Following are the highlights of the Rail Budget 2013 highlights:
*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.
*Identification of 104 important stations for immediate attention to cleanliness aspects and upgrading 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected.
*Progressive extension of bio-toilets on trains.
*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).
*Recruitment of RPF with 10 pc vacancies reserved for women.
*Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants.
*Launching multi-modal travel package in cooperation with government of Jammu and Kashmir and issuing 'Yatra Parchis' to pilgrims travelling by rail to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.
*Aadhar to be used for various passenger and staff