29 March 2012

New MEMU Service between Falaknuma and Bhongir to be flagged off

As announced in Railway Budget 2011-12, South Central Railway will introduce Falaknuma-Bhongir-Falaknuma MEMU Train services at 11 00 hrs o­n 31st March, 2012 from Falaknuma Railway Station.
The inaugural run of Train No. 67290 Falaknuma-Bhongir MEMUtrainwill be flagged offby Shri Asaduddin Owaisi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) at 11.00 hrs on 31st March, 2012 at Falaknuma Railway Station in the presence of other Public representatives, dignitories and senior railway officials.
The Regular services will run as per the following schedule:-
1)Train No. 67290 Falaknuma-Bhongir MEMU Passenger will depart Falaknuma at 06.10 hrs and arriveBhongir at 08.00 hrs.
2)Train No. 67291 Bhongir-Falaknuma MEMU Passenger will depart Bhongir at 09.00 hrs and arriveFalaknuma at 10.40 hrs.
3)Train No. 67292 Falaknuma-Bhongir MEMU Passenger will depart Falaknuma at 14.10 hrs and arrive Bhongir at 16.00 hrs.
4)Train No. 67293 Bhongir – Falaknuma MEMU Passenger will depart Bhongir at 17.00 hrs and arrive Falaknuma at 18.05 hrs.
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Railways have decided to augment the train no. 12983/12984 Ajmer- Chandigarh- Ajmer Garib Rath Express train with Two A.C. 3 Tier coach on permanent basis from 1.4.2012 from Ajmer and from 2.4.2012 fromChandigarh.
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Summer Special Trains

Ex Mumbai
Train No.
Train Name
Bandra (T)-Jaipur AC Exp
Vadodara, Ratlam
Bandra(T)-Gandhidham Exp
Vadodara, Ahmedabad
Bandra(T)-Okha Exp
Vadodara, Ahmedabad
Bandra (T)-Indore Exp
Vadodara, Ratlam, Ujjain
Mumbai Central-New Delhi Bi-AC Exp (Rajdhani Type)
Vadodara, Ratlam, Kota
Bandra (T)-Bikaner Superfast Exp
Vadodara, Ahmedabad
Bandra(T)-Delhi Sarai Rohilla
Vadodara, Ahmedabad

Ex Ahmedabad
Train No.
Train Name
Ahmedabad-Patna Special
Dahod, Ratlam, Bhopal
Ahmedabad-Lucknow Express
Mahesana, Jaipur, Mathura
Ahmedabad-Madgaon Express
Vasai Road

Train No.
Train Name
Porbandar-Secunderabad Special
Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vasai Rd
Valsad-Varanasi Special
Udhna, Khandwa, Jabalpur
Gandhidham-Indore Special
Nadiad, Godhra
Okha-Jaipur Special
Jamnagar, Rajkot, Mahesana, Ajmer
Hapa-Madgaon Superfast Special
Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vasai Rd
Indore-Jaipur Superfast Special
Ujjain, Nagda, Kota
Valsad-Jodhpur Special
Vadodara, Ahmedabad
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To clear extra rush of passengers, Railways have decided to augment the train no. 12281/12282 Bhubaneswar- New Delhi- Bhubaneswar Duronto Express train with One Sleeper class coach on temporary basis from 1.4.2012 to 29.4.2012 from Bhubaneswar and from 2.4.2012 to 30.4.2012 fromNew Delhi.
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Due to upgradation work of Delhi P.R.S. (Computerized Passenger Reservation System),the PRS Enquiry will remain closed for 5.00 hours from 11.30 p.m. on 29.3.2012 to 04.30 a.m. on 30.3.2012.Therefore, PRS related enquiry of Delhi PRS through IVRS/Touch Screen, Call Centre (Telephone no. 139) and functioning of current reservation bookings through computer will also remain closed during the period.
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For the convenience & at the demand of the passengers, Railways have decided to provide anadditional stoppage at Naugachia stationto train no. 12423/12424 New Delhi- Dibrugarh Town- New DelhiRajdhani Express with effect from 10.4.12 to 10.10.12 on experimental basis for six months.

The 12423 New Delhi - Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani Express will arrive at Naugachia at 5.11 p.m & after stoppage of 2 minutes it will depart at 5.13 p.m for its onward journey to Dibrugarh. While in its return direction the 12424 Dibrugarh – New Delhi Rajdhani will arrive at Naugachia station at 6.49 a.m & will depart at 6.51 a.m. Hence the 12423/12424 Radhani will have 2minutes stoppage at Naugachia stationin both the directions.
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For the convenience of passengers and to clear extra rush, extra coaches have been attached in following trains of Western Railway on temporary basis

For the convenience of passengers and to clear extra rush, extra coaches have been attached in following trains of Western Railway on temporary basis :

Train No.
Date Of Augumentation
Bandra Terminus
One First AC
from 01/04/2012 to 30/04/2012
Bandra Terminus
One First AC
from 01/04/2012 to 30/04/2012
Bandra Terminus
One First AC
from 02/04/2012 to 01/05/2012
Bandra Terminus
One First AC
from 02/04/2012 to 01/05/2012
One Sleeper
Permanently ex Kocuvelli wef 30/03 & ex Dehradun wef 02/04
One AC 3 Tier
Ex Gandhidham from 07/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Bandra (T)
One AC Chair Car
Ex Bandra (T) from 01/04/2012 to
One AC 3 Tier
Ex Ahmedabad from 02/04/2012 to 29/06/2012
Jammu Tawi
One Sleeper
Ex Indore from 01/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Mumbai Central
One Sleeper
Ex Mumbai Central from 01/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Ex Vadodra from 02/04/2012 to 01/07/2012
Mumbai Central
One AC 3 Tier
Ex Mumbai Central from 01/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
One AC 3 Tier
Ex Ahmedabad from 03/04/2012 to 26/06/2012
One Sleeper
Ex Valsad from 04/04/2012 to 27/06/2012
One Sleeper
Ex Valsad from 07/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
One AC 3 Tier
Ex Ahmedabad from 02/04/2012 to 27/06/2012
Mumbai Central
One Sleeper
Ex Mumbai Central from 01/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Bandra (T)
One Sleeper
Ex Bhavnagar from 01/04/2012 to 30/06/2012 (Except 20/04, 24/04, 29/04)
Ex Bandra T from 01/04/2012 to 30/06/2012 (Except 21/04, 25/04, 26/04)

One Sleeper
Ex Hapa from 06/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
One Sleeper
Ex Surat from 03/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Two Sleeper
Ex Surat from 06/04/2012 to 29/06/2012
One Sleeper
Ex Ahmedabad from 01/04/2012 to 29/06/2012
One Sleeper
Ex Ahmedabad from 02/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Delhi Sarai Rohilla
One Sleeper
Ex Porbandar from 03/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
One Sleeper
Ex Porbandar from 05/04/2012 to 29/06/2912
Gandhinagar Capital
One Sleeper
Ex Indore from 01/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Ex Gandhinagar Capital from 02/04/2012 to 01/07/2012

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Chennai Central- Vijayawada Janashatabdi Express to run via New Guntur with effect from 1st April, 2012

With effect from 1stApril, 2012 Train No. 12077/12078 Chennai-Vijayawada-ChennaiJanashatabdi Express will runvia New Guntur Railway station as per the following schedule:-
Train No. 12077 Chennai Central-Vijayawada Janashatabdi Express will depart Chennai Central at07 00 hrsand arrive Vijyawada at 14 00 hrs o­n the same day . In the return direction, Train No. 12078 Vijayawada-Chennai CentralJanashatabdi Express will departVijayawada at 14 45 hrs and arrive at Chennai Central at 22 00 hrs.Enroute, these trainawill stop at Sullurpeta, Gudur, Nellore, Kavali, o­ngole, Chirala, Tenali, and New Guntur.
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26 March 2012

Shri Anjan Kumar Yadav, Hon’ble MP Flags Off New Kacheguda - Nizamabad DEMU Train Services

As announced in Railway Budget 2011-12, South Central Railway has introduced Kacheguda-Nizamabad-Kacheguda DEMU Passenger Trains from today Ie., 25thMarch, 2012.
Accordingly, the inaugural run of Kacheguda-Nizamabad DEMU Passenger train was flagged off by Shri M. Anjan Kumar Yadav, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) today ie., 25thMarch, 2012 at Kacheguda Railway Station in the presence of Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble MLA, other Dignitaries and Public Representatives.
Speaking o­n the occasion, Shri Anjan Kumar Yadav stated that the Railway Budget presented recently has given a lot of priority to new trains and projects in Andhra Pradesh.
He expressed happiness that Kacheguda is getting connected with more places withthe introduction of Falaknuma-Medchal Passenger yesterday and Kacheguda-Nizamabad Passenger trains today. The Member of Parliament suggested provision of all facilities required for the physically challenged rail users at Kacheguda station. He expressed satisfaction with the sanction of MMTS Phase-IIand the train connectivity to pilgrim places such as Ajmer and Shirdi. He sought more number of special trains for pilgrims visiting Sabarimalai and Ajmer.
Earlier, Shri Margoob Hussain, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, in his welcome address, highlighted the fact that new train services will add to the importance of Kacheguda Railway Station which is an important Station in Twin-Cities. He spoke o­n the plans for modernization of passenger amenities at Kacheguda including provision of food plazas, modernized waiting halls, booking offices etc. Shri Hussain also informed that Escalator and Elevators are going to be provided at Kacheguda.
The Regular service of the train will commence from 26th March, 2012. These trains will run as per the schedule detailed below:-
1)Train No. 77686 Kacheguda-Nizamabad DEMU Passengerwill depart Kachegudaat 09.30 hrs and arrive Nizamabad at 13.30 hrs o­n the same day. This train will run all days of the week except Thursday andSunday.
2)Train No. 77688 Kacheguda-Nizamabad DEMU Passenger will depart Kacheguda at 18.30 hrs and arrive Nizamabad at 23. 10 hrs o­n the same day. This train will run all days of the week except Sunday.
3)Train No. 77685 Nizamabad-Kacheguda DEMU Passenger will depart Nizamabad at 05.00 hrs and arrive Kacheguda at 09.10 hrs o­n the same day. This train will run all days of the week except Thursday andSunday.
4)Train No. 77687 Nizamabad-Kacheguda DEMU Passenger will depart Nizamabad at 14. 00 hrs and arrive Kacheguda at 18.10 hrs o­n the same day. This train will run all days of the week except Thursday and Sunday.
Enroute these trains will stop at Sitafalmandi, Malkajgiri, Bolarum, Medchel, Wadiaram, Mirzapalli, Akanapet and Kmareddy. This train will have eight Coaches including two motor cars.
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New Trains

Mumbai Central-New Delhi AC Duronto
Bandra Terminus-Jammu Tawi Vivek Express
Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad
Bandra Terminus-Udaipur Express
Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam
Bandra Terminus-Chandigarh Express
Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Ajmer
Ahmedabad-PuneAC Duronto
Ahmedabad-Yesvantpur AC Express
Anand, Vadodara, Surat
Ahmedabad-Varanasi Express
Mahesana, Palanpur, Ajmer
Porbandar-Kochuveli Express
Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vadodara
Bhuj-Palanpur Passenger
Bhildi, Gandhidham, Bhimasar
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24 March 2012

NCR to start summer special trains

North Central Railways ( NCR) had decided to launch summer special trains.Train number 09051/09052 Valsad-Varanasi Exp will run once a week. This special train will pass through different railway stations like Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni Junction, Maihar, Satna, Mirzapur. It will leave Valsad every Friday and run between Valsad and Varanasi from April 6 to June 22. Train no. 09409/09410 Ahmedabad-Patna Express will run weekly. It will touch stations like Ratlam, Ujjain, Bhopal, Satna, Mughalsarai, Buxar and Danapur. The train will leave Ahmedabad every Friday and operate between April 6 and June 29.Train number 05024/05023 Gorakhpur to Pune (a weekly train) will leave Gorakhpur on Thursdays and run between April 5 and June 28. It will cover stations like Basti, Gonda, Barabanki, Lucknow, Kanpur, Orai, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Bina, Bhopal, Bhusawal and Manmad.Train number 05031/05032 Gorakhpur-Pune weekly train will pass through Basti, Gonda, Lalitpur, Bhopal, Nasik, Kalyan and Thane. It will run from April 7 to June 23 and leave Gorakhpur every Saturday. Similarly, train number 03685/03686 Gaya-Delhi Express (Super Fast) will pass through Sasaram, Mughalsarai, Allahabad and Kanpur. It will run from Gaya every Thursday and remain on tracks from April 5 to June 28.Train number 01019/01020 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Lucknow Express will run twice a week. The train will pass through Kalyan, Manmad, Bhopal, Jhansi, Orai and Kanpur. It will run every Sunday and Friday and run from April 1 to June 24. Train no. 01027/01028 Mumbai CST-Varanasi will run once a week. It will pass through Dadar, Manmad, Bhusawal, Jabalpur, Katni junction, Satna and Mirzapur. This special train will leave Mumbai every Wednesday.Train number 01047/01048 Mumbai-CST Gorakhpur will take the same route to reach the destination. This train will run from Mumbai every Saturday between April 7 and June 23.Train number 01051/01052 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Gorakhpur is a weekly train and pass through Thane, Kalyan, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Mau and Deoria. It will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus every Friday and run between April 6 and June 22. Also 01055/01056 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Varanasi is another weekly train and will run every Friday.Train number 01057/01058 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Muzaffarpur weekly train, 01453/01454 Pune-Gorakhpur weekly express and 01435/01436 Pune-Agra Cantt weekly train and 04012/04011 Hazrat Nizammudin-Shirdi weekly trains will also run from April to June.
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IRCTC Launched Two special trains for tourists

