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Speech of Shri Nitish Kumar
Introducing the Railway Budget, 1999-2000
on 25th February 1999 - Part II

Steps taken by Railways to increase Revenues

Sir, the freight loading in the current year has been a matter of concern despite various efforts made. Only recently some signs of recovery have been noticed and we hope that the coming year will be more favourable. Innovative marketing efforts are being made to increase loading on the railways and we hope to increase loading of 'Other Goods' traffic rather than depend only on core traffic like Coal, Iron & Steel, raw material for steel plants etc. Now I would like to elaborate the various steps taken by Railways to increase revenue :-
Ministry of Railways have reduced the classification of some commodities and have also given 'Volume Discount', so that we become more competitive. In addition, the facility of two-point rake loading has been provided at some stations and supply of rakes is being made in less than 48 hours.
A special package has been prepared for the Steel sector to attract traffic to railways.
Container Corporation is running trains at 100 kmph with wagons of new and advanced technology between Delhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai. This has reduced the transit time between Delhi and Mumbai from 95 hours to 48 hours. CONCOR also plans to run 40 CONTRACK trains per month to provide guaranteed transit services for expensive goods such as television, refrigerators, air-conditioners etc.
Full powers have been given to the General Managers to quote station-to-station rates so as to provide requisite impetus to the marketing efforts.
Sir, along with steps taken to increase freight loading, we have also decided to initiate certain other new measures to increase revenues in 1999-2000 :-
Leasing of front brakevan in all passenger trains for parcel traffic
Recommence manufacture of parcel vans with a view to increasing parcel traffic
Running of special parcel trains between important stations and trading centres in which some space will be available on lease
To bring transparency and competitiveness in catering contracts for Pantry Cars and Refreshment Rooms, two-packet system is being introduced. Provision for minimum licence fee is being made more than double the existing licence fees. Further, the security deposit by the contractors is being sufficiently increased to contain the tendency of malpractices.
It is proposed to increase minimum penalty for ticketless travel from Rs. 50/- to Rs. 250/-. While increasing revenues, this will reduce inconvenience to the genuine passengers.
The rates for commercial advertisements at railway stations, which are presently quite low, will be increased.
A separate Directorate is being created by RITES to offer consultancy services as well as provide implementation packages to our major freight customers. Making available a single window interface with the railways will enable our customers to reduce their total logistic cost in using the rail mode of transportation.

Passenger Services

Sir, people's representatives and the public often make requests to either start new trains, increase the frequency of trains, extend the run of trains or provide additional halts. Much as I would like to, it is not always possible to fulfill such demands due to limitation of resources and other technical reasons. However, within the available resources, it is proposed to provide the following 14 new train services :-
Chennai - Tirupati Shatabdi Express
Shalimar - Haldia Intercity Express
Secunderabad - Machhilipatnam Express
Mumbai - Sawantwadi - Madgaon Intercity Express
Kurla - Patna Superfast Express (Biweekly)
Amritsar - Dharbanga Express via Narkatiaganj (Biweekly)
Jaipur - Bangalore Express via Secunderabad (Biweekly)
Guwahati - Chennai Express (Biweekly)
Delhi - Gandhidham Express (Biweekly)
Delhi - Coimbatore Express (Weekly)
Pune - Ernakulam Express (Weekly)
Raichur - Gulbarga Intercity Service
Kamakhya - New Bongaigaon Passenger
Patna - Mughalsarai Passenger via Gaya
The frequency of the following trains will be increased :-
8017/8018 Howrah - Purulia Express from 6 days a week to daily
8463/8464 Bangalore - Visakhapatnam Express from 2 days a week to 4 days a week
1095/1096 Pune - Ahmedabad Ahimsa Express from 3 days a week to 4 days a week
2101/2102 Kurla - Howrah Super Deluxe Express from weekly to 3 days a week
The run of the following trains will be extended :-
4047/4048 Delhi - Gorakhpur Express to Raxaul via Narkatiaganj
5207/5208 Amritsar - Barauni Express to Katihar
4737/4738 Bikaner - Jaipur Express to Ajmer (M.G.)
5741/5742 Alipurduar - Siliguri Intercity Express to New Jalpaigur express on 2 days a week to Bhusaval
6343/6344 Ernakulam - Nizamuddin Swarnajayanti weekly Express to Tiruvananthapuram
2307/2308 Jodhpur-Howrah Express (daily) running via Grand Chord will run via Main Line one day in a week.
On completion of gauge conversion, the following improved broad gauge services shall be provided :-
Four pairs of passenger services on Narkatiaganj-Gorakhpur section
Three pairs of passenger services on Indara - Phephna section
Three pairs of passenger services on Lalkuan - Kashipur section

 

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