Rail Budget 2013 Highlights: Free Wi-Fi, new ticketing system, protection and more
*No hike in basic passenger fares; reservation charges, tatkal fee raised.
*Across the board hike in freight charges by an average of about 5.8 pc.
*Reservation fee for AC First and Executive classes raised to Rs 60 from Rs 35 and that of First Class and AC-2 doubled to Rs 50.
*Reservation fee for AC Chair Car, AC-3 Economy and AC-3 tier increased to Rs 40 from Rs 25.
*Supplementary charges for superfast trains raised between Rs 5 and Rs 25.
*Tatkal charges for sleeper class raised by Rs 15 to Rs 25 and for AC Chair car from Rs 25 to Rs 50.
*Tatkal charges in AC-3 tier increased by Rs 50; AC-2 tier and Executive class by Rs 100.
*Cancellation charges increased for all classes between Rs 5 and Rs 50.
* No increase in parcel and luggage rates.
*Internet ticketing from 0030 hrs to 2330 hrs and e-ticketing through mobile phones.
*Proposal for Next-Gen e-ticketing system; capable of handling 7,200 tickets per minute against 2,000 now and 1.2 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 currently.
*Rail budget proposes introduction of first AC EMU rake on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14.
*Introduction of 72 additional services in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata.
*Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 ervices in Chennai.
*67 new Express trains proposed; 26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU and 5 MEMU services to be introduced.
*Run of 57 trains to be extended and frequency of 24 trains to be increased.
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