Rail Budget Speech: Railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's speech

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Rail BudgetSpeech of Sh. Pawan Kumar Bansal introducing the Railway Budget, 2013-14. (PTI)
Rail Budget speech of Sh. Pawan Kumar Bansal

introducing the Railway Budget, 2013-14

26th February 2013

1. Madam Speaker, I rise to present before this august House the Revised Estimates for 2012-13 and a statement of estimated receipts and expenditure for 2013-14. I do so with mixed feelings crossing my mind.

While I have a feeling of a colossus today, it is only ephemeral and is instantaneously overtaken by a sense of humility. Democracy gives wings to the wingless, cautioning us all the while, that howsoever high

or wide our flight may be, we must remain connected to the ground.

For giving me this opportunity, I am grateful to the Honble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the UPA Chairperson, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and pay my homage to the sacred memory of Sh. Rajiv Gandhi

who introduced me to the portals of this highest Temple of Indian democracy.

2. Madam Speaker, as I proceed, my thought goes to a particularly severe cold spell during the recent winter, when it was snowing heavily in Kashmir valley, and suspension of road and air services had brought life to a grinding halt. Photographs in Newspapers showing a train

covered with snow emerging from a similar white background, carrying passengers travelling over the recently commissioned Qazigund - Baramulla section instilled in me a sense of immense pride.

I recall here the inspirational words of Christine Weatherly:

When you travel on the railway,

And the line goes up a hill,

Just listen to the engine

As it pulls you with a will.

Though it goes very slowly

It sings this little song

I think I can, I think I can,

And so it goes along.

3. That is the strength of this organization, supported by

determination, commitment and dedication to duty demonstrated by each member of the 14 lakh strong Rail Parivar.

4. Indian Railways is a vital organisation, playing an unparalleled role in integrating the nation. From Baramulla in the north to Kanyakumari in the south, Dwarka in the West to Ledo in the East, trains of Bhartiya Rail always on the move, carrying people and material, creating opportunities and fostering development is a single most important catalyst in the growth story of our great Nation. Madam, I have hardly completed four months with Railways but it is a great feeling indeed to find myself identifying with the stupendous task assigned by the people of India to the railways.

5. In these few months, I have been overwhelmed by demands for new projects, new trains, and varied suggestions for improving the services, reflecting aspirations of the people of India. While Railways undoubtedly contribute significantly to the growth, progress and development of the country and is a powerful vehicle for mainstreaming remotest corners of the nation, the growth of Railways itself is inextricably linked with the overall growth of the country.

Dilemmas & Concerns

6. I wish to share with this august House some of the concerns that Railways are faced with today.

7. IR must remain financially sustainable so that resources generated can be ploughed back for efficient upkeep, operation and maintenance of the system itself for the benefit of the rail users. Major segments of its

business, freight as well as passenger need, therefore, to be based on sound economic principles and provide value for money to all customers. This august House is aware that growth of this crucial transport sector has not always conformed to these principles. Steep increase in input costs had to be met primarily through adjustment in freight rates. As a result, the ability of the railways to generate enough

resources to meet its operational expenditure as well as investment in 3 crucial planned activities such as enhancing safety, throughput capacity, users amenities etc. suffered.

8. The number of passenger trains has increased from 8897 in 2001-02 to 12335 in 2011-12. Yet, the losses on these operations continue to mount, increasing from Rs 4,955 crore in 2001-02 to Rs 22,500 crore in 2011-12 and is estimated to be Rs 24,600 crore in 2012-13. This has also

resulted in deterioration of services extended to our esteemed passengers.

9. Mounting scarcity of resources continues to stare us in the face.

Thin spread of funds has only compounded the problem. In fact, I find that many of the projects which would help railways in debottlenecking and decongesting its over-saturated network are not getting funded in a time bound manner. During the XI Plan, Railways could meet the target of new lines and electrification but fell short of the targets for doubling and gauge conversion, achieving only 2758 km and 5321 km respectively. Considering the vastness of our country, and taking into account large areas still aspiring for rail connectivity, the targets need to be much higher and the rail network has to be expanded at a much faster rate than has been possible till now.

10. Planning Commission has tentatively pegged the Railways 12th Plan at Rs 5.19 lakh crore with a Gross Budgetary Support of Rs 1.94 lakh crore, internal resources of Rs 1.05 lakh crore, and market borrowing of Rs 1.20 lakh crore, with another Rs 1 lakh crore expected to be raised through public private partnership route. The internal resource target, which is 1.6 times that of XI Plan, also appears a tall order as we could allocate only Rs 10,000 crore in the first year of the 12th Plan. The onerous task of raising the balance amount of Rs 95,000 crore in the next four years calls for a paradigm shift in our approach to tariff and nontariff segments of earnings.

Safety & Security

11. The railway family is deeply grieved over the most unfortunate and tragic incident which occurred at Allahabad station during the 4 ongoing holy Kumbh. I am particularly pained that such an incident happened despite the most meticulous planning and efforts put in by the railways to take care of the comforts, safety and other requirements of the pilgrims. While monetary support provided to the victims

families does not provide balm for the pain and misery caused, the

incident has shaken us and we would strive to build in a higher level of

contingency margin in our future planning.

12. Madam Speaker, rail passengers deserve safe and comfortable

travel. Safety is a necessary mandate for running trains. With the

untiring endeavour of the railway family to address human failure and

technical deficiencies, there has been a significant reduction in the

incidence of rail accidents. Even though the volume of passenger and

freight traffic increased manifold, the number of consequential train

accidents per million train kilometre has decreased from 0.41 in 2003-04

to 0.13 at the end of 2011-12. The target of bringing this figure to 0.17 by

2012-13, stipulated under the Corporate Safety Plan introduced since

2003 was surpassed in the year 2011-12 itself. We will strive to work

towards a zero accident situation.

13. The Committees headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar and Sh. Sam

Pitroda have laid down a roadmap for improving safety and bringing

about modernisation of Railways. While some of the recommendations

of the two Committees have been taken up for implementation, the rest

are under active consideration of the Ministry.

14. A disquieting issue which weighs my mind down is accidents at

level crossings. 40% of consequential accidents and 60% of fatalities are

accounted for by level crossings. While railways regularly undertake

awareness drives, a permanent solution lies only in eliminating the

crossings. Railway Safety Fund set up to finance safety works at level

crossings has been very useful, but is proving to be inadequate.

Railways annual share from the Central Road Fund is only Rs 1,100

crore against a requirement of almost Rs 5,000 crore. Meeting estimated

requirement of nearly Rs 37,000 crore at present day cost for eliminating

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31,846 LCs, out of which 13,530 are unmanned, would only be possible

with enhanced support from the Central Road Fund.

15. Some of the measures taken/proposed to be taken to strengthen

safe operation of trains are:-

i. elimination of 10,797 level crossings during the 12th Plan and

not adding any new LC to the IR system henceforth;

ii. continued thrust on improved Signalling for not only ensuring

much better safety for train operations but also enhancing the

track capacity;

iii. introduction of Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) on

automatic signalling systems;

iv. following successful completion of initial testing, the

indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System

(TCAS) is proposed to be put to rigorous trials to validate the

technology under complex operational conditions;

v. upgradation of track structure using 60 kg rails, 260 meter long

welded rail-panels and improved flash butt welding

technology;

vi. induction of Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains (SPART) with

speed potential of 160/200 kmph on trial basis with a view to

putting in place a fast and reliable disaster management system;

vii. progressive induction of crash-worthy LHB coaches having

anti-climb feature;

viii. 17 bridges on IR which have been identified as distressed have

been sanctioned for rehabilitation to be completed over next

one year.

16. Madam, accidents caused due to fire, even though very infrequent,

have been a major cause for concern. Some of the measures taken

include:-

i. provision of Comprehensive Fire and Smoke Detection System

on pilot basis;

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ii. provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake

Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains;

iii. enhanced use of fire retardant furnishing materials in coaches;

iv. social awareness campaigns for observance of safe practices.

17. With a view to provide long term perspective and focussed

attention for enhancing safety, I propose to initiate an exercise of making

Corporate Safety Plan for a ten year period (2014-24).

18. The Railway family is deeply grieved by some incidents of death

of elephants on railway tracks passing through forest areas. Several

measures have been initiated in consultation with Ministry of

Environment & Forests, which I am confident will substantially reduce

such accidents and safeguard the lives of these gentle giants.

19. To strengthen the security of rail passengers, especially women

passengers, Railways have already created four companies of women

RPF personnel and another eight would be set up. Recruitment to RPF

is being conducted with 10% vacancies reserved for women. The

presence of women RPF personnel will be further strengthened with the

field units.

20. Many trains are being escorted by Government Railway Police and

Railway Protection Force in sensitive sections. Further, the Ladies

Special local trains in Metropolitan Cities are being escorted by lady RPF

Staff. Security helpline numbers have been made available on several

zonal railways to facilitate passengers in reporting any untoward

incidence for immediate intervention.