Puneites planning to take the rail route this summer vacation have some reason to cheer. The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched two special tourist trains that have affordable tour packages that will include travelling fare, lodging and accommodation, meals and intercity bus travel. First train is ‘Janam Bhumi Gaurav,’ will take the passengers to holy places and tourist  destinations in western parts of the country,Second special train ‘South Darshan’ will connect important historical, religious and tourist attractions in south India.Janam Bhumi Gaurav will start from Pune, South Darshan will start from Ahmedabad and will pass through the city. The Janam Bhumi Gaurav train was declared by former Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2011-12 Railway Budget and was originally planned to start from Mumbai, but its launch has been delayed.“We were given the option of extending the train till Pune. Considering that it would be difficult to get capacity passengers from Mumbai alone and its extension till Pune will also benefit Puneites, we have decided to extend it,” said an IRCTC official. The route of the Janam Bhumi Gaurav train, which will depart from Pune on March 30, and it will be: Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad-(Lothal)-Bhavnagar (Palitana)-(Alang)-Gir-Diu (Somnath-Veraval)-(Junagarh)-Rajkot-Mumbai-Pune. The South Darshan Express will start from Ahmedabad and will cover important tourist destinations including Goa, Tirupati, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram. The train will start from Ahmedabad on March 30 and will arrive in Pune around 7 pm the same day.
Both the trips will have hall accommodation at places for night stay, vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner and tourist buses for visiting sight-seeing spots that best suits the tourists from any region. For the South Darshan tourist train, the package cost would be Rs 12,499 for sleeper class and Rs 18,399 for AC 3-tier. There are 712 seats for sleeper class and 230 seat for three-tier AC. Tickets for both the trains can be booked either from IRCTC counter at the Pune railway station or online by visiting the IRCTC website. Commuter groups have welcomed the move. “This is a good initiative by IRCTC. The extension of Janam Bhumi Gaurav train till Pune will benefit people from Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar, apart from Pune. Passengers will be able to visit important tourist destinations from north-west and south India.
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KORAPUT-VISAKHAPATNAM A new bi-weekly Inter City Express

A new bi-weekly Inter City Express Train between Koraput & Visakhapatnam will run with effect from 24thMarch 2012.Shri Jayaram Pangi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Koraput will flag off the inaugural run of the Koraput-Visakhapatnam” Express at 11.00 a.m. o­n 24th March, 2012 at Koraput Railway station in presence of Shri Raghuram Padal, Hon’ble M.L.A., Koraput.On the day of inaugural run, this train will run in the open path timings from Koraput to Visakhapatnam. However, the regular service of Train will be commenced from Visakhapatnam w.e.f. 26th March 2012 & w.e.f. 27th March 2012 from Koraput.18511 Koraput-Visakhapatnam Inter City Express will leave Koraput at 05.00hrs o­n every Saturday & Tuesday and will arrive at Visakhapatnam at 12.30hrs. In the return direction, 18512 Visakhapatnam-Koraput Inter City Express will leave Visakhapatnam o­n every Monday & Friday and will arrive Koraput at 21.50hrs.This train has Eight Second Class Chair Car, o­ne AC Chair Car and Two Guard cum Luggage Vans in its composition having stoppages at Damanjodi, Laxmipur Road, Tikiri, Singapur Road, Rayagada, Parvatipuram, Bobbili & Vizianagaram between Koraput and Visakhapatnam.
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Heritage Special Trial took place today (23.03.2012) from CHENNAI EGMORE to GUINDY

Heritage Special Trial took place today (23.03.2012) from CHENNAI EGMORE to GUINDY.
EIR 21 steam locomotive named EXPRESS is the world’s oldest steam locomotive, still working on COAL flawlessly. It can still pick up speeds up to 43 Kilometres per hour at stately age of 157 years.
In today’s fast moving age of consumerism when products are not supported ever after expiry of 5 to 10 years, SOUTHERN RAILWAY takes pride in supporting this 157 year old beauty. This locomotive was kept on pedestals for 101 years at Jamalpur Workshops. PERAMBUR LOCO WORKSHOPS not only restored it to is old glory and health but also fitted it with the most modern gadgets.
We propose to run two to four Heritage trips w.e.f. September 2012 with this locomotive from CHENNAI EGMORE to GUINDY or COCHIN to COCHIN HARBOUR or NAGARKOIL to KANYAKUMARI depending upon Steam Enthusiastic Tourism. Tariffs will be suitably fixed on Cost basis.
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Tirunelveli-Mysore-Tirunelveli train at BNC cantonment

Tirunelveli-Mysore–Tirunelveli weekly summer express train will have additional stoppage at Bangalore Cantonment Railway station from today. Tirunelveli-Mysore weekly summer express will arrive at Bangalore Cantonment at 03.08hrs and leave at 03.10 hrs. In the down direction, Mysore-Tirunelveli weekly summer express will arrive at Bangalore Cantonment at 23.15 hrs and leave at 23.17
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To carry out maintenance work, a jumbo block will be taken for five hours from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs o­n Sunday, 25th March, 2012 o­n Up Local Lines (i.e. slow line) between Santacruz and Mumbai Central stations.

During the period, all Up local line trains will run o­n Up through line (i.e. fast corridor) between Santacruz and Mumbai Central stations. These diverted trains will not halt at Matunga Road, Elphinstone Road, Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi for want of platform, hence passengers can travel in opposite direction for their destinations between Bandra and Mumbai Central stations. All 12-car slow services will take double halt at Khar Road and Mahim Jn.

Level Crossing Gate No.19 will remain closed for road traffic during block period. Due to the block, some Up and Down local trains will remain cancelled.

The detailed information to this effect is made available with concerned Station Masters. Passengers are requested to take note of the above arrangements.
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For comfort & convenience of commuters, Western Railway is increasing 36 suburban services from 27th March, 2012. With this increase the total number of services on Western railway will now become 1250 per day. 15 car services are also being increased by 2, now 15 car services on Western Railway will become 14 while 12 car services will become 1040.

·36 trains being introduced 34 are 12 car services and 2 are 15 car services

·Additional room created for more than 1.5 lakh commuters with this increase.

·There has been 140% increase in 12 car services on WR in last five years where as the increase in suburban passengers has been 11% during the same period.

·There has been capacity increase of 32% in last 5 yrs whereas the density of commuters ie passengers per coach has reduced by 16%

·There has been an increase of 3.48 lakh passengers per day as compared to 2006-07 whereas increase in capacity has been for more than 10 lakh passengers perday.

Details of 36 services to be increased from 27thMarch, 2012

ServiceNo. of services
Churchgate-Virar-Churchgate=6 (4Dn, 2Up)
Borivali-Virar-Borivali=18 (8Dn,10Up)
Bhayander-Churchgate=1 Up
Dadar-Virar-Dadar=2 (1Up,1Dn)
Andheri-Virar-Andheri=6 (3Up,3Dn)
Andheri-Bhayander=1 Dn
Bandra-Virar-Bandra=2 (1Up,1Dn)

Details of 36 services to be increased from 27thMarch, 2012

ServiceNo. of services
Churchgate-Virar-Churchgate=6 (4Dn, 2Up)
Borivali-Virar-Borivali=18 (8Dn,10Up)
Bhayander-Churchgate                      =1 Up
Dadar-Virar-Dadar=2 (1Up,1Dn)
Andheri-Virar-Andheri=6 (3Up,3Dn)
Andheri-Bhayander=1 Dn
Bandra-Virar-Bandra=2 (1Up,1Dn)
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SCR crosses the milestone of 100 Million Tonnes of Originating Freight Loading

SCR crosses the milestone of 100 Million Tonnes of Originating Freight Loading

1.South Central Railway reaches the landmark of 100 Million Tonnes (or 1000 Lakh Tonnes) of Originating Freight Loading o­n 23.03.2012 during the current financial year. It makes SCR to proudly join the prestigious "100 Million Tonnes Plus Loading'league" of Indian Railways which at present contains o­nly three Zonal Railways - South East Central, East Coast and South Eastern Railways. o­n this occasion, Shri G N Asthana, General Manager, South Central Railway hailed the achievement and has congratulated the Officers & Staff.

2.During the current Fiscal 2011-12, SCR is set to reachapproximately 103 Million Tonnes (MTs) of Originating Freight Loadingcompared to 96 MTs in the previous Fiscal with a growth rate of 6.8%, despite several disturbances due to Rail Rokos/Strike affecting Freight movement and Coal Loading from Singareni Collieries.

3.The Freight Traffic growth o­n SCR in the recent past has been phenomenal, which grew sharply from 73.8 MTs Loading in 2008-09 to 103 MTs in 2011-12. Thus the Zone could load 28 MTs of additional traffic in just three years, posting o­ne of the highest growth rates in Freight Loading o­n Indian Railways.

4.Freight Earnings constitute approximately 70% of the Originating Earnings of SCR.

The volume of the Goods Loading and Earnings in the last four years is shown below:





2011-12 (Approx.)

Originating Freight Loading (in MTs)





Originating Freight Earnings (Rs. in Crs)





5.Coal constitutes around 52% of the total Loading o­n SCR. Cement, fertilizer and food grains are the other major constituents

Commodity-wise comparative growth in Loading & Earnings in FY 2011-12 vis-avis 2010-11 is detailed below:


Loading (MTs)

Earnings (Rs. in Crs)


2011-12 (Approx.)

% Growth



% Growth






















Food Grains





















6.In terms of number of rakes, South Central Railway loads an average of 85 Rakes per day (mainly, Coal – 37 Rakes, Cement – 22 Rakes, Food grains – 7 Rakes and Fertilizers – 7 Rakes), compared to an average of 77 Rakes per day during last year. Thus, SCR loaded an additional 8 Rakes everyday in comparison to last year.

7.The Freight Loading of SCR got a critical impetus from the Traffic offered at the two Ports o­n Eastern Coast of the Zone, viz., Krishnapatnam and Kakinada.

The Loading and Unloading at these ports over the last five years is shown below :

(Lakh tonnes)




























2011-12 (Approx.)





Imported Coal, Imported Fertilizers and Granite are the major constituents of Rail-borne traffic from these Ports.

8.The Freight infrastructure available o­n South Central Railway is as below :

Goods Sheds

Private Sidings





Keeping in view the future traffic potential, South Central Railway is taking up continuous improvements at Goods Sheds towards capacity expansion and upgradation of the requisite facilities for loading and unloading activities.

9.In spite of the commendable growth so far, South Central Railway is conscious of the huge potential in Freight Loading in the wake of expansion of the existing Ports and development of new Ports o­n the Zone and ever-raising demand from industry ; And is all geared up to further scale up its Freight activities to meet the requirements of the customers within the existing resources.
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AC Summer Specials Trains on Konkan Railway Route

In addition to 76 Summer Special Trains,  already announced on Konkan Railway Route recently , Konkan Railway  in co-ordination with Western Railway, has now  introduced the following 20 additional AC Summer Special  Trains Weekly between Ahmedabad–Madgaon - Ahmedabad for the convenience of its most valuable and esteemed passengers. The details of these train services are as under:

Train No. 09414 / 09413 Ahmedabad – Madgaon - Ahmedabad (Weekly)

Train No.






( On only Wed)



16.15 / 13.15 Hrs (On next day)

04/04/2012, 11/04/2012, 18/04/2012, 25/04/2012, 02/05/2012, 09/05/2012, 16/05/2012, 23/05/2012, 30/05/2012, 06/06/2012  

 09413 (On only  Thu)



15.20 / 13.35 Hrs  (On next day)

05/04/2012, 12/04/2012, 19/04/2012, 26/04/2012, 03/05/2012, 10/05/2012, 17/05/2012, 24/05/2012, 31/05/2012, 07/06/2012

With these additional trains, the total number of Summer Special Trains being run on Konkan Railway Route during Summer Season 2012 rises to 96. It is requested that wide publicity may kindly be given for the same for the convenience of the travelling passengers on the Konkan Railway Route.

