Government jobs to get full concession in Second class
Facility of advancement or postponement of date of journey extended to wait listed/RAC passengers
To facilitate wait listed passengers, reservation charges to be collected along with fare
Refund now possible at all Zonal Railway headquarters in addition to ticket issuing stations
Licenced shoe-shine boys to get facility of outpatient treatment in Railway hospitals
Two tourist trains planned in collaboration with private sector
"Fairy Queen" tourist train finds its name in Guinness Book of Records
Pantry car services to be provided on additional eight trains
Computerisation of Passenger Services
Provided at 339 locations covering 95% of total reservations
Networking of computer systems established between New Delhi-Secunderabad extended to Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai soon
Provision of computerised reservation being extended to stations with 200 reservations per day, instead of 300 as at present.
Freight Traffic
Thrust to winning back non-bulk, less than trainload traffic
MOUs signed to introduce innovative transportation packages in collaboration with private sector enterprises in the form of road-railers and roll-on-roll-off services
Konkan Railway Corporation
Konkan Railway line become fully operational
Annual Plan 1998-99
Plan size increased to Rs 9,500 cr from Rs 8,300 cr in the interim Budget; to be financed through internal resources : Rs 4,400 cr,Capital from General Exchequer : Rs 2,200 cr and market borrowings of Rs 2,900 cr
Emphasis on New Lines, Doubling, Traffic Facilities, Track Renewals, Signal & Telecommunications, and Passenger Amenities
New Lines
Lines completed during 1997-98
Jogighopa- Goalpara - to provide vital rail link between the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra
Nischintapur to Kasinagar
During 1998-99, Railways to complete
Angul-Maneswar portion of Talcher-Sambalpur new line Goalpara-Guwahati
Panihar-Khajuri sector of Guna-Etawah line, thus connecting Guna and Gwalior.
New Line projects included in the Budget
Ranchi to Koderma via Hazaribagh and Barkakhana
Deoghar to Dumka
Raichur to Gadwal
Rajgir to Tilaya via Hisua
Restoration of Fatuah - Islampur railway line
Gauge Conversion
Sections to be converted to BG in 1998-99 :-
Mudkhed-Adilabad (BOLT)
Narkatiaganj-Gorakhpur
Tambaram-Tiruchirappalli
Tiruchirappalli-Dindigul
Bayyappanahalli-Yesvantpur
Babupeth-Balharshah
Solapur-Hotgi
Sheosagar-Moranhat
Mariani-Jorhat
Gauge Conversion works included in the Budget
Gandhidham-Palanpur
Thanjavur-Villupuram mainline
Bankura-Damodar river railway line
Doubling
In 1997-98, 160 km of doubling projects completed
In 1998-99, 284 km to be doubled, including Diva-Panvel section
Doubling of Korba-Gevra Road, Lucknow-Sultanpur and 5th & 6th lines of New Delhi-Tilak Bridge included in Budget
Electrification
Total electrified route -13962 km
445 route km electrified during 1997-98
500 route km to be electrified during 1998-99
Ninth Plan target kept at 2300 km
Track Renewals
Rs 1,425 cr provided at during 1998-99
Emphasis on track renewal on important routes carrying fast or heavy traffic
Effort to eliminate overdue renewals in A, B and C routes on priority in IX Plan
Suburban Transport System
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governments to participate in development of suburban systems in Mumbai and Chennai respectively
Barasat-Hasnabad section to be electrified
MRTS from Chennai Beach to Luz fully operational
Quadrupling of Borivali-Virar section to be funded through budgetary resources
Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) to be set up
Surveys
Surveys in the Budget for 1998-99
For suburban section
Study of an Inter-modal transport system for Bangalore
Techno-Economic study for identifying inputs required for Commuter traffic in Delhi and National Capital Region
New Line
Deoghar-Sultanganj
Ghuguli-Pharenda via Maharajganj
Agartala-Sabroom
Ujjain-Ramganj Mandi via Ghatia, Ghonsala, Agar and Susner
Madurai-Kottayam
Hyderabad-Raichur
Kaithal-Yamuna Nagar via Karnal
Rajanandgaon-Jabalpur
Extension of Etah-Baran line up to Shahjahanpur
Updating survey for linking Hastinapur
Urai-Mahoba/Harpalpur via Rath
Tohana-Abohar via Bhuna and Fatehabad
Hamirpur-Hamirpur Road
Daniawan-Shekhpura via Chandi, Biharsharif and Barbigha
Rail linking of Tonk
Merta Road-Ajmer
Rail linking of Pushkar
Gauge Conversion
Kalol-Kadi-Kotasan
Chickaballapur-Kolar
Bodinayakkanur-Madurai
Madurai-Coimbatore
Doubling
Gaya-Kiul
Delhi-Ahmedabad
Bandel-Katwa
Hasnabad-Barasat
Production Units
All production units achieve production targets and almost all record best ever performance in 1997-98
"Golden Peacock Award" for quality won by WAP
5 out of 6 Production Units secure ISO 9001 & 9002 certification
Welfare of Other Backward Classes
Railways to facilitate formation of association for other backward classes at the Railway Board's level
OBCs Association at Divisional, Zonal and Railway Board's levels to get the same facility as all India SC/ST Railway Employees Associations
Sports
30 out of 37 national titles won during 1997-98, an all time high by any sport organisation in the country
Two sportspersons win Arjuna award
Railway Sports Control Board to be renamed as Railway Sports Promotion Board

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