Passenger Amenities

21. The widespread disappointment of the travelling public with the

state of cleanliness and hygiene at stations and trains, bedrolls and

catering has often been highlighted in this august House. As a frequent

rail-traveller, I have experienced this personally. Resource constraint

cannot be a reason for sub-standard services and efforts need to be

directed for providing reasonable quality of facilities to rail-users. I am

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committed to bring about a marked change in the level of passenger

amenities. It is my firm belief that Railways efforts towards introducing

new trains, or extending the run or frequency of existing trains should

not be at the cost of amenities for passengers and safety. Some of the

measures taken/proposed to be taken for improving passengers travel

experience are as follows :-

i. Identification of 104 stations, serving a population of more than

one million or those serving places of religious/tourist

importance for immediate attention to all aspects related to

cleanliness;

ii. progressive extension of bio-toilets on trains;

iii. provision of concrete aprons on platforms with mechanised

cleaning facilities. 200 stations have already been covered;

iv. extension of On Board Housekeeping Scheme (OBHS) and

Clean Trains Stations (CTSs) to more stations and trains;

v. extension of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS), Automatic

Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Coin-operated Ticket

Vending Machines (CO-TVMs) and scheme of Jan-Sadharan

Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBSs);

vi. setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada,

Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad;

vii. launching of a pilot project on select trains to facilitate

passengers to contact on-board staff through SMS/phone

call/e-mail for prompt response for coach cleanliness and also

to provide real time feedback;

viii. setting up of 8-10 more mechanized laundries for quality

washing of linen;

ix. provision of announcement facility and electronic display

boards in trains for disseminating information to on-board

passengers about approaching stations, train running, arrival

platform, etc.;

x. providing free Wi-Fi facility on several trains to cater to the

increasing aspirations and requirement of our youth and other

valued customers;

xi. upgrading another 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to

980 already selected;

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xii. associate voluntary organisations for providing first aid

services etc. at railway stations.

NCR Stations

22. I recognize need for special attention to stations in National

Capital Region. Development of directional terminals began some years

back with opening of Anand Vihar station. Studies for terminal at

Bijwasan will be taken up during the year. Further, to augment

infrastructure and revamp the facilities at Delhi, New Delhi and Hazrat

Nizamuddin, works costing Rs 100 crore have been taken up.

Anubhuti

23. With increasing popularity of Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains, there

is also a demand for higher travel comfort. Responding to this need, to

begin with, IR will introduce one such coach in select trains which will

provide an excellent ambience and latest modern facilities and services.

Such coaches will be named Anubhuti with commensurate fare

structure.

Amenities for Differently-abled Passengers

24. Madam Speaker, India is a signatory to the UN Convention on the

rights of the disabled. We are conscious of our responsibility under the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To facilitate the boarding of

trains and exit from the stations for the differently-abled and the elderly,

the steps proposed include provision of 179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-

1 and other major stations, affixing Braille stickers indicating the layout

of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery

operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair

friendly.

25. In order to provide an employment avenue to the disabled people,

I propose to reserve a specified number of JTBS for them, keeping in

view the fact that the PCOs at stations have become largely redundant

after the mobile revolution in India.

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IT Initiatives for passenger benefits

26. To harness technology in myriad forms for bringing about

improvement in the lives of our people was the visionary plan of Sh.

Rajiv Gandhi. He was the trailblazer of the IT revolution in the country.

It has helped IR and crores of passengers in many ways. Today, I look

forward expectantly to the use of Aadhar scheme by IR. The database

generated, can be extensively and efficiently used by railways not only

to render more user friendly services such as booking of tickets,

validation of genuine passengers with GPS enabled handheld gadgets in

trains, but also to provide a better interface with its employees in regard

to their salaries, pension, allowances etc. I have had some discussion on

potential applications of Aadhar with Shri Nandan Nilekani. I plan to

roll out a more efficient and people sensitive Railway Services system.

Some of the measures initiated or afoot are:-

i. extending availability of the facility of internet ticketing from

0030 hours to 2330 hours;

ii. making e-ticketing possible through mobile phones;

iii. as a follow up to overwhelming response to IR website and

Integrated Train Enquiry Service under 139, a project of SMS

Alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status is

being rolled out shortly;

iv. covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information

System (RTIS), whereby rail-users will be able to access

information through nominated websites and mobile phones.

Ticket Reservation

27. I often get to hear that congestion at the IRCTC website causes

inordinate delay in accessing the system for e-ticketing. By the end of

this calendar year, we will put in place a Next Generation e-ticketing

system which will bring about a paradigm shift in internet rail ticketing

by significantly improving the end user experience in respect of ease of

use, response time as well as capacity. The system shall be able to

support 7200 tickets per minute as against 2000 tickets per minute today.

It will support 1,20,000 simultaneous users at any point in time against

the present capacity of 40,000 users with capability to easily scale up as

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demand increases in future. The system will make use of advanced

fraud control and security management tools thereby further improving

fairness and transparency in disbursal of tickets.

28. Some measures taken to curb malpractices in reserved tickets

including Tatkal are:-

i. mandatory carrying of ID cards by passengers with reserved

tickets;

ii. rigorous drive leading to prosecution of more than 1800 touts in

the current year;

iii. in case of tatkal, reduction of advance reservation period to one

day, issue of tickets only on production of ID proof at PRS

counters, issue of only one tatkal ticket per train per day to web

service agents;

iv. denial of access to agents to internet booking between 0800 to 1000

hrs.

Catering

29. Madam Speaker, I believe rail travel must be inextricably linked

with good quality, hygienic and affordable food, catering to all classes of

passengers. For effective quality control, arrangements are being tied up

with food testing laboratories in addition to third party audit. State-ofthe-

art base kitchens are proposed to be set up in railway premises for

better monitoring of quality of meals. ISO certification will now be

insisted upon for all base-kitchens.

30. A Centralised Catering Services Monitoring Cell with a Toll free

number 1800 111 321 has started functioning w.e.f. 18th January, 2013

to facilitate redressal of complaints/suggestions on realtime basis.

Rail Tourism

31. Railways form a popular mode of travel, both for domestic and

foreign tourists. To make the experience of tourists more pleasant, the

following steps are envisaged:-

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i. following popularity of Executive Lounge at New Delhi, setting

up of such facility at seven more stations namely, Bilaspur,

Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru;

ii. launching a multi-modal travel package with cooperation of

State Government of Jammu & Kashmir enabling passengers to

travel from Jammu through Udhampur, Qazigund to Srinagar and

Baramulla on a common rail-bus ticket;

iii. with the commissioning of railway line up to Katra very soon,

feasibility of issuing yatra parchis to pilgrims travelling by rail at

the time of booking of the railway ticket is being explored in

coordination with Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

32. The role of Indian Railways in unification of the country during

the freedom struggle is historical. I propose to run an educational

tourist train called Azadi Express to enable our youth to travel to

important places connected with the freedom movement. The train will

be made attractive and affordable through concessional fares.

Freight

33. Freight traffic has been the mainstay of internal resource

generation on the Indian Railways. I am happy to inform this august

House that this year the Indian Railways is set to achieve the milestone

of entering the one Billion Tonne Select Club, joining Chinese, Russian

and US Railways. This year the originating freight loading is estimated

to be 1007 MT, about 38 MT over 2011-12.

34. The initiatives taken to become a major heavy-haul carrier include

running of long-haul trains which has enabled us to join another select

club of Railways, which run freight trains of more than 10,000 tonnes

load. As a part of this initiative, 49 long loops, that could hold 1.5 km

long trains, have been sanctioned this year, besides large scale induction

of Distributed Power Systems to mitigate capacity constraints and

improve wagon utilisation.

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Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC)

35. Land acquisition for nearly 2,800 km of the eastern and western

freight corridors is almost complete. The first major civil construction

contract on the 343 km Kanpur-Khurja section of the eastern corridor has

already been awarded and by the end of 2013-14, construction contract

to cover up to 1,500 km on the two corridors would be awarded and the

work started. Preliminary Engineering-cum-Traffic Studies (PETS) have

been taken up on four future Dedicated Freight Corridors.

Projects of national importance

36. Madam Speaker, security of the nation is paramount, and our

brave soldiers make immense sacrifices to safeguard our frontiers.

Providing need based rail connectivity to border areas is uppermost on

Railways agenda. The national project of Udhampur-Srinagar-

Baramulla and other projects of strategic importance will be taken up on

top priority. For the first time the State of Arunachal has been brought

into the rail network and we shall commission the Harmuti-Naharlagun

line this year. Also I am happy to inform that works on the new line

railway project to connect state of Manipur are in full swing. We are also

fast tracking the gauge conversion works on Lumding-Silchar and

Rangia-Murkongselek. I am fully conscious of the difficult task of the

Finance Minister but hope that he will find ways to provide necessary

funds for important rail connectivity projects.

37. In view of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committees

and demands from various Border States, I will pursue for approval of

certain projects identified as being of national importance viz. Bilaspur-

Manali-Leh, Jammu-Poonch via Aknoor, Tanakpur-Bageshwar and

Parsuramkund-Rupai. I also propose to take up a new line between

Firozpur and Patti for providing direct rail link between border areas of

Firozpur and Amritsar/Atari.