Halts at:The trains will halt at Rajkot, Surendra Nagar, Viramgam Jn., Ahmedabad,   Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad, Vapi, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha,   Ratnagiri, & Thivim stations. The train will have 15 coaches with Composition of Nine AC III Tier, Three AC II Tier, One I st AC, & Two SLR Coach.
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Train to Bandra gladdens Hisar residents

The introduction of a new train, the Vivek Express, running between Bandra and Jammu via Hisar has gladdened the hearts of the city residents.On its first run between Jammu and Bandra (Mumbai), the train was welcomed at the local railway station on Monday evening by a large number of people.A local charitable organisation even got food packets prepared for its passengers, which were distributed free of cost. The organisation had ordered 100 packets containing poories and chhole, and there were 250 passengers in the train.The train will leave Jammu Tawi every Monday at 9.30 am and reach Bandra Terminus at 10.35pm every Tuesday.It leaves Bandra Terminus at 12.05pm every Saturday and reach Jammu Tawi at 1.15 am o­n Monday. The train covers a distance of 1882 km.This is the first direct train link between Hisar and Mumbai.
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20 March 2012

Provides more connectivity to Gujarat/Rajasthan bound passengers

Train No.09053 Valsad - Jodhpur Weekly Special will leave Valsad at 22.40 hrs o­n every Tuesday from 3rd April, 2012 to 26th June, 2012 and reach Jodhpur at 15.00 hrs, the next day.

Similarly, in return direction Train No. 09054 Jodhpur - Valsad Weekly Special will leave Jodhpur at 16.30 hrs o­n every Wednesday from 4th April, 2012 to 27th June, 2012 and reach Valsad at 09.30 hrs, the next day.

The train will halt at Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Sabarmati, Mehesana Jn., Palanpur, Abu Road, Falna and Marwar Jn. stations in both directions.

The train will have AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier, Sleeper class and II class general accommodation.
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WR to run Ahmedabad-Madgaon Weekly AC Summer Special Train (Via Vasai Road)

For the convenience of passengers, WR will run a weekly summer special train between Ahmedabad and Madgaon during the summer vacations.

Train No.09414 Ahmedabad-Madgaon Weekly AC Special train will leave Ahmedabad o­n every Wednesday at 16.15 hrs to reach Madgaon at 13.15 hrs the next day from 4th April to 6th June, 2012. Similarly, Train No. 09413 Madgaon-Ahmedabad Weekly AC Special will depart from Madgaon o­n every Thursday at 15.20 hrs to reach Ahmedabad at 13.35 hrs the next day from 5th April to 7th June, 2012.

The train will have I AC, II AC and AC III tier coaches.

It will halt at Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad, Vapi, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Ratnagiri and Thivim stations in both directions.
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Introduction of Tatkal Reservation Scheme in Duronto Express Trains

The charges for bookingtickets under Tatkal Reservatin Scheme in different classes of Duronto Express will be the same as applicable to the other Mail / Express Trains at present.
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Shri Amarnath Pradhan, Hon’ble Member of Parliamrnt (Lok Sabha) flagged off the new passenger train between Sambalpur and Koraput in presence of Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur at Sambalpur Railway Station today.
Welcoming the distinguished guests on this occasion, Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, East Coast Railway/Sambalpur stated that, the Sambalpur Division of ECoR has made all round efforts for development in the region as well as of its jurisdiction. Highlighting the development and achievement of Sambalpur Railway Division of East Coast Railway, Shri Gupta stated that, this Division has taken necessary steps to complete various traffic works and works relating to train operations with the co-operation of State Government. Passenger facilities at important stations like Bargarh, Balangir, Titlagarh, Kesinga, Mahasamund etc. has been considerably improved in last two years.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Amarnath Pradhan, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) expressed his happiness for introduction of this new train. The programme was attended by all Senior Railway officers with dignitaries from Govt. of Orissa.
This train will leave Sambalpur at 10.00 hrs.and will arrive at Koraput at 00.45 hrs.. In the return journey, the train will leave Koraput at 2.30 hrs. and will arrive Sambalpur at 18.00 hrs. This train will stop at all stations between Sambalpur –Koraput
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The yard remodeling work at Mumbai Central for the extension of platforms to accommodate 24 coaches trains is going to be finished by 24th March, 2012. Some Mail/Express and Passenger trains will remain shifted to Dadar, Bandra Terminus and Andheri stations temporarily upto 24th March, 2012.

Accordingly, train no. 12902 Mumbai Cerntral-Ahmedabad Gujarat Mail and train no. 59442 Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Passenger will be terminated at Dadar while train no. 59441 Mumbai Central-AhmedabadPassenger will start form Dadar instead of Mumbai Central during this period.

Train nos. 19023/19024 Mumbai Central-Firozpur Janata Express will terminate at and also start from Bandra Terminus. Till then, Firozpur Janata Express will halt temporarily at Andheri Station in both directions for the convenience of passengers.

59462 Dahanu Road-Mumbai Central Shuttle will be terminated at Andheri while 59024/59023 Mumbai Central-Valsad Fast Passenger will start from and terminate at Dadar upto 24th March, 2012.
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High Level Co-ordination Meeting of Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police Personnel Held

Shri G.N. Asthana, General Manager, South Central Railway chaired a high level co-ordination meeting today (19th March, 2012) attended by the Chiefs of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) having jurisdictionsover South Central Railway.
Shri J.N. Jagan Nath, Additional General Manager, Several Principal Heads of Department of South Central Railway and Chiefs of RPF Viz., Shri B. Mohan, Inspector General & Chief Security Commissioner, South Central Railway, Shri S.K. Mishra, Inspector General & Chief Security Commissioner, East Coast Railway, Bhubaneswar and Divisional Security Commissioners from Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Nanded, Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal Division of SC Rly. participated in the meeting.
Chiefs of Government Railway Police, Viz., Shri V.S.K. Koumudi, IPS Addl. Director General of Police (Railways), AP,Shri R. Shekar, IPS, Addl. Director General of Police (Railways) Tamil Nadu, Shri K.A. Hafeez, Addl. Director General of Police (Railways), Karnataka and Superintendents of Railway Police from Secunderabad, Guntakal, Nagpur and Hubli attended.
Shri G.N. Asthana, General Manager, South Central Railway, in his address, reiterated the need for havingfrequent coordination meetings of RPF and GRP officials to ensure enhanced security to passengers, freight, railway assets and railway operations. The General Manager told the RPF and GRP officials to adopt innovative measures and share their experience / intelligence to tackle the crimes in trains and railway premises.
Shri B. Mohan, Inspector General & Chief Security Commissioner, South Central Railway, narrated the efforts of RPF to protect railway properties and bring down crimes against passengers through a Power Point Presentation. Similarly, Shri Shri V.S.K. Koumudi, IPS, Addl. Director General of Police (Railways), AP,in his Power Pont Presentation, explained various crime control measures against theft, robbery and dacoity in trains.
The meeting discussed the areas where more co-ordination between RPF and GRP officials is required such as registering a complaint,joint escorting of vulnerable express trains, joint patrolling of sabotage prone areas, combined training course to RPF & GRP personnel, strengthening the GRP set up in Railway stations etc. Matter such as expansion of integrated Security System, opening of help line phones, baggage tags, maintaining the antecedence of contract staff working in the trains, stern action against eve-teasing against women in the MMTS trains, construction of fencing at areas prone to trespassing were alsodiscussed in the meeting
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19 March 2012

Additional coaches for Delhi-bound trains

The Railways have permanently augmented additional coaches on the Thiruvananthapuram-Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram weekly expresses, Ernakulam-Nizamuddin-Ernakulam weekly Mangala Expresses, and Ernakulam-Nizamuddin-Ernakulam weekly Expresses.As many as1,600 additional passengers will benefit from the augmentation of the coaches, said the Railways. An AC two-tier and a sleeper coach will be added to the 12643 Thiruvananthapuram-Nizamuddin weekly Express from March 20 and 12644 Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram weekly Express from March 23. A sleeper coach will be added to the 12617 Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Mangala Express from March 26 and 12618 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express from March 29.An AC three-tier and two sleeper coaches will be added to 12645 Ernakulam-Nizamuddin weekly Express from March 31, and 12646 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam weekly Express from April 3 onwards.
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Opening of Deoghar – Chandan Newly Constructed Section for Oassenger Traffic

Newly Constructed Broad GaugeLine,Deoghar – Chandan Section will be opend on 15.03.2012.
With the opening of Newly Constructed Broad GaugeLine,one pair of Passenger Trains will be introduced and will run as Train No.53581 /53582 on 15/03/2012   Jasidih – Deoghar -  Chandan Section as per the following Time Table mentioned below :

Train No.53581
          Train No.52582
11.50 hrs
13.25 hrs
11.59 hrs
13.11 hrs
12.25 hrs
12.50 hrs

Composition Of the Train No.53581 / 53582 : Six General 2nd Class Coaches and Two SLR Vans.

Days of Run : Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday and Saturday.

Concurrently Timing of Train No.53553 /53554 Jasidh – Dumka Passenger Trains and Train No.53552 Dumka – Jasidih Passenger Trains will be revised marginally with effect from 15.03.2012.

             The abstract Time Table will be as below :

Train No.53553
Train No.53554
Train No.53552
13.45 hrs
11.25 hrs
17.35 hrs
15.30 hrs
09.40 hrs
15.55 hrs
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Mega Block on 18.3.2012

Central Railway will operate Mega Block o­n its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work o­n Sunday 18.3.2012: -

FROM 10.50 AM TO 3.20 PM

Dn fast line services leaving Thane from 10.45 am to 2.20 pm will be diverted o­n Dn slow line between Thane and Kalyan stations and will halt at all stations between Thane and Kalyan.

FROM 11.00 AM TO 3.00 PM

All Up Harbour line services leaving Panvel from 10.43 am to 2.58 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations. All Dn Harbour line services leaving Nerul from 10.26 am to 3.06 pm will remain suspended between Nerul and Panvel stations.

All Up Panvel-Thane Transharbour line services leaving Panvel from 11.05 am to 2.16 pm will remain suspended between Panvel and Nerul stations. All Dn Thane-Panvel Transharbour line services leaving Nerul from 11.42 am to 2.48 pm will remain suspended between Nerul and Panvel stations.

However special locals will run o­n Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Nerul and Thane – Nerul sections during the block period.
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Train No. 09262 will be inaugurated on Saturday, the 17th March, 2012 from Porbandar, leaving at 09.30 AM.    

Train No.19262/19261 will run as a Weekly Train on Regular Basis Ex. Porbandar  every Thursday w.e.f. 22/03/2012 and from Kochuveli every Sunday w.e.f. 25/03/2012.

The Arrival / Departure timings of these trains are as under:-

Train No.



Departure / Arrival





18.20 / 15.30 Hrs   (On Third Day)

Every Thursday w.e.f.                  22/03/2012.




10.40 / 10.30 Hrs (On Third Day)

Every Sunday w.e.f. 25/03/2012.

 Halts at:  The trains will  halt  at  Wansjaliya, Jamnagar, Hapa, Rajkor, Surendranagar, Viramgam, Ahmedabad, Anand, Vadodara, Ankleshwar, Surat, Vasai Rd, Panvel Ratnagiri, Karwar, Udupi, Mangalore Jn, Kasargod, Kozhikode Tirur, Shoranur, Thrisur, Ernakulam Jn, Alappuzha, Kayankulam & Kollam Jn Kollam Jn.,The train will have 18 coaches with Composition of Seven Sleeper Coaches, Two AC- III Tier, One AC- II Tier, Six General & Two SLR Coaches.
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To carry out maintenance work of track, signalling & overhead equipments, five hours jumbo block will be taken between Borivali and Goregaon stations from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs o­n Sunday i.e 18th March, 2012 o­n Up & Down local i.e slow lines.

During the period, all Up & Down slow line trains will run o­n fast lines between Goregaon and Borivali stations. During the block period trains will be dealt o­n the Platform No. 3/4/5/6/6A at Borivali. Due to the block, some Up & Down local trains will remain cancelled.

Detailed information to this effect is available with concerned Station Masters. Passengers are requested to take note of the above arrangements.
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Train No.19407/19408 Ahmedabad-Varanasi Weekly Express

The inaugural service of this train will be run as 09407 Ex Ahmedabad at 12.30 hrs o­n 18/03/2012 to reach Varanasi at 00.30 hrs o­n 20/03/2012.

In its regular service, Train No. 19407 Ahmedabad – Varanasi Weekly Express will depart from Ahmedabad at 21.00 hrs o­n every Thursday from 29/03/2012 and reach Varanasi at 05.45 hrs o­n Saturday.

In its return direction, Train No. 19408 Varanasi – Ahmedabad Weekly Express will leave Varanasi at 15.30 hrs o­n every Saturday from 24/03/2012 to arrive at Ahmedabad at 23.55 hrs o­n Sunday.

It consists of AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier, Sleeper and Second Class general coaches.

It will halt at Sabarmati, Mahesana, Palanpur, Abu Road, Falna, Marwar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Alwar, Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Jn, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Nihalgarh, Sultanpur and Jaunpur in both the directions.
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Train No.19406/19405 Ahmedabad – Yeshvantpur AC Weekly Express

The inaugural service of this train will be run as Train No.09406 Ex Ahmedabad o­n 18/3/2012 at 13.30 hrs to reach Yeshvantpur at 23.50 hrs o­n Monday.

