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Rail Budget presented No hike in passenger fares, Senior citizens quota up by 50%; Wi-Fi at 100 stations

New Delhi: ,

No hike in passenger and freight rates, over 65,000 additional berths, wi-fi services at 100 stations, improvement in passenger amenities including cleanliness, make rail a safer means of travel specially for women are some 
of the highlights of this year's Railway Budget 2016-17.
The other highlights include that Railway will generate 9 crore man-days employment by 2017-18 and 14 crore man-days by 2018-19. Shri Prabhu said it will bring all major stations of the country under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner, e-ticketing facility to foreign debit and credit cards for foreign tourists and NRIs and making Railways financially self sustainable.
Presenting his second rail budget in Parliament today, Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu said 'Reorganise, Restructure and Rejuvenate' are the three key mantras for his ministry. Proposing a plan size of one lakh twenty one thousand crore rupees in 2016-17, Shri Prabhu said by 2020, long felt desires of the common man are to be fulfilled.
They are reserved accommodation on trains availability on demand, time tabled freight trains and high end technology to improve safety record among others.
 In another milestone for the Railways, the minister said Tejas trains will operate at speeds of 130 kilometre and above.
He said time-tabled freight container, parcel and special commodity trains on a pilot basis and container sector would be opened to all traffic barring coal.
The minister proposed to develop Rail side logistics parks and warehousing in PPP mode. Shri Prabhu said 10 good sheds will be developed in 2016-17.
The minister said rail travel will be more comfortable with installation of 2,500 water vending machines, introduction of 1,780 automatic ticket vending machines and enhancing capacity of e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets per minute to 7,200 tickets per minute.
For differently abled-people, Shri Prabhu said online booking of wheelchairs and Braille enabled new coaches has already been introduced. Giving top priority to safety, the minister said over 1,000 unmanned level crossings have been eliminated.
Highlighting social initiatives undertaken by his ministry, Shri Prabhu said there will be a tie up with Health ministry to introduce AYUSH systems in 5 railway hospitals. He said gang men will be intimated about approaching trains with a device called Rakshak.