Public Private Partnerships

38. An ambitious target of Rs one lakh crore has been set to attract

investments through PPP route during the 12th Plan. This is a

challenging area for IR considering the capital intensive, long gestation

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nature of rail infrastructure projects and limited success achieved so far.

Elevated Rail Corridor in Mumbai, parts of the DFC, redevelopment of

stations, power generation/energy saving projects, freight terminals are

areas proposed for private investment during the 12th Plan period.

Cooperation of state governments is also being sought to provide

momentum to these initiatives.

39. A target of Rs 1,000 crore each is proposed to be fixed for Rail

Land Development Authority and IR Station Development Corporation

in 2013-14.

40. The recently revamped participative policy enabling partnership

with ports, large mines, industry and investors addresses the specific

concerns of private investors. The models seek to create a win-win

situation by ensuring payback of investment mainly through freight

apportionment. An investment of up to Rs 9,000 crore is expected under

these projects including Rs 3,800 crore for port connectivity projects, Rs

4,000 crore for coal mine connectivity and Rs 800 crore for iron ore mines

connectivity improvements.

FOBs Across Stations

41. Some of the Honble Members have requested for construction of

foot-over bridges across stations. While this does not form part of the

existing scheme of things, I assure the august House that Railways

would be happy to become partners in such projects with the state

governments. Accordingly, a scheme for funding construction of FOBs

across stations is being firmed up.

Rail-Based Industries

42. To meet the increasing demand, reduce dependence on imports

and to generate employment opportunities, following new

manufacturing/maintenance facilities are proposed to be set up:-

i. a new Forged Wheel Factory at Rae Bareli for which an MoU has

been signed with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL);

ii. a Greenfield Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMU)

manufacturing facility at Bhilwara, Rajasthan in collaboration

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with state government and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited

(BHEL);

iii. a coach manufacturing unit in Sonepat district, Haryana in

collaboration with the state government;

iv. midlife rehabilitation (MLR) Workshop at Kurnool, Andhra

Pradesh in collaboration with the state government;

v. conversion of Bikaner and Pratapgarh workshops to undertake

POH of BG wagons;

vi. a workshop for repair and rehabilitation of motorised bogies at

Misrod, Madhya Pradesh;

vii. a new wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi district,

Odisha;

viii. a modern signalling equipment facility at Chandigarh through

PPP route.

43. As regards setting up of new coach factories at Palakkad and

Kolar, and a wagon factory in Ganjam district of Odisha, we are in

consultation with respective state governments. I am hopeful of early

commencement of work.

Railways PSUs & Production Units

44. Madam, I take pride in informing the House that all the 11 Public

Sector Undertakings of the Railways performed very well and paid

highest ever dividend. They were successful in securing several

important contracts in other countries for constructions/rehabilitation of

railway lines and supply of rolling stock, a testimony of their

professional strength. The dividend paid in 2011-12 was 14.3% higher

than in the previous fiscal.

45. Madam, Railways Production Units have contributed immensely

to the growth of the organization by ensuring regular supply of rolling

stock using improved technology. All of them achieved the production

targets in 2011-12.

Scrap Disposal

46. Railways have been annually disposing of scrap which not only

generates revenue but also helps in de-cluttering the work space. I

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intend to institute a special drive during the year to take up disposal of

scrap lying in stores depots, workshops, along the tracks and at

construction sites. A target of Rs 4,500 crore has been set for 2013-14.

Green Energy Initiatives

47. Railways remain firmly committed to protecting the environment

and promoting sustainable development and use of energy efficient

technologies. Some of the new steps that have been taken or are

proposed to be taken include:-

i. setting up of Railway Energy Management Company (REMC) to

harness potential of solar and wind energy;

ii. setting up of 75 MW windmill plants and energizing 1000 level

crossings with solar power;

iii. deployment of new generation energy efficient electric

locomotives and electrical multiple units (EMUs) saving about 60

crore units in 2011-12. Railways has also won the National

Energy Conservation Award;

iv. encourage more usage of agro-based and recycled paper and ban

use of plastic in catering.

Staff

48. The tradition of healthy and harmonious industrial relation across

length and breadth of Indian Railways was ensured during the year by

active participation of labour unions and officers associations in

decision making process at all levels of the management. This strong

tradition continues to nurture the vast organization and help in

discharging its national duty.

49. Madam, our 14 lakh employees constitute our most valuable asset.

I feel extremely humbled as head of this mammoth organization which

has given so much to the nation and touches the life of each one of us.

Some of the measures I propose to take for their welfare are:--

i. concerted efforts to fill up approximately 1.52 lakh vacancies this

year. It is a measure of popularity of railways as an employer that

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a staggering 2.2 crore applications were received. For the first time,

Railway recruitment examinations were held at more than 60 cities

across the country. In the process, a backlog of about 47,000

vacancies earmarked for weaker sections and physically

challenged is likely to get cleared.

ii. construction of staff quarters has been hampered by funding

constraints. Encouraged by the success of Ministry of Urban

Development in constructing quarters through PPP mode, I

propose to adopt the same in the railways. Yet, I have enhanced

the fund allocation under staff quarters by 50% over previous year

to provide Rs 300 crore;

iii. provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees

at all Divisional headquarters;

iv. extending the treatment facility in case of medical emergency to

RELHS beneficiaries to all cities where hospitals are empanelled

either with CGHS or with Railways;

v. condition of barracks would be improved to provide better living

conditions to personnel of RPF;

vi. Considering the stress faced by loco-pilots particularly in harsh

climatic conditions, it is proposed to provide water closets and air

condition the locomotive cabs.

Skill Development

50. With a view to contributing to the national skill development

programme of the Government, Ministry of Railways would impart

skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations spread across

the length and breadth of the country. These locations are: Agartala,

Alwar, Ankleshwar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Dimapur, Imphal,

Jagdalpur, Jais, Katihar, Kazipet, Kollam, Koraput, Lumding,

Mangalore, Murshidabad, Nagpur, Naharlagun, Pathankot, Ranchi,

Ratlam, Shimla, Sirsa, Srinagar and Tiruchchirappalli.

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51. I propose to set up a multi-disciplinary training institute at

Nagpur for imparting training in rail related electronics technologies.

52. Madam Speaker, Kautilya counselled, All undertakings depend

upon finance. Hence foremost attention shall be paid to the treasury.

The officers of Indian Railways responsible for professional

management of finances and accounts have to be endowed with

structured and professional training in contemporary areas and

equipped with necessary skills on a regular basis. This will enable them

to face emerging challenges and tap opportunities for strengthening the

finances of the organization. With this in view, I am happy to announce

the setting up of an exclusive Centralized Training Institute at

Secunderabad Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management

(IRIFM).

53. Railways is a fascinating organization. In order to motivate

students to study and undertake research on IR related issues at M.Phil

& Ph.D levels, I propose to institute 5 fellowships in national

universities. The fellowship will carry an appropriate stipend. I also

propose to set up a Chair at TERI to promote railway related research to

reduce our carbon footprint

Sports

54. Madam, Railways continued to excel in sports. In the London

Summer Olympics in 2012, Sushil Kumar won second consecutive medal

in Olympics. In the current year, Railways teams have already won 9

National Championships and the Railway Sports Promotion Board has

rightfully been awarded the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2012.

55. It has been decided that recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Award and Dhyan Chand Award shall be provided facility of

Complimentary Card passes valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC. Also,

Complimentary Card passes being issued to Olympic Medalists &

Dronacharya Awardees shall be valid for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabdi

trains, as in the case of Arjuna Awardees. Travel by Duronto trains shall

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also be permitted on all Card passes issued to sportspersons who have

the facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains.

Saluting the Brave

56. Our brave and valiant soldiers make immense sacrifices to defend

our borders. As a humble token of IRs gratitude, I have decided to

extend the facility of Complimentary Card Pass valid in 1st Class/2AC to

the parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Maha Vir Chakra,

Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Presidents Police Medal for

Gallantry and Police Medal for Gallantry.

57. I also wish to announce that police gallantry awardees shall now

be granted one Complimentary Pass every year for travel along with one

companion in 2 AC in Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains.

58. Presently freedom fighters are required to renew their passes

every year. This causes inconvenience to many of them in an advanced

age. I have, therefore, decided to raise this requirement of renewal to

three years.

Rail Heritage

59. Mountain Railways of India are the World Heritage Sites placing

India in an exclusive club of nations that include only Switzerland and

Austria. We are truly proud of this and are committed to take measures

to preserve them in good shape and health.

60. National Rail Museum, New Delhi is a premier institution holding

a large number of priceless rail exhibits. It showcases Indian Railways

history and its evolution. The Museum has come to acquire a prominent

place on the Delhi tourist map. To provide a memorable experience to

the visitors especially the children, a revamp plan will be rolled out in

2013-14.