In its regular service, 19406 Ahmedabad – Yeshvantpur AC Weekly Express will depart from Ahmedabad at 21.40 hrs o­n every Saturday from 24/03/2012 and will arrive at Yeshvantpur at 06.40 hrs o­n Monday.

In its return journey, Train No. 19405 Yeshvantpur – Ahmedabad AC Weekly Express will leave Yeshvantpur at 10.45 hrs o­n every Monday from 26/03/2012 to reach Ahmedabad at 19.20 hrs o­n Tuesday.

It consists of IAC, AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier coaches.

It will halt at Anand, Vadodara, Ankleshwar, Surat, Vapi, Vasai Road, Kalyan, Lonavala, Pune, Solapur, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Badami, Gadag, Hubli, Devangere & Arsikere in both the directions.
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Chennai Central – Sainagar Shirdi – Chennai Central Weekly Expresses will be augmented by one Sleeper Class coach

T.No.22601/22602 Chennai Central – Sainagar Shirdi – Chennai Central Weekly Expresses will be augmented by one Sleeper Class coach with effect from 21.3.2012 ex.Chennai Central and 23.3.2012 ex. Sainagar Shirdi.
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Five new EMUs will be introduced in Chennai – Tiruvallur and Chennai – Gummidipundi corridor at a function to be held at Chennai Central at 15.30 hrs. on 18.3.2012. Thiru Saidai V. Duraisamy, Worshipful Mayor of Chennai will flag off the inaugural EMU between Chennai Central – Tiruvallur at the function which will be presided over by Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, Hon’ble M.P. Tmt. Vasanthi Stanley,Thiru T.K. Rangarajan & Thiru N. Balaganga, Hon’ble M.Ps, Thiru K. Nallathambi, M.L.A. and other dignitaries will be present on the occasion.

Regular services of the following EMUs in the Chennai region will commence from 19.3.2012, as per the timings mentioned against each.

Train No.
Avadi – Chennai Beach Daily
Chennai Beach – Gummidipundi Daily
Gummidipundi – Chennai Central Daily
Chennai Central – Tiruvallur
Tiruvallur – Chennai Central Daily

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15 March 2012

Bangalore double-decker among 10 new TN trains

Train journeys between Chennai and Bangalore could become even more comfortable and luxurious soon with the railways proposing to launch an air-conditioned double-decker daily service connecting the two major south Indian cities. Announcing this in the railway budget on Wednesday, Minister for Railways Dinesh Trivedi informed the House that several new trains would be introduced in Tamil Nadu. Chennai is set to get three more weekly trains to Puri, Shalimar, Visakhapatnam and Asansol through Purulia, Sambalpur and Vizianagaram. Trains connecting different parts of the country from major cities in the State were also announced in the budget. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via Roha, Vasai Road, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur, Tiruchy-Tirunelveli Intercity Express (Daily) via Madurai and Virudhunagar, Dadar (T)-Tirunelveli Express (Weekly) via Roha, Coimbatore and Erode, Mannargudi-Tirupati Express (Tri-Weekly) via Tiruvarur, Villupuram and Katpadi, Kacheguda-Madurai Express (Weekly) via Dharmavaram, Pakala and Jolarpettai have been proposed for Tamil Nadu this year. Two daily passenger trains from Villupuram to Katpadi and Mayiladuthurai have also been announced. Besides, a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit from Palakkad to Erode and a daily Diesel Electric Multiple Unit on the Mannargudi-Tiruchy-Manamadurai section were also part of the announcements.
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Railway Budget 2012: Andhra Pradesh Gets 21 New Trains

Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, on Wednesday, announced the following new trains for Andhra Pradesh, while tabling the Railway Budget for the financial year 2012-13 in the Lok Sabha.
Of 75 new trains announced, AP got a major share of 21 new trains.
The following is the list of new trains:
Secunderabad-Shalimar AC Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada Kakinada-Secunderabad AC Express (Tri-weekly) Visakhapatnam-Chennai Express (Weekly) Visakhapatnam-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada, Manmad Kacheguda-Madurai Express (Weekly) via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Jolarpettai Secunderabad-Darbhanga Express (Bi-weekly) via Ballarshah, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Ranchi, Jhajha Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Link Express (Daily) via Vizianagaram Puri-Yesvantpur Garib Rath Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Guntur Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Gudur Visakhapatnam-Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly) via Titlagarh, Raipur Adilabad-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Daily) via Mudkhed Mysore-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Bangalore, Dharmavaram, Bellary Mannargudi-Tirupati Express (Tri-Weekly) via Thiruvarur, Villupuram, Katpadi Secunderabad-Nagpur Express (Triweekly) via Kazipet Karimnagar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Pedapalli Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Manmad, Itarsi, Ratlam Asansol-Chennai Express (Weekly) via Purulia, Sambalpur, Vizianagaram Bidar-Secunderabad Intercity Express (6 days a week) Secunderabad-Belampalli Intercity Express (Daily) via Kazipet Yerraguntla-Nosam/Nanganapalli Passenger (Daily) Gunupur-Palasa (via Parlakhemundi) Passenger (Daily)
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14 March 2012

which State got what trains

andhra pradesh-1. Secunderabad-Shalimar AC Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada
2. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via,Roha,Vasai Road,Ahmedabad,Jodhpur
3. Kakinada-Secunderabad AC Express (Tri-weekly)
4. Bidar-Secunderabad Intercity Express (6 days a week)
5. Secunderabad-Belampalli Intercity Express(Daily) via Kazipet
6. Dadar (T)- Tirunelveli Express (Weekly) via Roha, Coimbatore,Erode
7. Visakhapatnam-Chennai Express (Weekly)
8. Visakhapatnam-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada,Manmad
9. Indore-Yesvantpur Express (Weekly) via Itarsi,Narkher,Amravati,Akola,Kacheguda
10. Kacheguda-Madurai Express (Weekly) via Dharmavaram,Pakala,Jolarpettai
11. Secunderabad-Darbhanga Express (Bi-weekly) via Ballarshah, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Ranchi, Jhajha
12. Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Link Express (Daily) via Vizianagaram
13. Puri-Yesvantpur Garib Rath Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Guntur
14. Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam,Gudur
15. Visakhapatnam-Lokmanya Tilak(T) Express (Weekly) via Titlagarh,Raipur
16. Jaipur-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Nagda, Bhopal, Narkher, Amravati, Akola
17. Shalimar-Chennai Express (Weekly)
18. Porbander-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Viramgam,Vasai Road
19. Secunderabad-Nagpur Express (Triweekly) via Kazipet
20. Karimnagar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Pedapalli
21. Chennai-Puri Express (Weekly)
22. Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (Weekly)via Manmad, Itarsi, Ratlam
23. Asansol-Chennai Express (Weekly) via Purulia, Sambalpur,Vizianagaram                                                   assam-1.Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi
2. Kamakhya-Tezpur Intercity Express (Daily)
3. Dibrugarh-Kolkata Express (Weekly)              bihar-1.Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi
2. Chhapra-Manduadih Intercity Express (Daily) via Phephna, Rasra, Mau, Aunrihar
3. Secunderabad-Darbhanga Express (Bi-weekly) via Ballarshah, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Ranchi, Jhajha
4. Bilaspur-Patna Express (Weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha 
5. Howrah-Raxual Express (Bi-weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha, Barauni
6. Kolkata-Jaynagar Express (Weekly) via Asansol,Jhajha,Barauni
7. Darbhanga-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Raxaul, Sitapur, Bareilly, Kasganj, Mathura 

chhatisgarh-1. Bilaspur-Patna Express (Weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha
2. Durg-Jagdalpur Express (Tri-Weekly) via Titlagarh
3. Shalimar-Bhuj Express (Weekly) via Bilaspur, Katni, Bhopal 

delhi-1. Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Udhampur AC Express (Tri-Weekly) via Ambala, Jalandhar 
2. Bandra (T)-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Phulera
3. Anandvihar-Haldia Express(Weekly) via Mughalsarai, Gomoh, Purulia
4. Running of independent train between Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin by delinking from 12405/12406 Bhusawal- Hazrat Nizamuddin and 12409/12410 Raigarh-Nizamuddin Gondwana Express

goa-1. Hapa-Madgaon Express (Weekly) via Vasai Road,Roha

gujrat-1. Bandra (T)-Bhuj AC Express (Tri-Weekly) 
2. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via,Roha,Vasai Road,Ahmedabad,Jodhpur 
3. Ahmedabad-Ajmer Intercity Express (Daily)
4. Okha-Jaipur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Ajmer
5.Dwarka-Somnath Express (Daily)
6. Valsad-Jodhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Marwar 
7. Porbander-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Viramgam,Vasai Road
8. Hapa-Madgaon Express (Weekly) via Vasai Road,Roha
9. Ahmedabad-Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Jaipur,Mathura,Farrukhabad, Kanpur 
10. Malda Town-Surat Express ( Weekly) via Rampur Hat, Asansol, Nagpur

jammu and kashmir-1. Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Udhampur AC Express (Tri-Weekly) via Ambala, Jalandhar 

jharkhand-1. Ranchi-Dumka Intercity Express (Daily) via Deoghar
2. Secunderabad-Darbhanga Express (Bi-weekly) via Ballarshah, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Ranchi, Jhajha
3. Santragachi-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Kharagpur, Chandil, Barkakana, Katni, Kota

karnataka-1. Yesvantpur-Kochuveli AC Express ( Weekly)
2. Chennai-Bangalore AC Double-decker Express (Daily) 
3. Indore-Yesvantpur Express (Weekly) via Itarsi,Narkher,Amravati,Akola,Kacheguda
4. Puri-Yesvantpur Garib Rath Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Guntur 
5. Mysore-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Bangalore,Dharmavaram,Bellary
6. Solapur-Yesvantpur Express (Tri-weekly) via Gulbarga

kerala-1. Yesvantpur-Kochuveli AC Express ( Weekly)

madhya pradesh-1.Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi
2. Habibganj-Indore AC Double-decker Express (Daily)
3. Jabalpur-Singrauli Intercity Express (Daily) via New Katni Jn.
4. Indore-Yesvantpur Express (Weekly) via Itarsi,Narkher,Amravati,Akola,Kacheguda
5. Bikaner-Puri Express (Weekly) via Jaipur,Kota,Katni Murwara, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur
6. Jhansi-Mumbai Express (Weekly) via Gwalior, Maksi, Nagda 
7. Indore-Rewa Express ( Tri-weekly) via Bina
8. Running of independent train between Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin by delinking from 12405/12406 Bhusawal- Hazrat Nizamuddin and 12409/12410 Raigarh-Nizamuddin Gondwana Express
9. Santragachi-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Kharagpur, Chandil, Barkakana, Katni, Kota

maharashtra-1.Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi
2. Bandra (T)-Bhuj AC Express (Tri-Weekly) 
3. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via,Roha,Vasai Road,Ahmedabad,Jodhpur 
4. Dadar (T)- Tirunelveli Express (Weekly) via Roha, Coimbatore,Erode
5. Visakhapatnam-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada,Manmad 
6. Amravati-Pune Express (Bi-weekly) via Akola, Purna and Latur 
7. Sai Nagar Shirdi-Pandharpur Express (Tri-weekly) via Kurduwadi
8. Visakhapatnam-Lokmanya Tilak(T) Express (Weekly) via Titlagarh,Raipur 
9. Jaipur-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Nagda, Bhopal, Narkher, Amravati, Akola
10. Adilabad-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Daily) via Mudkhed 
11. Mysore-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Bangalore,Dharmavaram,Bellary
12. Porbander-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Viramgam,Vasai Road
13. Bandra (T)-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Phulera
14. Hapa-Madgaon Express (Weekly) via Vasai Road,Roha
15. Bikaner-Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Jodhpur,Marwar,Ahmedabad
16. Gandhidham-Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Morbi
17. Jhansi-Mumbai Express (Weekly) via Gwalior, Maksi, Nagda 
18. Secunderabad-Nagpur Express (Triweekly) via Kazipet
19. Running of independent train between Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin by delinking from 12405/12406 Bhusawal- Hazrat Nizamuddin and 12409/12410 Raigarh-Nizamuddin Gondwana Express
20. Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (Weekly)via Manmad, Itarsi, Ratlam
21. Amritsar- Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Weekly)
22. Malda Town-Surat Express ( Weekly) via Rampur Hat, Asansol, Nagpur

odisha-1. Secunderabad-Shalimar AC Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada
2. Barbil-Chakradharpur Intercity Express (Daily) via Dongoaposi, Jhinkpani 
3. Bikaner-Puri Express (Weekly) via Jaipur,Kota,Katni Murwara, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur
4. Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Link Express (Daily) via Vizianagaram 
5. Puri-Yesvantpur Garib Rath Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Guntur 
6. Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam,Gudur
7. Chennai-Puri Express (Weekly)
8. Asansol-Chennai Express (Weekly) via Purulia, Sambalpur,Vizianagaram
punjab-1. Kanpur-Amritsar Express (Weekly) via Farrukhabad, Bareilly
2. Amritsar- Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Weekly) 