Enforcing Strict Financial Discipline

61. Madam Speaker, apt is the saying, Money saved is money

earned. Austerity and economy in expenditure will be observed by the

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Railways rigorously and no wastages will be permitted. I would like to

inform the august House of some measures taken or proposed to be

taken for enforcing strict financial discipline:-

i. Taking note of the fact that progress on works approved in

successive Railway Budgets and through Supplementary

Demands for Grants in the last few years had been slow,

primarily on account of resource constraints, it was recognised

that this defeats the very purpose of taking vote on out-of-turn

basis rather than in the regular budget. Consequently, for the

first time in the last 25 years, railways did not present any

supplementary demands for grants either in Monsoon Session or

Winter Session of Parliament in 2012.

ii. The Railways were compelled to seek a special loan of Rs 3,000

crore from the Ministry of Finance during 2011-12. I am happy to

report that the entire loan amount along with interest has been

repaid in the current financial year.

iii. For the first time, 347 ongoing projects have been identified as

priority projects, and provided committed funding. We intend to

ensure funding of these projects at required level during the 12th

Plan so as to complete them in a time bound manner. It is

important that railways start reaping benefits on their

investments at the earliest. The thin spread of scarce resources

can be overcome only in this manner. I trust that the House will

appreciate this compulsion and support our proposal.

iv. For practical and realistic targets, it would require a judicious

mix of strategies, including liberal funding of last mile projects

and operationally important projects including the Dedicated

Freight Corridors.

v. To create a corpus for meeting IRs committed liabilities for debt

servicing of JICA and World Bank loans taken for the DFC

Project, it is proposed to set up a new Debt Service Fund.

vi. Targets for eliminating inefficiencies in the maintenance of

rolling stock and fuel consumption are being made more

stringent.

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62. I can assure the august House that the measures taken will help

the railways to close the current fiscal with positive fund balances as

against deficit closure during the last two successive years. However,

the road ahead is long with many a winding turn. The fund balances

need to be rebuilt to a reasonable level of at least Rs. 30,000 crore by the

end of 12th Plan after meeting the internal resource target of Rs 1.05 lakh

crore for plan expenditure.

Review of Financial Performance, 2012-13

63. Railways freight performance is based on a derived demand.

There has been a slower growth in freight loading than expected at the

beginning of the year and accordingly Railways had no option but to

scale down the budget target of 1025 MT to 1007 MT, though it still

reflects an increase of 38 MT over 2011-12. The freight earnings target

has also been adjusted to Rs 85,976 cr from the BE of Rs 89,339 cr, a

reduction of Rs 3,383 cr. Considering the partial rollback of passenger

fare increase, mitigated somewhat by the subsequent fare adjustment in

January 2013, the revised passenger earnings target is proposed at Rs

32,500 cr, i.e. a reduction of Rs 3,573 cr over BE, 2012-13.

64. I am keeping the Gross Traffic Receipts at Rs 1,25,680 cr in the

Revised Estimates as against the BE of Rs 1,32,552 cr.

65. Despite increase in costs and revision of energy charges, the

provision under Ordinary Working Expenses has been retained at BG

level of Rs 84,400 cr in RE. With increase in appropriation to Pension

Fund from Rs 18,500 cr to Rs 20,000 cr, necessitated by increase in

pensionary benefits and number of pensioners, the net revenue is

estimated to reduce by Rs 6,484 cr. The plan investment during the year

has also been adjusted from Rs 60,100 cr to Rs 52,265 cr.

66. I am happy to report to the august House that as a result of our

consistent efforts at maintaining strict financial discipline during the

year, the Operating Ratio is estimated at 88.8%. This is a source of great

satisfaction as the operating ratio has consistently been over 90% since

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1997-98. The only exception was during the three years from 2005-06 to

2007-08, the period immediately preceding implementation of VI Pay

Commission recommendations.

67. I take this opportunity to thank the Railway Convention

Committee for lowering the rate of dividend from 5% to 4% thus

providing a relief of about Rs 715 cr. I also thank the honble Finance

Minister for his understanding and consideration but I do believe that

one day Railways shall find ways to contribute to its infrastructural

projects.

A bird sitting on a tree has no fear of falling, not because of the strength of the

branch but because of faith in its own wings.

Budget Estimates 2013-14

68. Madam, I shall now deal with the Budget Estimates for 2013-14.

69. With the current estimates of growth of national GDP, I have kept

a target of 1047 MT of revenue earning originating traffic during 2013-

14, which is about 40 MT more than the current year. The freight

earnings target has accordingly been set at Rs 93,554 crore, a growth of

9%. The number of passengers is expected to increase by 5.2% and the

earnings target has been kept at Rs 42,210 cr.

70. Factoring in the impact of expected growth of 11% and 10% in

Other Coaching and Sundry earnings respectively, the Gross Traffic

Receipts are expected to be Rs 1,43,742 cr, an increase of Rs 18,062 cr

over the Revised Estimates of 2012-13. Ordinary Working Expenses have

been fixed at Rs 96,500 cr i.e. 14% higher than the current year and

appropriation to the Pension Fund at Rs 22,000 cr. Based on the likely

requirement of plan resources for renewals and replacement of railways

assets, the appropriation to Depreciation Reserve Fund has been kept at

Rs 7,500 cr.

71. The Excess left after payment of Dividend calculated at 4% would

be appropriated to Development Fund (Rs 3,550 cr), Capital Fund (Rs

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5,434 cr) and newly created Debt Service Fund (Rs 4,163 cr). The

Operating Ratio is expected to improve to 87.8% from the Revised

Estimate of 88.8%. Consequently, we will close the year 2013-14 with a

balance of Rs 12,506 cr in the Railway Funds.

Annual Plan 2013-14

72. Madam Speaker, the Annual Plan, 2013-14 has to be integrated

with the broad objectives and targets set for the 12th Plan. Yet, we must

be realistic in setting targets in the Annual Plan 2013-14, even if it means

that Railways would be faced with a stiffer challenge of enhancing

investment during the remaining three years of the 12th Plan. A plan

investment of Rs 63,363 crore is proposed for 2013-14. The Plan is

proposed to be financed through GBS of Rs 26,000 cr, Railways Share in

Road Safety Fund of Rs 2,000 cr, internal resources of Rs 14,260 cr,

market borrowings of Rs 15,103 cr and an expected mobilization of Rs

6,000 cr through the PPP route. The thrust of the plan is on doubling of

tracks, safety and passenger and staff welfare for which I have increased

the outlay from about Rs 11,410 cr in 2012-13 to Rs 13,220 cr, an increase

of 16%.

73. I would also like to thank the Minister for Rural Development for

agreeing to the request of railways to partner in some of the railway

related activities under MGNREGA.

Passenger Fares

74. Madam Speaker, looking to the key role played by the Railways in

meeting transportation needs of the people, any rise in passenger fares is

not and should not be viewed as a measure for profit generation. If the

fares remain at a level far below the cost of operations, the railways are

bound to find it hard to provide safe, clean and comfortable journey to

the travelling public. A modest annual increase of 5 to 6% in the fares

over a period of say ten years can provide about Rs one lakh crore by

way of additional resources, which can substantially finance internal

generation component of throw-forward of about Rs 75,000 crore and

give additional benefits to the travelling public by way of improvement

in services.

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75. It is only a financially strong organization that can deliver better

services and discharge its social responsibility effectively. The UPA

Government is sensitive to the needs of the people and it was after wide

consultation and deliberations, that some revision was effected in fares

from 22nd January, 2013. The revision is expected to realise additional Rs

6,600 cr in 2013-14.

Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC)

76. However, subsequent increase in the rates of HSD oil in January

2013 itself has added Rs. 3,300 crore to the fuel bill of Railways, taking

away a substantial portion of the additional resources targeted. Besides,

electricity tariffs are also revised periodically. The increase in fuel bill

during 2013-14 on account of these revisions in 2012-13 alone would be

more than Rs 5,100 crore. In the light of deregulation of the HSD oil,

Railways finances need to be rationally insulated and to this end a

mechanism to neutralize the impact of fuel prices on operating expenses

is required to be put in place. In the Budget 2012-13, my learned

predecessor had proposed to segregate fuel component in tariffs as FAC.

As then suggested, I propose that this component be dynamic in nature

and change in either direction with the change in fuel cost, say twice a

year. It is proposed to implement the FAC-linked revision in only

freight tariff from 1st April, 2013. As regards passenger fares, since these

were revised only in January this year, I do not intend to pass on the

additional burden to them now and railways will absorb the impact of

Rs 850 cr on this account.

77. There are a number of charges which have not been revised for last

several years. These charges are in the form of compensation for cost

actually incurred by railways in rendering relevant services. I propose

to effect marginal increase in some of these. These include

supplementary charge for superfast trains, reservation fee, clerkage

charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge. However, I propose to

abolish the concept of enhanced reservation fee with a view to simplify

the fee structure, having already discontinued development charge in

January this year.

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Rail Tariff Authority

78. Madam, my predecessor had mentioned the need for setting up of

an independent Rail Tariff Authority while presenting the budget for

2012-13. A proposal in this regard has been formulated and is at interministerial

consultation stage.

Infrastructure Expansion

79. In 2010-11 and 2011-12, Railways completed 709 km and 727 km

respectively of new lines. However, during 2012-13, emphasis was laid

on capacity enhancement works like doubling, traffic facilities etc. The

target of 700 km of new lines in the current year had to be scaled down

to 470 km due to inadequate resources. The sections which have either

been completed or are planned to be completed during 2012-13 are listed

at Annexure 1.

80. The target of 800 km for gauge conversion fixed for 2012-13 has

also been scaled down to 575 km. The sections which have either been

completed or are slated to be completed during 2012-13 are listed at

Annexure 2.

81. I am happy to report that that the target of 700 km of doubling

will be marginally exceeded during 2012-13. Sections which have either

been completed or are scheduled for completion during 2012-13 are

listed at Annexure 3.

82. Railways will complete electrification of 1200 route km. The

sections which have been completed or are likely to be completed in

2012-13 are listed at Annexure 4.

Metropolitan Transport Project

83. Construction of metro system in Kolkata from Dum Dum to

Noapara is scheduled to be completed by March, 2013. Works on the

MUTP Phase II, announced in the last budget, are also progressing

satisfactorily. I am happy to inform the august House that the first AC

EMU rake will be introduced on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14.

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The construction of East-West Corridor in Kolkata which is underway,

will be taken forward.

84. In order to meet the growing demand, 72 additional services in

Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata are being introduced. Besides, rake length is

being increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30

services in Chennai.

Targets for 2013-14

85. A target to complete 500 km of new lines has been set for 2013-14.

A list of sections proposed to be completed during the year is given in

Annexure 5.

86. It is targeted to convert 450 km of MG/NG lines to broad gauge

during 2013-14. The sections are given in Annexure 6.

87. The target for Doubling has been increased to 750 km for 2013-14.

The sections proposed to be completed in 2013-14 are given in Annexure

7.

88. I also wish to announce resumption of work on new line projects

of Chickmagalur - Sakleshpur and Bengaluru - Satyamangalam, which

were pending for want of resources and other mandatory clearances,

after State Government of Karnataka agreed to give land free of cost and

bear 50% of the cost.

89. As we have seen, trains to various religious destinations are

always overcrowded. To facilitate pilgrims journeys, I have decided to

add more trains to these places. Amongst the five Sikh Takhts, it is only

Takht Shri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo which is not connected by

a rail link. I, therefore, propose to take up construction of railway line

from Rama Mandi to Maur Mandi via Talwandi Sabo to provide this

link.

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New Projects

90. I propose to take up following new projects in 2013-14:

New Lines

1. Bhupdeopur-Raigarh (Mand Colliery) (through PPP);

2. Gevra Road-Pendra Road (through PPP)

3. Jaisalmer (Thiyat Hamira)-Sanu;

4. Karaikal-Peralam;

5. Rewari-Rohtak new line extension up to Makrauli;

6. Sultanpur to Kadipur;

7. Thanjavur-Pattukkottai.

Gauge conversion of Mavli-Bari Sadri section.

Doubling

1. Alwar-Bandikui;

2. Chennai Central-Basin Bridge Junction (5th & 6th lines);

3. Danea-Ranchi Road;

4. Dapper-Chandigarh;

5. Garhwa Road-Ramna;

6. Hajipur-Ramdayalu;

7. Jarangdih- Danea;

8. Palanpur- Samakhiali (through PPP);

9. Rae Bareli Amethi;

10. Vatva-Ahmedabad (3rd line).

Electrification

1. Delhi Sarai Rohilla Rewari Palanpur Ahmedabad

including Kalol-Gandhinagar-Khodiyar and Alwar-Bandikui-

Jaipur-Phulera

2. Jakhal-Hisar

3. Jakhal-Dhuri-Ludhiana

4. Rajpura-Dhuri-Lehra Mohabhat

5. Singapur Road-Damanjodi

91. I have been receiving representations from Honble Members,

State Governments and other public representatives in large numbers

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for construction of new lines, gauge conversion, doubling, and

electrification and also for surveys. I have been pondering over them for

the last one month. They are all genuine and reflect the growing need

and demand of the most preferred mode of transport of the people in

the country. I would sincerely wish to take up all those projects but am

severely constrained for the reasons submitted earlier. Given this

conspectus, despite the resource crunch, I propose to take up 22 projects

of new lines and one gauge conversion project on socio-economic

consideration and one doubling project after obtaining necessary

approvals/clearances. These are:

New Lines

1. Ajmer-Kota (Nasirabad-Jalindri)

2. Anandnagar-Ghugli via Maharajganj

3. Barwadih-Chirmiri

4. Chickballapur-Gowribidanur.

5. Chickballapur-Puttapurthy-Sri Satya Sai Nilayam

6. Chola-Bulandshahar

7. Cumbum-Proddatur

8. Delhi-Sohna-Nuh-Firozpur Jhirka-Alwar

9. Dimapur - Tizit

10. Faizabad-Lalganj via Akbarganj, Maharajganj and Rae Bareli

11. Firozpur-Patti

12. Gadag-Wadi

13. Hissar-Sirsa via Agroha & Fatehabad

14. Kapilvastu-Basti via Bansi

15. Kondapalli-Kothagudem

16. Manuguru-Ramagundam

17. Pirpainti-Jasidih

18. Pushkar-Merta

19. Raipur-Jharsuguda

20. Srinivasapura-Madanapalli

21. Sriperambudur-Guduvanchery with spur to Irun, Kattukotti-

Avadi.

22. Yamuna Nagar-Chandigarh via Sadhaura, Narayangarh

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Gauge Conversion

23. Nagpur-Nagbhir

Doubling

24. New Bongaigaon to Kamakhya via Rangia

92. To meet the persistent demand of the people of Uttarakhand for a

direct connectivity between Rishikesh and Doiwala, as also to avoid an

alignment passing through a reserve forest with large elephant

population, I propose to meet this requirement through provision of a

bye pass line at Raiwala which will establish this direct link.

Surveys

93. I propose to undertake following surveys during 2013-14:

New Lines

1. Aloor-Nagarcoil-Chettikulam

2. Ambikapur-Garhwa

3. Amb-Kangra via Nadaun

4. Anand-Borsad

5. Anantnag and Pahalgam via Tral

6. Astha-Bhopal

7. Azamgarh - Mubarakpur

8. Baddi and Bilaspur

9. Balaghat - Bharveli-Ukwa

10. Bijapur- Kirandul

11. Bangriposi-Gorumahishani (Updating)

12. Dadri-Jharli via Jhajjar

13. Dadri-Sikandarabad-Bulandshahar-Jahangirabad-

Anoopshahar-Narora

14. Dhansura-Talod

15. Dharamshala-Palampur

16. Dhuri-Bye pass to avoid reversal of traffic

17. Dornakal-Miryalguda

18. Farrukhabad- Gola - Gokarnnath via Shahjahanpur

(Updating)

19. Gajsinghpur-Sadulpur via Padampur , Goluwala ,

Rawatsar , Taranagar , Dadrewa

20. Haldaur-Dhampur via Nathore

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21. Hisar- Fatehabad

22. Jaisingh Nagar - Shahdol

23. Jashipur - Jajpur Road

24. Jilahi and Tikri Bye pass line

25. Kaniyoor-Kottikulam

26. Kapadvanj-Timba

27. Karaikkudi-Dindigul

28. Karaikkudi-Madurai (updating)

29. Kirandul-Sukma

30. Lunkaransar - Sardarsahar

31. Malkapur-Chikali

32. Mancherail - Adilabad via Utnoor

33. Modasa-Meghraj-Banswara

34. Morappur-Dharmapuri (updating)

35. Narwana-Uklana

36. Nirakarpur and Tapanga new bye-pass line

37. Padrauna-Kushinagar-Gorakhpur

38. Pandharpur - Vijapur via Mangalwedha

39. Panisagar-Simanapur

40. Patharkandi-Kanmum

41. Pipar Road - Bhopalgarh -Asop - Shankwas- Mundawa

Nagore

42. Rajpipla-Kevadiya Colony

43. Rajpura-Bye pass to avoid reversal

44. Dudhwa -Chandan Chouki abandoned rail line

restoration

45. Sairang-Hbichhuah as extension to Bhairabi-Sairang

46. Saja-Bhatapara

47. Saswad-Jejuri

48. Siddipet-Akkanapet

49. Sikarapai-Jagsalpatri-Junagarh

50. Sri Anandpur Sahib-Chamkaur Sahib- -Ludhiana

51. Srinagar-Kargil-Leh

52. Surjagarh-Bijapur via Bhopalpattnam

53. Suwasra-Mandsour via Sitamau

54. Thanjavur-Ariyalur (Updating)

55. Tirunelveli-Sankarankoil via

Pettai,Pudur,SendamaramVeerasigmamani

56. Titlagarh- Junagarh

57. Tumkur-Maddur-Malevalli

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58. Vasai Road- Bye pass line between Naigoan and Diva

(Juchandra)

59. Washim-Mahur-Adilabad

Gauge Conversion

1. Ahmedabad-Bahucharaji

2. Bhadran-Bochasan-Petlad-Nadiad

3. Gadhada-Jasdan

4. Mailani Bahraich

5. Surendranagar-Dhrangdhara

Doubling

1. Bathinda -Abohar-Sriganganagar

2. Chittaurgarh- Mhow

3. Dharmavaram-Pakala

4. Daund-Manmad (Updating)

5. Firozpur-Bathinda

6. Haridwar-Dehradun

7. Jakhal-Dhuri-Ludhiana

8. Kalyan- Karjat 3rd line

9. Kandla-Palanpur

10. Khairar-Manikpur

11. Mahasamund-Baghbahra-Titlagarh

12. Mahboobnagar-Gooty

13. Najibabad-Kotdwar

14. Parbhani-Manmad

15. Purulia-Kotshila

16. Rajkot-Veraval

17. Rajpura- Bathinda via Dhuri

18. Satna-Rewa

19. Secunderabad-Mudkhed-Adilabad

20. Shamli-Tapri

21. Shoranur-Mangalore 3rd line

22. Suratgarh-Bathinda

23. Tirupati - Katpadi

24. Tumkur-Arsikere

25. Varanasi-Ballia

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94. I also propose to carryout traffic survey for Patiala-Jakhal new line

and a traffic survey for Kanpur area in connection with Panki-

Mandhana new line project.