rajasthan-1. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via,Roha,Vasai Road,Ahmedabad,Jodhpur 
2. Ahmedabad-Ajmer Intercity Express (Daily)
3. Ajmer-Haridwar Express (Tri-weekly) via Delhi
4. Bikaner-Puri Express (Weekly) via Jaipur,Kota,Katni Murwara, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur
5. Firozpur-Sriganganagar Express (Daily) via Fazilka,Abohar
6. Jaipur-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Nagda, Bhopal, Narkher, Amravati, Akola
7. Okha-Jaipur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Ajmer
8. Valsad-Jodhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Marwar 
9. Bandra (T)-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Phulera
10. Bikaner-Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Jodhpur,Marwar,Ahmedabad
11. Ahmedabad-Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Jaipur,Mathura,Farrukhabad, Kanpur
12. Gandhidham-Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Morbi
13. Kota-Hanumangarh Express (Daily) via Jaipur,Degana,Bikaner 
14. Darbhanga-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Raxaul, Sitapur, Bareilly, Kasganj, Mathura
15. Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (Weekly)via Manmad, Itarsi, Ratlam
16. Santragachi-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Kharagpur, Chandil, Barkakana, Katni, Kota

tamil nadu-1. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via,Roha,Vasai Road,Ahmedabad,Jodhpur 
2. Chennai-Bangalore AC Double-decker Express (Daily) 
3. Tiruchchirappalli-Tirunelveli Intercity Express (Daily) via Madurai,Virudunagar 
4. Dadar (T)- Tirunelveli Express (Weekly) via Roha, Coimbatore,Erode 
5. Visakhapatnam-Chennai Express (Weekly)
6. Kacheguda-Madurai Express (Weekly) via Dharmavaram,Pakala,Jolarpettai 
7. Shalimar-Chennai Express (Weekly)
8. Mannargudi – Tirupati Express (Tri-Weekly) viaThiruvarur,Villupuram,Katpadi
9. Chennai-Puri Express (Weekly) 
10. Asansol-Chennai Express (Weekly) via Purulia, Sambalpur,Vizianagaram

uttarakhand-1. Ajmer-Haridwar Express (Tri-weekly) via Delhi

uttar pradesh-1. Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi
2. Kanpur-Allahabad Intercity Express (Daily)
3. Chhapra-Manduadih Intercity Express (Daily) via Phephna, Rasra, Mau, Aunrihar
4. Ajmer-Haridwar Express (Tri-weekly) via Delhi
5. Howrah-Lalkuan Express (Weekly) via Mughalsarai,Varanasi,Lucknow
6. Firozpur-Sriganganagar Express (Daily) via Fa

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Budget 2012-2013 Speech of Dinesh Trivedi Minister of Railways March 14, 2012

Budget 2012-2013
Speech of
Dinesh Trivedi
Minister of Railways
March 14, 2012
Madam Speaker,
1. I rise to present the Railway Budget for 2012-13.
2. I consider it a great privilege for me to head the strong and
vibrant railway family and present my maiden Railway Budget which is
also the first year of the  12
Five Year Plan.  I am grateful to the
Hon'ble Prime Minister for his inspiring guidance and support in
formulating the Budget.
3. I am also grateful to the Hon’ble Finance Minister and the UPA
Chairperson, Smt. Sonia Gandhi for their support.  It would not have
been possible for me to present this budget had I not received the
support and confidence of my party, All India Trinamool Congress, and
its chairperson, Mamata Banerjee, to whom I shall always remain
grateful. Above all, I am grateful to as it is only because of
their blessings that I have been able to make it to this Parliament.
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4. Madam Speaker, when I look at the list of illustrious leaders of
this country who had donned the mantle of Indian Railways right from
Sh. Asaf Ali to Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri, to Sh. Jagjivan Ram ji, to Sh.
Gulzari Lal Nanda, Sh. Kamalapati Tripathi, Sh. Madhu Dandavate to
Mamata Banerjee, I find myself nowhere near their stature.  But I have
certainly tried to take lessons from the pages of history and from their
contribution to this great institution.  I am grateful to Mamata
Banerjee for giving vision to railways in her Vision 2020 document,
which has guided me immensely in framing the roadmap for carrying
forward the task.
5. I am grateful to each and every member of 14 lakh strong Rail
Parivar which has not only given confidence to me but has also shown
the direction.  It is through their dedication, hardwork, loyalty and
sacrifice that the  railways have scaled great heights.  No other 2
organization can perhaps draw a parallel with Indian Railways. Right
from the Board Members  to the gangman, it is only this unity which
has  overcome  various challenges and has made the country proud.
Therefore, I dedicate to them all the achievements of the railways so
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6. Madam, when I took oath on 12th July 2011 as Minister of
Railways, the railways had just been overtaken by an unfortunate rail
accident at Fatehpur Malwa near Kanpur on 10th July, 2011.  I had
rushed to the accident site instead of going to Rail Mantralaya. The
intensity of pain and misery experienced by the passengers and their
relatives continues to haunt me and I have spent sleepless nights.  At
that very moment, I took a vow to eliminate recurrence of such painful
happenings and decided that my entire emphasis is going to be on
strengthening Safety, Safety and Safety.  The death on rail tracks just
can never be tolerated and it is not acceptable.
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7. I would like to reiterate my strong conviction  and  belief in  the
phrase, “Safety Never Sleeps” as emphasized by Mamata Banerjee all
along.  I believe that safety on Indian Railways has to be benchmarked
against other modern railway systems in the world, be it in Europe or
Japan.  Safety standards have been remarkable in these systems, with
no deaths due to rail accidents for decades together on high speed
8. Although I am not at all satisfied with the safety standards at the
present moment, I must inform the august House that the entire
railway family  is equally concerned and has been making concerted
efforts in this direction.  The commitment made in 2001  to reduce
accidents per million train km from 0.55 to 0.17 has been achieved.
However, our target should be zero death.
9. I would like to inform the august House that more than 40% of
the consequential train accidents, involving 60% to 70% of the total
casualties occur at unmanned level crossings. However, funding is an
issue which needs to be collectively addressed. To fast track
elimination of level crossings in the next five years, I have decided to
set up a  Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)  named  Rail-Road Grade
Separation Corporation of India.3
10. In order to achieve even higher safety standards, I decided to set
up a committee to examine the current standards of safety on Indian
Railways and to suggest suitable benchmarks and safety protocols.
Considering the zero tolerance approach in the areas of nuclear
science and aerospace, I felt that the best people to guide railways in
determining appropriate safety protocols should be from these two
fields.  My dear friend, Dr. Kasturi Rangan who himself is an eminent
space scientist, and to whom I am grateful, suggested the name of Dr.
Anil Kakodkar to head this this ‘High Level Railway Safety Committee’.
I am also grateful to Dr. Kakodkar and his team for readily accepting
my request despite their extremely busy schedule. This gesture
underlines the fact that interests of people and the nation are close to
their hearts.  The Committee has submitted its Report on 17th
February, 2012 and recommended far reaching measures and safety
11. Madam Speaker, I assure the august House that the
recommendations of the Committee will receive focussed attention as
required.  By way of initiating a long term approach to safety and in
line with recommendations of the Committee, I propose to set up an
independent Railway Safety Authority as a statutory regulatory body.
The functions of the Authority would be worked out in greater details
in line with international practices in the best interests of passenger
safety.  Since research and development activities are central to any
tangible results in the area of safety enhancement, I also propose to
set up a Railway Research and Development Council at the apex level
to spearhead such efforts. This would also be in line with
recommendations of Kakodkar Committee.
12. In today’s world, safety is driven by improved technology.  Hence
safety standards cannot be achieved without modernization, as safety
and modernization are two sides of the same coin.  At the same time,
modernization cannot take place without  financial  resources and
professionalization of manpower.  Therefore, I had set up yet another
Expert Group headed by Mr. Sam Pitroda on modernization and
resource mobilization. The Group has submitted its report on 27th
February, 2012 and has provided a blueprint for the next five years for
modernisation of Indian Railways.  The recommendations of the Group
entail an estimated investment of `5.60 lakh crore.  4
13. There has been considerable criticism of  Indian Railways in
regard to only partial implementation of recommendations of several
committees set up in the past.  In this context, the Safety Committee
has also observed that  Indian Railways suffers from  an
‘implementation bug’.
14. The Expert Group for Modernisation of  Indian Railways has
recommended implementation of the modernization programmes
following a ‘Mission  Mode’ approach, with clear objectives,
measurable milestones, tangible deliverables and well defined
timelines.  I have decided to create Missions headed by Mission
Directors in each of the identified areas for a three year term.  The
Directors will directly report to the Railway Board.  Each Mission
would be provided with appropriate budget and operational autonomy.
In addition, a High Level Committee will be set up to facilitate
coordination amongst the Missions, fast-track implementation, and
address bottlenecks coming in the way. With this, I expect that action
on  recommendations of the two committees would take place in a
time-bound and need-based manner.
15. The Approach Paper of the Planning Commission to the 12th
Plan, which is yet to be approved, envisages an investment of US$1
trillion in the infrastructure sector with half the investment or `25 lakh
crore  expected from private sector, and remaining  `25 lakh crore
being  planned by the government from its own resources.  I believe
that Railways, being a key transport and big infrastructure sector for
the nation, must attract at least 10% of the government share of
investment i.e. about `2.50 lakh crore during the 12th Plan period.
16. Madam, I intend to align Indian Railways’ investment in the 12th
Plan period keeping in mind the recommendations of the two
committees that I have set up.  I am happy to inform the  Hon’ble
Members that the 12th Plan investment proposed by Railways at `7.35
lakh crore represents a quantum jump over the investment during XI
Plan of  `1.92 lakh crore.  The required resources for the plan are
proposed to be met by:-
i. Gross Budgetary Support of `2.5 lakh crore;
ii. Government support for national projects of `30,000 crore;
iii. Ploughing back of dividend of `20,000 crore
iv. Internal Resources of `1,99,805 crore5
v. Extra Budgetary Resources of `2,18,775 crore
vi. Railway Safety Fund of `16,842 crore.
17. The national concern of safeguarding our borders also needs to
be adequately addressed.  The geo-political situation on borders
arising out of building of state-of-art road and rail network by
neighbouring countries requires a matching response. The railways
must remain in a state of preparedness to move men and machines to
border areas.  It is therefore, necessary to undertake such projects on
priority and to ensure adequate government funding.  There is also an
emergent need to connect the remote and backward areas through
socially desirable rail connectivity schemes to foster growth.
Besides, there are projects of national importance in NE region and
Kashmir which are crucial  to  inclusive growth. The Pradhan Mantri
Rail Vikas Yojana as conceptualized by my leader Mamata Banerjee
with the blessings of Hon’ble Prime Minister is under formulation.  The
additional funding assistance required is assessed to be about `5 lakh
crore under the PMRVY from the government.
18. The railways have a large basket of pending projects.  A total of
487 projects of new lines, gauge conversion, doubling and railway
electrification with a throw-forward liability of  over  ` one lakh  crore
have already been approved by this august House in the past and are
at various stages of execution.  With  a  grossly inadequate level of
budgetary support, I can frankly and honestly admit that most of these
projects cannot be completed in a time bound manner.  The collective
challenge before us is to formulate viable funding mechanisms for
these projects which reflect the unfulfilled aspirations of the people.
19. Madam Speaker, a Budget is not just numbers in the form of
estimates of receipts and expenditure.  More importantly, it involves
policy pronouncements and defining goals along with a credible
roadmap to achieve the goals.  The choice before me was either just
to keep the system dragging or build a new, safe and modern,
passenger and freight  transportation system which would contribute
at least 2 to 2.5% to the GDP of the nation as against less than 1% at
present, and provide much needed employment opportunity to our
people.  I am glad to inform this august House, through you Madam,
that I have chosen the latter.   With this,  Indian Railways would
become an  even more powerful  engine of growth for the national 6
economy. This would require a multi-pronged approach.  Therefore, in
this budget I have focussed on
i. Safety;
ii. Consolidation;
iii. Decongestion & Capacity Augmentation
iv. Modernization;
v. To bring down the Operating Ratio from 95% to 84.9% in
2012-13 and to 74% in the terminal year of 12th Plan which
would be an improvement over the best ever achieved by
Indian Railways.
These would need to be supported by a sustainable financial model.
20. There cannot be a more opportune moment to formulate a long
term plan, now that we are at the threshold of finalising the 12th Five
Year Plan.  My budget, therefore, looks at a time horizon much beyond
a single year, as I intend to follow a carefully thought out plan for at
least five years, within the overall perspective of Vision 2020.  The
budget for 2012-13 would be a link in the chain and would seamlessly
integrate with the 12th Plan and Vision 2020 document of Mamata
21. Madam Speaker, after taking into account the spoken and
written words of experts and people who understand railways, reports
of Kakodkar and Pitroda Committees, and within the overall
parameters set out in Vision 2020 document, I realise that a huge sum
of `14 lakh crore is required in the next ten years.  Given the serious
constraint of funds even to meet the day to day operational
expenditure, I have a Himalayan task of running the Indian Railways
safely.  I had two very clear yet contrasting options  – either to keep
the railways in status quo mode with just incremental annual changes,
or as the phrase goes, ‘bite the bullet’. The second option would
involve going for a generational change with a focus on safety and
inclusive growth to meet the aspirations of this great country in the
next decade.  I chose the generational change, inspired by Kabi Guru
Rabindranath Tagore:
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”
22. Madam Speaker,  with a view  to  understanding the real
aspirations of the people, I have visited several states along with my
Board Members, starting with  the far flung  State of Nagaland in  the
northeast to Kerala in the south; Maharashtra in the west and
Chhattisgarh in Centre, besides Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and
Karnataka etc.  I interacted with the Chief Ministers and the Members
of both Houses of Parliament from  those states, cutting across party
lines.   I believe that perhaps there is not a single  Member of
Parliament with whom I did not have the privilege to interact.  I am
grateful to all the  Hon’ble  Members and the Chief Ministers whom I
met collectively, and also individually, and from whom I have truly
learnt a lot about the aspirations of the common man.
23. Madam Speaker, in the last eight months of my working as
Railway Minister, I have received  as many as  5741 requests. These
(i) 476 requests for projects of newlines, doubling and gauge
conversion or expediting their completion;
(ii) 273 requests for construction of ROB/RUBs,
(iii) 41 for electrification
(iv) 48 for setting of manufacturing facilities,
(v) 646 requests for new trains,
(vi) 303 for extension of trains,
(vii) 214 for increasing the frequency of trains,
(viii) Another 811 for train stoppages and
(ix) About  3000 requests for miscellaneous areas  such as
transfers & postings  of railway employees  and passenger
amenities etc.
I, as a Member of Parliament, do understand and realise the
expectations of people of the constituencies which each member
represents.  All their demands are genuine aspirations.
24. I am glad to state that in this Budget, I have tried to provide
something to meet the aspirations of the people across the length and
breadth of the country and  to  meet these demands within the 8
available resources.  I am sure when the members go through the
Annexures which are appended at the end of my budget speech, they
will appreciate that I have made sincere efforts.
25. I also have a clearer perspective of what railways mean to the
common man and how the railways have been a true catalyst of
integration.  Just as we cannot imagine India without Himalayas
we cannot imagine India without the holy river Ganga.
Similarly we cannot imagine India without Indian Railways.
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The Railways are the symbol and substance of India’s unity. Railways
have their wheels on earth, not in the sky or just urban streets. If we
do not strengthen Indian Railways, we weaken our country.  That is
why I truly believe that it is the collective responsibility of Parliament
to make Indian Railways into a sparkling service i.e. amongst the best
in the world.  This means national investment.  So the time has come
to think of a National Policy for Railways, just as we have one for
Defence and for External Affairs.
26. I have no doubt that infrastructure creation helps  alleviate
poverty.  Railways being the most important segment of
infrastructure,  there is a strong case for the government to
significantly enhance financial support to Indian Railways, facilitating
the development process being taken to the underdeveloped regions.
This will result in mainstreaming the people of these regions, so that
they can reap the fruits of economic development.
27. Madam, this Budget is unique in many ways.  I have  already
mentioned about my consultations with Chief Ministers and Members
of Parliament.  Besides, I have also had detailed discussions with
various Committees of Parliament including the  Consultative
Committee  and  Standing Committee; Railway  Staff Federations;
Chambers of Commerce & Industry and many other stakeholders. I
have made efforts to seek the views of media and general  public
through an industrious consultation process.  9
28. My budget has been prepared with the full realisation that Indian
Railways stand at a crossroads and  the present moment  offers  an
opportunity to signal a new dawn for the organization.  While the world
is grappling with the problem of dealing with a flat economy, India has
remained in a healthy growth mode all through the economic
downturn.  The world is looking towards India and the huge potential
it possesses to act as the Engine of Growth. On a somewhat smaller
scale, what India is to the world, Indian Railways are to the Indian
economy.   Therefore, if I may be permitted some immodesty, Indian
Railways has a very critical role in  catalysing growth for the world
economy.  I am conscious that India cannot sustain its present GDP
growth unless its lead basic infrastructure, Indian Railways,
modernizes and grows at least 10% annually.
29. Drawing from the recommendations of Kakodkar and Pitroda
Committees,  I have chosen five focus areas.  This would lead to
strengthening of the basic infrastructure of Indian Railways resulting
in safety, decongestion, capacity augmentation and modernization of
system, creating more efficient, faster and safer railways. The areas
a. Track;
b. Bridges;
c. Signalling & Telecommunication;
d. Rolling Stock; and
e. Stations & Freight Terminals
Annual Plan, 2012-13
30. Madam Speaker,  I would  now  like to discuss briefly each of
these areas and the proposed investment in the Annual Plan, 2012-13.
Within the constraints of funds,  the Annual Plan outlay for the year
2012-13 has been targeted at `60,100 crore, which is highest ever plan
investment.  The plan would be financed through:-
i. Gross Budgetary Support of `24,000 crore;
ii. Railway Safety Fund of `2,000 crore;
iii. Internal Resources of `18,050 crore; and
iv. Extra Budgetary Resources  of  `16,050 crore, which
includes market borrowing of `15,000 crore through IRFC. 10
Track and Bridges
31. With almost 80% of the traffic carried on 40% of the rail network,
the high density network (HDN) routes are over-saturated and there is
a crying need to upgrade and expand capacity to reduce congestion,
provide time for maintenance and improve productivity and safety.
This would include progressive shift to flash butt technology for
welding of rails, progressive use of 60 kg rails instead of 52 kg,
provision of thick web switches at points & crossings, mechanised
maintenance with the latest track machines and increased frequency
of ultrasonic testing of tracks.  During the next 5 years, I plan to
modernize nearly 19000 km track  through renewals, upgradation of
track, replacement and strengthening of 11,250 bridges to run heavier
freight trains of 25 tonne axle load and to achieve passenger train
speeds of 160 kmph and over, with an estimated expenditure of
`63,212 crore.  An allocation of  `6,467 crore has been made in the
Annual Plan, 2012-13, which forms about 11% of the total plan outlay.