New Train Services

95. A detailed exercise has been carried out to assess availability of

track capacity, terminal facilities and maintenance infrastructure. Within

the available resources, it has been possible to provide the following

new train services:

Express trains

96. I propose to introduce following new express trains:

1. Ahmedabad Jodhpur Express (Weekly) Via Samdari, Bhildi

2. Ajni (Nagpur) Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly) Via

Hingoli

3. Amritsar Lalkuan Express (Weekly) Via Chandigarh

4. Bandra Terminus Ramnagar Express (Weekly) Via Nagda,

Mathura, Kanpur, Lucknow, Rampur

5. Bandra Terminus Jaisalmer Express (Weekly) Via Marwar,

Jodhpur

6. Bandra Terminus Hisar Express (Weekly) Via Ahmedabad,

Palanpur, Marwar, Jodhpur, Degana

7. Bandra Terminus Haridwar Express (Weekly) Via Valsad

8. Bangalore Mangalore Express (Weekly)

9. Bathinda Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) Via Patiala, Rajpura

10. Bhubaneswar Hazrat Nizamuddin Express (Weekly) Via

Sambalpur

11. Bikaner Chennai AC Express (Weekly) Via Jaipur, Sawai

Madhopur, Nagda, Bhopal, Nagpur

12. Chandigarh Amritsar Intercity Express (Daily) Via Sahibzada

Ajitsingh Nagar (Mohali), Ludhiana

13. Chennai Karaikudi Express (Weekly)

14. Chennai Palani Express (Daily) Via Jolarpettai, Salem, Karur,

Namakkal

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15. Chennai Egmore Thanjavur Express (Daily) Via Villupuram,

Mayiladuthurai

16. Chennai Nagarsol (For Sai Nagar Shirdi) Express (Weekly)

Via Renigunta, Dhone, Kacheguda

17. Chennai Velankanni Link Express (Daily) Via Villupuram,

Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur

18. Coimbatore Mannargudi Express (Daily) Via

Tiruchchirappalli, Thanjavur, Nidamangalam

19. Coimbatore Rameswaram Express (Weekly)

20. Delhi Firozpur Intercity Express (Daily) Via Bathinda

21. Delhi Sarai Rohilla Sikar Express (Bi-weekly) after gauge

conversion

22. Delhi Hoshiarpur Express (Weekly)

23. Durg Jaipur Express (Weekly)

24. Gandhidham Visakhapatnam Express (Weekly) Via

Ahmedabad, Wardha, Ballarshah, Vijaywada

25. Hazrat Nizamuddin Mumbai AC Express (Weekly) via

Bhopal, Khandwa, Bhusawal

26. Howrah Chennai AC Express (Bi-weekly) Via Bhadrak,

Duvvada, Gudur

27. Howrah New Jalpaiguri AC Express (Weekly) Via Malda

Town

28. Hubli Mumbai Express (Weekly) Via Miraj, Pune

29. Indore Chandigarh Express (Weekly) Via Dewas, Ujjain,

Guna, Gwalior, Hazrat Nizamuddin

30. Jabalpur Yesvantpur Express (Weekly)Via Nagpur,

Dharmavaram

31. Jaipur Lucknow Express (Tri-weekly) Via Bandikui, Mathura,

Kanpur

32. Jaipur-Alwar Express (Daily)

33. Jodhpur Jaipur Express (Daily) Via Phulera

34. Jodhpur Kamakhya (Guwahati) Express (Weekly) Via

Degana, Ratangarh

35. Kakinada Mumbai Express (Bi-weekly)

36. Kalka Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Bi-weekly) Via Hazrat

Nizamuddin , Bhopal, Itrasi

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37. Kamakhya (Guwahati) Anand VIhar Express (Weekly) Via

Katihar, Barauni, Sitapur Cantt, Moradabad

38. Kamakhya (Guwahati) Bangalore AC Express (Weekly )

39. Kanpur Anand Vihar Express (Weekly) Via Farrukhabad

40. Katihar Howrah Express (Weekly) Via Malda Town

41. Katra Kalka Express (Bi-weekly) Via Morinda

42. Kolkata Agra Express (Weekly) Via Amethi, Rae Bareli,

Mathura

43. Kolkata Sitamarhi Express (Weekly) Via Jhajha, Barauni,

Darbhanga

44. Kota Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) Via Mathura, Palwal

45. Kurnool Town Secunderabad Express (Daily)

46. Lokmanya Tilak (T) Kochuveli Express (Weekly)

47. Lucknow Varanasi Express Via Rae-Bareli (6 Days a week)

48. Madgaon Mangalore Intercity Express (Daily) Via Udupi,

Karwar

49. Mangalore Kacheguda Express (Weekly) Via Dhone, Gooty,

Renigunta, Coimbatore

50. Mau Anand Vihar Express (Bi-weekly)

51. Mumbai Solapur Express (6 Days a week) Via Pune

52. Nagercoil Bangalore Express (Daily) Via Madurai,

Tiruchchirappalli

53. New Delhi Katra AC Express (6 Days a week)

54. Nizamabad Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly)

55. Patna Sasaram Intercity Express (Daily) Via Ara

56. Patliputra (Patna) Bangalore Express (Weekly) Via Chheoki

57. Puducherry Kanniyakumari Express (Weekly) Via

Villupuram, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruchchirappalli

58. Puri Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) Via Sambalpur,

Titlagarh, Raipur, Nagpur, Bhusawal

59. Puri Ajmer Express (Weekly) Via Abu-Road

60. Radhikapur Anand Vihar Link Express (Daily)

61. Rajendra Nagar Terminus (Patna) New Tinsukia Express

(Weekly) Via Katihar, Guwahati

62. Tirupati Puducherry Express (Weekly)

63. Tirupati Bhubaneswar Express (Weekly) Via Visakhapatnam

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64. Una / Nangaldam Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express (Weekly)

Via Anandpur Saheb, Morinda, Chandigarh, Ambala

65. Visakhapatnam Jodhpur Express (Weekly) Via Titlagarh,

Raipur

66. Visakhapatnam Kollam Express (Weekly)

67. Yesvantpur Lucknow Express (Weekly) via Rae Bareli,

Pratapgarh

Passenger Trains

97. I propose to introduce following new passenger trains:

1. Bathinda Dhuri Passenger (Daily)

2. Bikaner-Ratangarh Passenger (Daily)

3. Bhavnagar Palitana Passenger (Daily)

4. Bhavnagar Surendranagar Passenger (Daily)

5. Bareilly Lalkuan Passenger (Daily)

6. Chhapra Thawe Passenger (Daily)

7. Loharu Sikar Passenger (Daily) after gauge conversion

8. Madgaon Ratnagiri Passenger (Daily)

9. Marikuppam Bangalore Passenger (Daily)

10. Muzaffarpur Sitamarhi Passenger (Daily) via Runnisaidpur

11. Nadiad Modasa Passenger (6 days a week)

12. Nandyal Kurnool Town passenger (Daily)

13. New Amravati Narkher Passenger (Daily)

14. Punalur Kollam Passenger (Daily)

15. Purna Parli Vaijnath Passenger (Daily)

16. Palani-Tiruchendur Passenger (Daily)

17. Ratangarh - Sardarsahar Passenger (Daily) after gauge

conversion

18. Samastipur- Banmankhi Passenger via Saharsa, Madhepura

(Daily) after gauge conversion

19. Shoranur Kozhikode Passenger (Daily)

20. Surendranagar Dharangdhara Passenger (Daily)

21. Suratgarh Anupgarh Passenger (Daily)

22. Somnath Rajkot Passenger (Daily)

23. Sitamarhi Raxaul Passenger (Daily)

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24. Sriganganagar Hanumangarh-Sadulpur Passenger (Daily)

after gauge conversion

25. Talguppa Shimoga Town Passenger (Daily)

26. Thrisur-Guruvayur Passenger (Daily)

MEMU Services

98. I propose to introduce following new MEMU Services:

1. Barabanki Kanpur

2. Chennai Tirupati

3. Delhi- Rohtak (Replacement of conventional service by

MEMU)