Signalling Systems
32. Signalling system on Indian Railways will be modernized with the
provisioning of advanced technological features.  These would include
Panel/Route Relay Interlocking covering 700 more stations by 2014
thereby completing 5500 out of the required 6200 stations;
Interlocking of more than 1500 level crossing gates in addition to the
10000 already interlocked, leaving a balance of 350; complete track
circuiting at 1250 out of 6200 identified stations, installation of axle
counters at 3000 more stations and provision of isolation at the
remaining 625 stations. One of the significant advancement would be
the provisioning of Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS), which
ensures automatic application of brakes whenever a driver overshoots a signal at danger, thereby eliminating chances of collision of
trains.  To begin with, TPWS is proposed to be installed on more than
3,000 route kms, which would cover the entire automatic signalling
territory on Indian Railways. We are taking necessary action to ensure
that TPWS technology is suitably adapted to Indian conditions.  
Besides the efforts to develop TCAS (Train Collision Avoidance
System) integrating features of different technologies will be
continued by RDSO.   These would also be a pre-requisite to increase
speed of passenger trains to 160kmph.  The total cost of various
signalling and telecom works has been estimated to be `39,110 crore
in the next 5 years.  Towards this end, I propose to provide  `2,002 11
crore in 2012-13, which is more than double the allocation of the
current year and the highest ever.
Modernisation of Rolling Stock
33. Upgradation of coaches including  EMU coaches, locomotives
and wagons will be one of the key areas of modernization during the
next 5 years for improving safety and convenience &  comfort of
passengers.  Following measures are proposed:-
i. To increase manufacture of crash-worthy LHB coaches
with proven anti-climb feature  of  not toppling during
ii. To procure  new generation electric locomotives of 9000
and 12000 HP and diesel locomotives of 5500 HP & 6000
HP to facilitate running of heavier and longer freight trains
at higher speeds;
iii. To introduce new wagons with capability of 25 tonne axle
load and higher payload to tare ratio to improve
iv. Introduction of new Auto Car Wagon capable of carrying
318 cars per rake, presently undergoing oscillation trials;
v. With successful validation of running of double-stack
container trains, proliferation of such trains is also
34. The investment in rolling stock in the next 5 years is estimated
to be  `1,70,751 crore. I propose  highest ever  allocation of  `18,193
crore for the next year which represents more than 30% of the Annual
Plan outlay.
35. A combination of prudent investment decisions in the areas of
track & bridges, signalling, doubling and train-sets is proposed to be
adopted to enable train running at speed of 160 kmph and above.
While this would significantly reduce travel time for passenger trains
by 20-25%,  the freight trains would be able to carry enhanced
quantum of cargo with attendant revenue gains.  Such infrastructure
would also enable  Indian Railways to run Shatabdi trains on long
distance trunk routes and between metros. In fact, the travel time
between  New Delhi and Kolkata  would get reduced from  almost 17
hours to 14 hours. 12
Stations & Freight Terminals
36. Stations and Freight Terminals are our business centres. Indian
Railways have often drawn flak for not providing an enabling
ambience to these business centres which are used by customers. As
normal doses of incremental improvement and maintenance will not
be able to refurbish the external look and ambience at the stations, I
have set  up a separate organisation namely Indian Railway Station
Development Corporation, which will redevelop the stations and
maintain them on the pattern of airports. The SPV will draw upon the
success stories the world over, adopt a suitable revenue model and
target redevelopment of 100 stations in the next five years.  Being
funded through PPP route, these efforts will be cost neutral for Indian
Railways. It has been estimated that development of major stations in
metro cities has  the potential to create employment for about 50000
37. Similarly, to undertake upgradation of our goods sheds as also to
provide last mile servicing for freight traffic, I propose to create a
Logistics Corporation for development and management of existing
railway goods sheds and multimodal logistics parks.  This Corporation
would aim to provide total logistics solutions to the rail-users, thereby
cutting down on their operating costs.
38. In the last year’s budget speech, it was proposed to develope 4
new coaching terminals at Nemam and Kottayam in Kerala, Mau in
Uttar Pradesh and Dankuni in West Bengal.  I propose to undertake
surveys and feasibility studies for developing coaching terminals at
these four stations during 2012-13, besides undertaking a prefeasibility study for  development of Roypuram station in Tamil Nadu
for which many representations have been received.
39. Development of a new coaching complex in Navi Mumbai at
Panvel and coach maintenance complex at Kalamboli in partnership
with  Government of Maharashtra through CIDCO are also planned.
This will facilitate direct connectivity of Navi Mumbai to other parts of
the country.
40. Next year will be the 175
Birth Anniversary of one of the
greatest patriotic sons of India, Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
who gave the country “Vande Matram”.   In his memory, I propose to
set up a Coaching Terminal to be named after him at Naihati, his Birth 13
Place, and also a Museum.  We will run a Special Train across the
country to disseminate his legacy to the young generation.
41. Within the limited resources available, thrust is also being given
to capacity augmentation works. The projects of doubling and traffic
facilities are extremely important from operational point of view.  I
propose to allocate about  `4,410 crore to  capacity augmentation
works. To continue  Indian Railways’ drive towards improving
passenger amenities, an allocation of `1,102 crore has been provided
compared to  `762 crore in 2011-12.  I strongly feel that  valuable
services rendered by dedicated workforce of Indian Railways need to
be recognised by providing improved amenities to them. This would be
in the form of improvements at work places, better housing facilities,
improved service at  hospitals and other facilities. Accordingly,
allocation of  `717 crore in the current year has been almost doubled
to `1,388 crore in 2012-13.
Capacity Augmentation
42. The Budgetary Support to Indian Railways has been pegged at a
modest level of  `24,000 crore  as against a projected  requirement of
`45,000 crore.  The national projects in Kashmir and northeast region
have also to be funded out of this.  These projects alone need more
than `4,000 crore for the current year and may get delayed for want of
adequate funding.  I have already informed the august House of my
detailed plans of investment on safety, modernization and capacity
enhancement during the 12th Plan.  With lower budgetary support, the
deployment of capital would be lower to that extent.  I am sure
realizing the benefits of safety and modernization, the government will
enhance the allocation of GBS to Railways next year.
43. I am sure the House will join me in complimenting the Indian
Railways for the great achievement of completing 11 km long tunnel
through Pir Panjal Mountain Range, which would provide connectivity
to the Kashmir valley. When commissioned, this will be the  longest
transportation tunnel.
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New Lines
44. Madam, Railways continue to accord priority to construction of
new lines in the underdeveloped  parts  of the country.  The pace of
construction has  registered impressive growth, and we are confident
of completing 725 km of new lines in the current year (list of projects
appended as Annexure 1),  which is almost equal to last year
achievement of 709 km and far exceeds the average of about 200 km
only since independence.  I propose to take up completion of 45 new
line works covering 700 km during 2012-13.  A list of these projects is
at Annexure 2.
45. I have received many requests for taking  up new line projects.
All such requests have been duly considered and  wherever  surveys
have  been completed,  the proposals  have been referred to the
Planning Commission for appraisal and ‘in principle’ approval.  A list of
such  85 new line projects is at Annexure  3.  I also propose to
undertake a further  114 new line surveys during 2012-13 (listed at
Annexure 4).   State Governments have also been requested to come
forward for sharing the cost of the respective projects and to provide
land free of cost to facilitate early construction of projects. Despite
constraints, I have included  all the  11 new line projects which have
been  cleared by  the  Planning Commission  ‘in principle’  for
construction in 2012-13.  An allocation of `6,872 crore has been made
under the new lines planhead. A list of these projects is appended at
Annexure 5.
Gauge Conversion
46. Funding constraints are likely to cause slippage in the target of
1017 km for Gauge Conversion for 2011-12.  It is expected that 825 km
of gauge conversion projects  will be completed (list appended as
Annexure 6).  A target of 800 km has been fixed for next year with an
allocation of  `1,950 crore.  Seventeen gauge conversion projects are
proposed to be completed  in 2012-13  and are listed at Annexure  7.
With my emphasis on completion of ongoing gauge conversion works,
I have included only two new projects in the Budget, 2012-13 and the
list of these projects is at Annexure 8.  I have also sent four projects
of gauge conversion to the Planning Commission for appraisal and ‘in
principle’ approval.  A list of 4  such  gauge conversion projects is at
Annexure 9.  New surveys for converting seven narrow gauge lines are
also proposed to be taken up in 2012-13 (appended at Annexure 10).  15
47. The Unigauge Policy was adopted by  Indian Railways in 1992.
Since then, about 19,000 km have already been converted into broad
gauge, covering the major routes, leaving isolated sections of only
about 7,500 km on metre gauge/narrow gauge. I am happy to inform
this august house that with the present pace of conversion of about
800 to 900 kms every year, we will be able to convert  most of  the
MG/NG lines, except “World Heritage Lines” into broad gauge during
the 12th Plan period.
48. Doubling projects of 750 kms are expected to be completed in
2011-12 against the target of 867 kms (list at Annexure 11). A target
of 700 km covering 67 projects of doubling (list at Annexure 12) has
been fixed for 2012-13 with  a  budget allotment of  `3,393 crore as
against `2,640 cr in RE, 2011-12. I also propose to take up in 2012-13,
a further of 23 new projects of doubling/third line for which approvals
of Planning Commission have been obtained.  A list of these projects
is at Annexure  13.  I have also sent four projects of doubling to the
Planning Commission for appraisal and ‘in principle’ approval.  A list of
4 such projects is at Annexure 14.   A total of 21 surveys for doubling
are also being taken up during 2012-13.  A list is  appended  at
Annexure 15.
Railway Electrification
49. Madam, It is my proud privilege to apprise the House that during
the 11th Plan, we are poised to achieve 4,500 route kilometers of
electrification. Encouraged by this success, I propose to electrify
6,500 route kilometers during the 12th Plan period. This would include
electrification of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla line and hence provide
pollution free traction to the pristine Kashmir Valley. An allocation of
`828 crore has been provided in 2012-13 for electrification which will
enable completion of 1100 kms (listed at Annexure 16).  The details of
electrification of 10 new sections being included in the current year
budget, as also  20 surveys for electrification of additional sections,
are reflected in the list placed at Annexure 17.
50. Electrification on  Indian Railways had its advent  with the
introduction of 1500 volt DC traction system in Mumbai area during
1925 to 1929 for running of suburban services.  The system had
outlived its utility and required replacement to the modern 25000 volt
AC system.  It is my proud privilege to share with the august House 16
that the challenging task of conversion from DC to AC has been
successfully achieved on the entire Western Railway portion.  Similar
conversions will be completed during 2012-13 on the Central Railway
portion which extends to Pune.  This will give significant benefits by
way of higher speeds, reduced journey time and substantial savings in
operational costs.
Metropolitan Transport Projects
51. Kolkata Metro is the only metro system under  the  Indian
Railways.  I am therefore happy to share with the  Hon’ble Members
that the following works announced by Mamata Banerjee in previous
two budgets, are progressing satisfactorily:-
i. Extension from Dum Dum to Baranagar;
ii. Extenstion from Noapara to Airport (for running a shuttle
metro service between Noapara and airport);
iii. Noapara to Barasat via Bimanbandar;
iv. Baranagar to Barrackpore and Dakshineshwar;
v. Airport to New Garia via Rajarhat;
vi. Joka to BBD Bagh via Majerhat.
52. Joka-IIM-Diamond Park Metro extension as the first leg of JokaMahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro link is proposed to be taken up.
Survey report for extension of metro railway from Barrackpore to
Kalyani is being finalised and the work will be taken up in due course.
Besides, extension of circular railway from Remount Road to
Santoshpur via Garden Reach, Metiabruz has also been taken up.  I am
sure  that  with the completion of all these metro projects, metro
transport needs of the residents of Kolkata will be addressed to a
large extent.
53. The MMTS Phase-I has already been commissioned and is
providing excellent services to the people of Hyderabad and
Secunderabad.  To further augment rail transport services in the twin
cities, MMTS Phase II project announced in the last year budget has
now been sanctioned after obtaining the requisite clearances.
Railways also propose to set up a SPV with State Government of
Andhra Pradesh for commercial management of the MMTS.  While
leaving the train operations with the railways, this will provide the
required focus and flexibility for addressing the infrastructural and
business needs of the organization as also a much needed platform for
its rapid growth and development to meet public aspirations.  17
Feasibility of setting up similar SPVs for other suburban systems will
also be explored.
54. The work on extension of MRTS from Velachery to St. Thomas
Mount  in Chennai  is progressing smoothly and I am hopeful of
completing and commissioning this project during 2013.
55. I am extremely happy to inform the august House that Mumbai
Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has successfully completed its flagship
project of MUTP Phase I costing `4,500 crore with the cooperation of
Government of Maharashtra and other stakeholders. Rail users in
Mumbai have immensely benefitted with the induction of 1500 EMU
coaches, thus increasing the carrying capacity by 35% and thereby
reducing the congestion and overcrowding during peak hours. The
work on MUTP Phase II at a cost of  `5,300 crore is also progressing
well and its completion will further boost the suburban transport
services in Mumbai. A road map  for MUTP III has been prepared to
further strengthen and augment the suburban rail infrastructure and
MRVC would carry out feasibility study  for  construction of faster
corridors  on  CSTM-Panvel and Virar-Vasai-Diva-Panvel sections
through innovative financing mechanisms.  The proposed 72 km link
between Virar-Panvel 3rd line in the PPP mode will open new avenues
for development of northern part of Mumbai and facilitate commuters
to transit between eastern and western parts of the city.  Feasibility
of a spur from Panvel to Navi Mumbai airport will also be examined.
56. Madam, in order to address the transport needs in Navi Mumbai
area, I am happy to announce that works will be taken up to facilitate
running of 12-car rakes on Harbour line.   A new double line work of
Belapur-Seawood-Uran is in progress, which will provide direct
passenger connectivity to JNPT.
Elevated Suburban Corridor in Mumbai
57. The financial modelling of an elevated rail corridor from
Churchgate to Virar to be executed through PPP mode in coordination
with the Government of Maharashtra is being firmed up.  The proposed
project will enable introduction of premium AC suburban rail services.
A prefeasibility survey for a similar corridor between CST and Kalyan
(55 km) is also proposed to be taken up in due course.18
58. I wish to highlight that the investment outlined above in capacity
augmentation projects would be grossly inadequate  keeping in view
the large shelf of projects.  Therefore, in order to optimally utilize the
available resources and obtain returns at the earliest, it is proposed to
prioritise funding towards completion of last mile projects and ensure
sustained allocation during the 12th Plan.
59. Railways are playing a significant role in social development of
the country by providing rail connectivity to the remote, backward and
tribal regions on considerations other than financial viability.  I believe
that Indian Railways has a strong case for the government to consider
ploughing its dividend payment  back  into the railway system for
augmenting funding of critical socially desirable  projects.
Recommendations to this effect have been made in Railway Sector
report for the 12th Plan.
Cooperation with State Governments
60. I am pleased to inform the august House that as a new PPP
initiative, Railways in partnership with Government of Chhattisgarh
and user industries in the region will develop three rail corridors in the
northern part of the state for movement of passengers and freight,
with the active participation of all  stakeholders. A Memorandum of
Understanding has recently been signed and the initiative would now
be taken forward in consultation with the State Government.
61. In view of  the declaration of the Kakinada–Vishakhapatnam
Coastal Corridor as the PCPI Region consequent to discovery  of
considerable oil and gas reserves, as also development of a deep
water port and SEZ at Kakinada, rail connectivity is now being
provided from Pithapuram to Kakinada on cost sharing basis with the
Government of Andhra Pradesh.  It will be our endeavour to develop
similar partnership for development of much needed rail infrastructure
with other willing states also.
62. To augment resources for execution of projects, Railway
requested State Governments to come forward for sharing cost of new
line, gauge conversion and doubling projects which are considered
important by them for development of the State but could not be taken
up or progressed at desired pace.  I am happy to announce that
response from state governments has been quite encouraging.  As of
now, 31 projects covering a length of more than 5000 km in 10 states 19
are being executed with contribution from state governments (list is
appended as Annexure  18). Continuing with this policy, I propose to
take up following four   projects on cost sharing basis with state
(a)Rohtak-Hansi via Meham (Haryana Govt)
(b)Akkanapet-Medak (Andhra Pradesh Govt)
(c)Bhadrachalam-Kovvur (Andhra Pradesh Govt)
(d)Rajabhatkhowa-Jainti (West Bengal Govt)
63. State Governments have come forward to share cost of some
more projects in their states.  Those include Governments of