4. Lucknow Hardoi

5. Sealdah Berhampore Court

DEMU Services

99. I propose to introduce following new DEMU Services:

1. Bhatkal Thokur

2. Delhi Kurukshetra Via Kaithal

3. Katwa Jangipur

4. Lucknow Sultanpur

5. Lucknow Pratapgarh Via Gauriganj

6. Madgaon Karwar

7. Rohtak Rewari

8. Taran Taran Goindwal Saheb

Extension of Trains

100. The run of following trains is proposed to be extended:

1. 19601/19602 Ajmer-New Jalpaiguri Express to Udaipur

2. 15715/15716 Ajmer-Kishanganj Express to New Jalpaiguri

3. 12403/12404 Allahabad Mathura Express to Jaipur

4. 17307/17308 Bagalkot-Yesvantpur Express to Mysore

5. 18437/18438 Bhubaneswar Bhawanipatna Express to

Junagarh

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6. 18191/18192 Chhapra Kanpur Anwarganj Express to

Farrukhabad

7. 16127/16128 Chennai-Madurai portion of Chennai-Guruvayur

Express to Tuticorin

8. 12231/12232 Chandigarh-Lucknow Express to Patna (2 days)

9. 12605/12606 Chennai-Tiruchchirappalli Express to Karaikudi

10. 14007/14008 Delhi-Muzaffarpur Express to Raxaul after gauge

conversion

11. 14017/14018 Delhi-Muzaffarpur Express to Raxaul after gauge

conversion

12. 12577/12578 Darbhanga-Bangalore Express to Mysore

13. 14731/14732 Delhi Bathinda Express to Fazilka

14. 14705/14706 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Sadulpur Express to

Sujangarh (Salasar Express)

15. 15159/15160 Durg- Chhapra Express to Muzaffarpur and

Gondia

16. 12507/12508 Guwahati-Ernakulam Express to

Thiruvananthapuram

17. 17005/17006 Hyderabad-Darbhanga Express to Raxaul after

gauge conversion

18. 17011/17012 Hyderabad- Belampalli Express to Sirpur

Kaghaznagar

19. 16591/16592 Hubli-Bangalore Express to Mysore

20. 12181/12182 Jabalpur-Jaipur Express to Ajmer

21. 15097/15098 Jammu Tawi-Barauni Express to Bhagalpur

22. 13117/13118 Kolkata Berhampore Court Express to Lalgola

23. 22981/22982 Kota-Hanumangarh Express to Shri Ganga Nagar

24. 15609/15610 Lalgarh- Guwahati Express to New Tinsukia

25. 12145/12146 Lokmanya Tilak (T)-Bhubaneswar Express to Puri

26. 12545/12546 Lokmanya Tilak (T)-Darbhanga Express to Raxaul

after gauge conversion

27. 12449/12450 Madgaon-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express to

Chandigarh

28. 12653/12654 Mangalore Tiruchchirappalli Express to

Puducherry

29. 29019/29020 Meerut-Nimach Link Express to Mandasor

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30. 22107/22108 Mumbai CST-Latur Express to Hazoor Saheb

Nanded

31. 14003/14004 New Delhi -New Farakka Express to Malda

Town

32. 15723/15724 New Jalpaiguri-Darbhanga Express to Sitamarhi

33. 18419/18420 Puri-Darbhanga Express to Jaynagar

34. 19327/19328 Ratlam-Chittaurgarh Express to Udaipur

35. 13133/13134 Sealdah Varanasi Express (2 Days) to Delhi via

Lucknow, Moradabad

36. 14711/14712 Shri Ganga Nagar Haridwar Express to

Rishikesh

37. 16535/16536 Solapur-Yesvantpur Express to Mysore

38. 19251/19252 Somnath-Dwarka Express to Okha

39. 12629/12630 Yesvantpur Hazrat Nizamuddun Sampark

Kranti Express 2 days to Chandigarh

40. 59601/59602 Ajmer-Beawar Passenger to Marwar

41. 56513/56514 Bangalore-Nagore Passenger to Karaikal

42. 51183/51184 Bhusaval-Amravati Passenger to Narkher

43. 57502/57503 Bodhan-Kamareddi Passenger to Mirzapalli

44. 54632/54633 Dhuri-Hisar/ Hisar- Ludhiana Passenger to Sirsa

45. 56700/56701Madurai-Kollam Passenger to Punalur

46. 56709/56710 Madurai-Dindigul Passenger to Palani

47. 56275/56276 Mysore-Shimoga Town Passenger to Talguppa

48. 59297/59298 Porbander-Veraval Passenger to Somnath

49. 66611/66612 Ernakulam-Thrisur MEMU to Palakkad

50. 67277/67278 Falaknuma-Bhongir MEMU to Jangaon

51. 66304/66305 Kollam-Nagarcoil MEMU to Kanniyakumari

52. 63131/63132 Krishnanagar City-Berhampore Court MEMU to

Ranaghat and to Cossimbazar

53. 74021/74024 Delhi-Shamli DEMU to Saharanpur

54. 76837/76838 Karaikudi-Manamadurai DEMU to Virudunagar

after gauge conversion

55. 79454/79445 Morbi-Wankaner DEMU to Rajkot

56. 77676/77677 Miryalguda-Nadikudi DEMU to Piduguralla

57. 79301/79302 Ratlam-Chittaurgarh DEMU to Bhilwara

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Increase in frequency

101. The frequency of the following trains will be increased:

1. 12547/12548 Agra Fort Ahmedabad Express 3 to 7 days

2. 11453/11454 Ahmedabad-Nagpur Express 2 to 3 days

3. 22615/22616 Coimbatore-Tirupati Express 3 to 4 days

4. 14037/14038 Delhi-Pathankot Express 3 to 6 days

5. 19409/19410 Gorakhpur Ahmedabad Express 1 to 2 days

6. 13465/13466 Howrah Malda Town Express 6 to 7 days

7. 12159/12160 Jabalpur Amravati Express 3 to 7 days

8. 11103/11104 Jhansi Bandra (T) Express 1 to 2 days

9. 19325/19326 Indore Amritsar Express 1 to 2 days

10. 12469/12470 Kanpur Jammu Tawi Express 1 to 2 days

11. 12217/12218 Kochuveli Chandigarh Express 1 to 2 days

12. 12687/12688 Madurai Dehradun/Chandigarh Express 1 to 2

days

13. 13409/13410 Malda Town Jamalpur Express 6 to 7 days

14. 17213/17214 Narsapur Nagersol (Near Sainagar Shirdi)

Express 2 to 7 days

15. 12877/12878 Ranchi-New Delhi Garib Rath Express 2 to 3 days

16. 18509/18510 Visakhapatnam Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express

2 to 3 days

17. 22819/22820 Visakhapatnam Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express 2

to 7 days

18. 18309/18310 Sambalpur-Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express 2 to 3

days

19. 12751/12752 Secunderabad Manuguru Express 3 to 7 days

20. 12629/12630 Yesvantpur Hazrat Nizamuddun Sampark

Kranti Express 2 to 4 days

21. 56221/56222/56525/56526 Bangalore Tumkur Passenger 6 to

7 days

22. 56321 Kanniyakumari-Tirunelveli Passenger 6 to 7 days

23. 56325 Nagercoil Kanniyakumari Passenger 6 to 7 days

24. 56312 Tirunelveli - Nagercoil Passenger 6 to 7 days

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102. Negotiating and overcoming all the difficulties, the vast Railway

family is determined to play its historic role as a national carrier with

resolute sincerity of purpose and strive to be a veritable vehicle of

inclusive growth. For this, I earnestly seek the cooperation of Honble

members.

103. Earlier I had cited Christine Weatherly. I turn to her again.

But later on the Journey....

....the engines singing still.

If you listen very quietly

You will hear this little song,

I thought I could, ... I could!

And so it speeds along.

104. With these words, Madam, I commend the Railway Budget for

2013-14 to the august House.

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Annexure 1

New Lines to be completed in 2012-13

1 Ahmednagar-Narayandoh

2 Angamali-Kaladi

3 Barapallasy-Bhaturia

4 Barkakana-Sidhwar

5 Barmasia-Shikaripara

6 Bhaluna-Katuria

7 Bhind-Etawah (Part)

8 Bithan-Hasanpur Road

9 Chandi-Biharsharif

10 Changrabandha-New Coochbihar

11 Devarakadra-Krishna (Part)

12 Dudhnoi-Mendipathar (Part)

13 Etawah-Mainpuri(Part)

14 Fatehabad-Etawah (Part)

15 Gulbarga-Sultanpur

16 Hazaribagh-Bes

17 Hirisave-Shravanabelagola

18 Jamua-Kawar

19 Kakwara-Karjhausa

20 Kanivehalli-Chikmagalur

21 Khagaria-Bishunpur

22 Khargapur-Chhatarpur

23 Khurda Road-Khurda Town

24 Lanjigarh Rd.-Junagarh (balance portion)

25 Marikel-Makhtal

26 Matnasibpur-Masagram

27 Morinda-Khamano

28 North Bank Rail Link & South Link up to Bogibeel Bridge

29 Pinargaria-Harsingha

30 Qazigund-Banihal

31 Raichur-Pandurangaswamy (Part)

32 Rayadurga-Avuladatta(part)

33 Sagarsultanpur-Mashrakh

34 Samrala-Sahnewal

35 Urwan-Hazaribagh (Part)

36 Y-link Mainaguri Road, New Mainaguri, New Domohini

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Annexure 2

Gauge Conversion projects to be completed in 2012-13

1 Banmankhi-Purnia

2 Chauradano-Raxaul (Part)

3 Chintamani-Sidlaghatta (Part)

4 Edamann-Punalur

5 Hanumangarh-Sriganganagar (Part)

6 Krishnanagar City-Amghata

7 Murliganj-Banmakhi (Part)

8 Muthalamada-Palakkad of Pollachi-Palakkad

9 Naugarh-Barhni

10 Pollachi-Kinattukkadavu of Pollachi-Podanur

11 Rangapara North-North Lakhimpur

12 Ratlam-Fatehabad

13 Sengottai-Bhagavathipuram

14 Sikar-Loharu

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Annexure 3

Doubling projects to be completed in 2012-13

1 Ajjampur-Shivani

2 Ambika Kalna-Dhatrigram

3 Apta-Jite

4 Ariyalur-Kallakkudi Palanganatham

5 Attipattu-Ennore 4th line

6 Banas-Sirohi

7 Barda-Basulya Sutahata

8 Belghana-Tenganmada

9 Bhadbhadaghat-Diwanganj

10 Bhagawangola-Jiaganj

11 Chandrapura-Rajabera (part)

12 Channapatna-Settihalli

13 Chauri Chaura-Baitalpur

14 Chulha-Anuppur

15 Champa-Bye pass

16 Dainhat-Patuli

17 Dankuni-Bally(part)

18 Dharnagaon-Paldhi(part)

19 Dumetra-Champajharan (Part)

20 Esivi-Kupgal

21 Garhmadopur-Jenapur

22 Ghaghraghat-Chowkaghat

23 Gulabganj-Sumer

24 Hanakere-Mandya

25 Hari-Venkatnagar

26 Hodal-Chhata

27 Jahangirabad-Barabanki

28 Jenapur-Jakhapura

29 Jharsuguda-Rengali (part)

30 Kalhar-Mandi Bamora

31 Kharagpur-Gokulpur

32 Korukonda-Alamanda-Kantakapalli

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33 Kosgi-mantralayam

34 Krishnanagar-Dhubulia

35 Kurwaikaithora-Mandir Bamora

36 Madpur-Jakhpur

37 Mahisadal-Barda

38 Manchiriyal-Mandamari

39 Mandhar-Urkura

40 Mandya-Yeliyur

41 Manoharpur-Posoita

42 Mansa-Maur

43 Melmaruvthur-Tozhuppedu

44 Muragachha-Bethuadahari

45 Muri-Muri Outer

46 Nagavangala-Ajjampur

47 Nalhati-Takipur

48 Ottivakkam-Madurantakam

49 Panskura-Haur

50 Patuli-Purbsthali

51 Phulia-Kalinarayanpur

52 Pirpanthi-Mirzachoki

53 Poradanga-Mahishasur

54 Poradanga-Manigram

55 Rajgoda-Tamluk

56 Rajkharswan-Mahalimarup

57 Sabri Road-Lilapur

58 Silyari-Mandhar

59 Simhachalam North-Gopalipatnam DL of bypass line

60 Sukhi sevian-Nishadpura

61 Tikiapara-Santragachi (Part)

62 Tindivanam-Perani

63 Tinpahar-Taljhari

64 Ukaisongarh-Chinchpada

64 Valadi-Kallakkudi Palanganatham

66 Venkatachalam-Nidigunpapalem

67 Venkatnagar-Nigaura

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Annexure 4

Sections to be Electrified in 2012-13

1. Phaphamau-Unchahar including Allahabad-Prayag

2. Siwan-Baitalpur

3. Ahmadpur-Sainthia-Murarai

4. Chanipai-Sainthia

5. Kanniyambadi-Vellore Cantt

6. Shoranur-Elattur

7. Mondh-Phaphamau Junction

8. Chakkibank(ex)-Bharoli-Ravi & Budhi-Ujh-Jammu Yard

9. Udhampur-Manwal

10. Tinich-Domingarh

11. Paman-Kanpur including Kalyanpur-Anwarganj-Kanpur

12. Mathura-Deeg

13. Sahibpurkamal-Karhagolaroad

14. Kuretha-Mukuria

15. Jhaua-Mukuria-Barsoi-Kishanganj

16. Ramnagaram-Maddur

17. Kondapuram-Vemulpadu

18. Gooty-Taticherla

19. Yelahanka-Someshwara

20. Belapur-Daund

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Annexure 5

New Line projects to be completed in 2013-14

1. Avaludatla-Vedavathy Bridge

2. Azimganj-Jiaganj

3. Bagalkot-Karkelmatti

4. Bah-Etawah

5. Bangurgram-Ras

6. Bes-Kuju

7. Bhambewa-Gohana

8. Bhind-Etawah (balance portion)

9. Chhotaudepur-Ambari

10. Dausa-Didwana

11. Dekpura-Nursarai

12. Dodhnoi-Mendipathar (balance portion)

13. Ginigera-Budagumpa

14. Gohana-Sonepat

15. Hansdiha-Bhaturia-Shikaripara-Harinsing

16. Harmuti-Naharlagun (Balance portion)

17. Hazaribagh-Banadag

18. Kadapa-Pendlamarri

19. Kawar yard and approaches

20. Khurda Town-Sunakhela

21. Mortad-Armoor-Nizamabad

22. Padma-Hazaribagh

23. Rayadurg-Avaludatta (part)

24. Tantisilwai-Hundur

25. Tiliaya-Kheraund

26. Udhampur-Katra

27. Walajah Road-Arcot

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Annexure 6

Gauge Conversion projects to be completed in 2013-14

1. Barhni-Gonda

2. Chhindwara-Sauser

3. Fatehabad-Indore

4. Kasganj-Bareilly

5. Kinattukkadavu-Podanur

6. Minakshivaram-Palakkad

7. North Lakhimpur-Murkongselek

8. Suratpura-Ellenabad

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Annexure 7

Sections proposed to be doubled in 2013-14

1 Ambala Cantt-Dhapper

2 Ambari Falakata-Belakoba

3 Angul-Kerjang

4 Ariyalur-Sendurai

5 Bardoli-Vyara

6 Basni-Bhagat Ki Kothi

7 Belakoba-Raninagar-Jalpaigudi

8 Bethuadahari-Palassy

9 Bhadaiyan-Sultanpur

10 Bhadohi-Mondh

11 Bhubneshwar-Barang

12 Bimalgarh-Patasahi

13 Bina-Kurwai Kethora

14 Brindamal-lapang

15 Byadarahalli-Pandavapura

16 Chakki Bank-Bharoli

17 Chandrapura-Rajbehra (part)

18 Chandrauli-Trivediganj

19 Chengannur-Tiruvalla

20 Chhan Arorian-Buddhi

21 Chilkidra-Harichandanpur

22 Chinchpada-Nandurbar

23 Cuttak-Barang

24 Delang-Sakhigopal

25 Dhatrigram-Nabadwipdham

26 Dhubulia-Murugacha

27 Goaldhi-Keonjhar

28 Golden Rock byepass

29 Jallandhar Cantt-Suchipind

30 Jite-Pen

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31 Kalhar-Bareth

32 Kalumna-Nagpur

33 Kasu-Roha

34 Kotharnana-Keshawganj

35 Lebutala-Champapukur

36 Lilapur-Surenderanagar

37 Lohta-Chowkhandi-Sewapuri

38 Luni-Hanwant with luni byepass

39 Mahalimarup-Sini

40 Maur-Kotfateh

41 Mondh-Suriwan

42 Mulanturutti-Piravom

43 Nabadwipdham-Purbasthali

44 Naraj-Barang

45 New Alipurdwar-Samuktala Rd

46 New Coochbehar-Baneswar

47 Nidiguntapalem-Krishnapatnam

48 Ottivakkam-Karunguzhi

49 Piravom Road-Kuruppantara

50 Porjanpur-Goaldhi

51 Raghavpuram-Pedampet

52 Rajkharswan-Pendrasali

53 Sahibganj-Mirzachowki

54 Salawas-Basni

55 Sanchi-Salamatpur-Diwanganj

56 Sendurai-Ichchangadu

57 Settihalli-Maddur

58 Shivani-Hosadurga

59 Shivnagar-Bandhuan kalan

60 Simhachalam-Gopalpatnam doubling of bye pass

61 Sini-Gamariya

62 Somer-Sorai

63 Sonepur-Hajipur

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64 Sorai-Vidisha

65 Suriwan-Sarai Kansarai

66 Takipur-Mogram

67 Taljhari-Maharajpur

68 Tamluk-Mahisadal

69 Tenganmada-Khongsara

70 Tiruvottiyur-Ennore

71 Tozhuppedu-Olakur-Tindivanam

72 Tughlakabad Jn Cabin - Palwal 4th line

73 Ulundurpet-Parikkal

74 Vani Road-Sabli Road

75 Viramgam-Sadla

76 Vridhachalam Jn to Ulundurpet

77 Yelahanka-Chennasandra

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(Courtesy: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in)