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand
and Maharashtra. These  projects will be given special attention and
processed  on priority  for obtaining requisite clearances. Following
new line projects with cost sharing by state government  have been
sent to Planning Commission for appraisal and ‘in principle’ approval:
(a) Gadag-Haveri
(b) Gadag-Wadi
(c) Kandra-Namkom (Ranchi)
(d) Kondapalli-Kathagudem
(e) Manmad-Indore via Malegaon & Dhule
(f) Manugur-Ramagundam stn.
(g) Pirpainti-Jasidih
(h) Pune-Nasik
(i) Thiyat  Hamira – Sanu
(j) Kadiri – Puttaparthy
(k) Chickballapur – Puttaparthy
(l) Srinivasapura - Madanapalli
Public Private Partnerships
64. Hon’ble Members are aware that the railways have been making
efforts to attract funding in rail projects through PPP initiatives.  In
the light of limitations of funding support from the government and
constraints in regard to internal generation and market borrowing, the
12th Plan projections of Indian Railways seek to rely on PPP route in a
significant manner.  This would be in line with the Approach Paper of
Planning Commission for the 12th Plan.  20
65. However, the results of the PPP efforts of the railways have not
been  encouraging.  I have, therefore, had the  existing  marketing
schemes reviewed thoroughly to give them greater market focus,
provide greater control to the rail-user by making him a stakeholder
and  to  engage him in the planning process for tailoring a total
logistics solution. The existing schemes for Wagons Leasing, Sidings,
Private Freight  Terminals, Container Train Operations, railconnectivity projects (R3-i and R2C-i) are being made more attractive
to PPP partners.
66. In appreciation of the need to facilitate the first and last mile
connectivity proactively, Ministries of Coal, Power, Shipping and Steel
were approached for identification of  appropriate  rail connectivity
projects.  A total of 17 such projects have been sanctioned and
another 28 projects have been identified.  Railways will interact with
concerned utility stakeholders to take the process of provisioning of
first and last mile connectivity forward, largely through the PPP route.
67. Mumbai Suburban Railway System has sound potential for
mobilizing additional resources from commercial utilization of land
and air space, thus providing funds for infrastructure development.  I
have asked MRVC to initiate a pilot project for commercial
Dedicated Freight Corridor
68. Madam Speaker, we have taken up the iconic infrastructure
project of construction of Dedicated Freight Corridors from Ludhiana
to Dankuni and Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, for efficient freight
transportation to and from ports and to facilitate decongestion of the
HDN routes. This is one of the biggest infrastructure projects under
execution spread over 3300 kms, covering eastern, northern and
western part of the country. Funding assistance from World Bank and
JICA has been tied up.  A total of 6500 hectares of land, out of 10700
hectares required, has been acquired so far.  The bidding process for
the civil and  track works has commenced. It is expected that the
contract for civil and track works for about 1000 route kilometers on
Eastern and Western DFCs would be awarded during 2012-13.
Progress of rail based Industries
69. Several initiatives have been taken in the recent past to set up
rail based industries.  Madam, I am glad to inform  the Hon’ble 21
Members  that the Rail Wheel Plant at Chhapra has successfully
produced 78 wheels during 2011-12 and the Plant would be ready for
full commissioning in 2012-13.
70. Similarly, the Rae Bareli Coach Factory is now ready for rolling
out coaches and 10 coaches have already been manufactured. The
phase-II of this factory would be commissioned in 2012-13.
71. Healthy progress has been made in the  Diesel  Component
Factory at Dankuni with the commencement of trial production of
underframes for high horsepower locomotives. The factory will be fully
commissioned in 2012-13.
72. The wagon manufacturing factory at Kulti and fiat bogey frame
unit at Budge Budge are likely to commence production during 2012-
73. As per a budget announcement made earlier by Mamata Ji, a
wagon factory was to be located at a suitable location in Odisha.  In
view of the request received from State Govt of Odisha, wagon factory
is being located at Sitapali (Ganjam District).
74. Keeping in view the increased requirement of passenger
coaches, a rail coach factory at Palakkad with the support of
Government of Kerala  is proposed to be set up.  Similarly,  two
additional new manufacturing units for coaches are also proposed to
be established in the Kutch area in Gujarat and at Kolar in Karnataka,
the latter with the active participation of the state government.
75. Further,  it is proposed to establish a plant for manufacture of
traction alternators for high horse power diesel locomotives at Vidisha
in Madhya Pradesh.
76. I state with pride that a sick unit for wagon manufacture  –
‘Braithwaite’ taken over by railways has been conferred  with ‘Turn
Around Award’ by the Board of Reconstruction of Public Sector
Enterprises. Burn Standard, another unit taken over is also on its way
to recovery.
77. In addition I propose to set up a factory at Shyamnagar in West
Bengal on PPP basis for manufacture of next generation technology 22
Propulsion System for use in high power electric locomotive, which
will enable enhancing of production capacity of CLW.
78. I also propose to utilize and augment the electric loco Ancillaries
Unit of CLW being set up at Dankuni for fabrication of locomotive
shells and assembly of three phase locomotives for manufacturing of
new generation 9000 HP locomotives under transfer of technology
from Japan.   This unit will be a modern facility with capacity to
assemble 100 electric locomotives per year.
Connectivity to Neighbouring Countries
79. In our effort to have cordial and improved relations with
neighbouring countries,  Indian Railways is taking up projects to
provide rail connectivity to such countries. In 2011-12, we had taken
up two projects namely, Jogbani-Biratnagar new line and JaynagarBijalpura-Bardibas to  provide connectivity to Nepal.  Continuing with
the approach, I propose to take up a project to connect Agartala with
Akhaura in Bangladesh. This rail link will not only improve bilateral
ties but will  also  help in  establishing  connectivity with  inaccessible
areas in northeast as journey from Kolkata to Tripura via Bangladesh
will result in significant savings in time and distance travelled.
Passenger Amenities
80. Madam, I have already mentioned about formation of an Indian
Railway Station Development Corporation to redevelop 100 stations in
the next five years. Indian Railways however have more than 8000
stations and it is necessary that efforts towards improved availability
of amenities like waiting halls, benches, adequate lighting, drinking
waters, toilets, proper platform services etc. are made in a concerted
manner. With this concern, I propose to raise the allocation under
passenger amenities from `762 crore in 2011-12 to  `1,102 crore in
81. Some of the passenger  and other user  friendly measures
introduced or being proposed during 2012-13 are:
i. To facilitate easy movement of passengers, installation of
321 escalators at important stations of which 50 will be
commissioned during 2012-13;
ii. 12 State of Art mechanized laundries already set up and 6
more to become functional during 2012-13;23
iii. SMS on passenger mobile phone in case of e-ticket  along
with an ID proof to be  accepted as proof of valid
iv. Introduction of regional cuisine at affordable rates through
catering service to cater to local palate;
v. To meet the needs of changing times and customer
demand, launching of “Book-a–meal” scheme to provide
multiple choice of meals, like low cost meal, diabetic meal
etc. through SMS or email;
vi. To set up AC Executive lounges at important stations to
provide value added services at a charge, offering facilties
such as wifi internet, buffet services, wash and change,
concierge services for pre-departure and post-arrival
assistance to passengers;
vii. Setting up of new Rail Neer Plants at Palur in Tamilnadu
and Ambernath in Maharashtra to facilitate smooth supply
of water at stations;
viii. Expansion of housekeeping schemes for trains such as
Clean Train Station, On Board Housekeeping Services for
cleaning en route and mechanized cleaning at
originating/terminating stations;
ix. Introduction of ‘Rail Bandhu’ on-board magazine on
Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Duronto Trains;
x. Introduction of  coin/currency operated ticket vending
machines as a pilot project;
xi. Introduction of Alternate Train Accommodation System
(ATAS) as  a pilot project to accommodate  waitlisted
passenger on alternate trains;
xii. Introduction of first model rake with world class interiors;
xiii. Upgradation of  929 stations as Adarsh Stations including
84 stations proposed in 2012-13 (Annexure  19). 490
stations have been completed so far;
xiv. Construction of Multi-functional Complexes at 24 locations
xv. Sale of PRS tickets through 151 post offices;
xvi. Implementation of electronic transmission of Railway
Receipts for freight traffic direct to the customers.
82. Madam, I am also happy to inform the august House that
Railways have recently introduced satellite based Real Time Train
Information System (RTIS), also called SIMRAN, to provide accurate 24
train running information to passengers through SMS, internet etc.
The system has already been activated  on 36 trains covering
Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durontos and it will be introduced in all
mail/express trains in the next 18 months.  On-board passenger
displays with indication of next halt station and expected arrival time
to passengers in running trains through inputs from RTIS will also be
introduced in all mail/express trains progressively.
Security of Passengers
83. Madam Speaker, security of our passengers has been of prime
concern to us.  I am pleased to inform that I intend to complete the
unfinished task of installation of Integrated Security System at all 202
identified stations during 2012-13.  Additionally, escorting of trains by
RPF/GRP has been extended to almost 3500 trains.  It is also now
proposed to integrate the RPF Helpline with the All India Passenger
Helpline to facilitate much faster response to the security needs of
Disaster Management
84. Madam, Railways must possess modern, well-trained and
equipped disaster management machinery. The rescue and relief
teams for the accident sites need specialized training where they can
be engaged in hands on drills. I plan to set up three training centres
named as “safety villages” at Bengaluru, Kharagpur and Lucknow.
Cooperation with NID
85. The National Institute of Design  (NID) at Ahmedabad is
internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost multi-disciplinary
institutions in the field of design, education and research. I had
occasion to visit this Institute with a view to harnessing their
expertise in design so as to leverage it for bringing out design related
improvisations in the facilities available to passengers and other railusers. A dedicated Railway Design Centre is proposed to be set up in
the NID campus with an endowment fund of `10 crore to be utilised for
developing concepts in various areas  such as station architecture,
coach layouts, luggage storage in coaches, toilets, ticketing kiosks
and online services, freight service systems etc.
Specialised House-keeping Body
86. I am concerned and I am sure that so is the country that the
standards of hygiene and cleanliness need to be improved 25
substantially. I am not prepared to accept the situation as it is now
and all out efforts would be made to improve the standards of
cleanliness and hygiene on trains and at the stations within the next
six months. This is a very specialised activity which comes under the
core area of House-keeping. Indian Railways is duty bound to provide
high standards in both, as this is giving a bad name to the otherwise
efficient rail system. I propose to set up a specialised House-keeping
body to take care of both, i.e. stations and the trains.
Initiatives for differently-abled persons
87. Indian Railways has always been alive to its social responsibility
towards ensuring  comfortable train journey for differently-abled
persons. Besides providing several travel concessions to such
persons,  Indian Railways has  taken initiative to start manufacturing
especially designed coaches having earmarked compartments and
toilets adapted to the needs of wheel chair borne/differently-abled
person.  Each  differently-abled  friendly compartment provided in
specified coaches has a berthing capacity for 4 passengers including
two attendants along with toilet and other amenities.  Indian Railways
has so far manufactured about 2,100 specially designed coaches. It
will be our  endeavour to have  one such coach in each mail/express
train. Besides, all Garib Rath rakes are provided with AC
compartments for differently-abled persons in the power cars. Efforts
are being made to ensure ease of access to platforms and other areas
at stations for differently-abled persons.
Catering Policy
88. Given the fact that catering is a passenger service, there is an
urgent need to redefine railways’ approach towards catering and  to
address demands of the entire spectrum of passengers. The need for
visible improvements in the service through pantry cars and base
kitchens is a priority since expectations of young India are high and
they expect services especially on premium trains, to be of
international standards.
89. I therefore propose that reputed professional agencies which are
providing such services internationally be engaged through global
tenders for pantry cars and base kitchens under departmental
supervision and management.   By engaging such specialised
international professionals, a benchmark shall be set for
modernisation and upgradation. A pilot project will be launched on a 26
few premium trains to introduce international expertise on  Indian
Railways for catering services.
High Speed Initiatives
90. Madam, we had decided to construct High Speed Passenger Rail
corridors in the country for running trains at speed of 250-350 kmph.
As decided earlier, pre-feasibility studies on six corridors have already
been taken up.  One more corridor to be studied this year is DelhiJaipur-Ajmer-Jodhpur.  Study of Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor has
been completed and we are working on finalisation of financing of this
project.  Government of Kerala is also pursuing a high speed corridor
between Thiruvananthapuram to Kasargod.  National High Speed Rail
Authority is under formation. However, the high speed corridors are
highly capital intensive and resource issues need to be addressed
with innovative funding mechanism and significant government
support to make them a reality.  The cooperation of state
governments is a precondition to the success of high speed rail
Green Initiatives
91. Madam, it is well known that railways are extremely
environment friendly and we are committed to protect our
environment. The year 2011-12 was  declared as the “Year of Green
Energy” by Railways. Several measures  initiated/proposed to be
initiated to promote clean environment are:-
i. Setting up of 72 MW capacity windmill plants in the wind rich
areas of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and
West Bengal;
ii. Setting up of 200 remote railway stations as “Green Energy
Stations” powered entirely by solar energy;
iii. Providing solar lighting system at 1000 manned level crossing
gates in non-electrified territory to improve illumination and
enhance safety of road users.
iv. Introduction of mobile emission test car to measure pollution
level of diesel locomotives;
v. Commissioning  of  two bio-diesel plants in 2012-13 at Raipur
and Tondiarpet;
vi. Acceptance of SMS on mobile phones as proof of valid
reservation, thus saving paper; and27
vii. Introduction of a ‘Green Train’ (with low emissions diesel
locomotive and coaching stock with bio-toilets) to run through
the pristine forests of north Bengal.
Green Toilets
92. Madam, the problem of environmental degradation and corrosion
of tracks due to night soil has been engaging the attention of the
railways for a long time.  The rail corrosion costs railways more than
`350 crore every year.   As also pointed out by  both  Kakodkar  and
Pitroda  Committees, there is an urgent need to replace the
conventional open-discharge toilets with ‘Green Toilets’ with a view to
having cleaner, hygienic  and safer railway ecosystem.  The DRDO
developed bio-toilets are currently under extended trial to test their
efficacy and suitability. In the next year, 2,500 coaches will be
equipped with these bio-toilets.  Trials with retention-evacuation type
toilets such as vacuum toilets are also planned on a few premium
trains.   Based on experience,  more number of coaches would be
equipped with such green toilets.
93. Madam, Indian Railways has been a leading patron of sports in
the country.  It provides employment to more than a thousand eminent
sports-persons every year; participates in 55 national championships
and is presently the holder of 29 national titles. Seven of our
sportspersons have been honoured with Arjuna Award and Major
Dhyan Chand Award in 2011. I am proud to inform the Hon’ble
Members that five railway sport-persons have also qualified for
Olympics 2012. Sports has now come to acquire the status of a
mainstream activity, its soft power being recognised universally
considering that it impacts national mood, affects wellness and
contributes to the prestige and honour of the nation. I propose to
develop a road map for Railway Sports that facilitates creation of an
atmosphere that nurtures excellence, provides the sports-persons the
right leverage to excel and equips them with the necessary tools to
achieve success. The Railway Sports  Promotion Board would be
provided the necessary wherewithal to administer promotion of sports
in a highly professional manner for ensuring even better performance
by railway sports-persons. I also intend to review the entire systems,
governance structures and policies relating to sports so that the
dominant leadership  position of Railways is  further  enhanced. To
begin with, I intend to institute a Rail Khel Ratna Award that would be 28
given  to 10 sports-persons every year, based on their current
performance. The awardees would be provided world class training to
hone their skills further.
Staff Amenities
94. I have already informed the House about quantum jump in the
allocation for activities related to staff welfare.  Railway is a 24x7
service  available to the rail-users. To run services at this scale, the
employees have to put in long hours of duty without any respite round
the year  and the compulsion of job creates high stress levels. I
therefore intend to introduce a wellness programme for them at their
work places for early detection of risk factors, prevention and early
treatment of diseases caused due to high blood pressure and sugar
levels, obesity and other lifestyle related ailments.
95. We need to recognise the dedication, hard work and sacrifice of
the staff at all levels.   To minimise incidence of human error
especially  amongst  the skilled and technical staff including  loco
pilots, cabin men and gangmen, it is important to ensure proper rest
period for them.  I am also conscious of the importance of periodic
training and  creation of a general environment to provide  them
enhanced  dignity.  I have also requested NID to design appropriate
outfits for various categories of workforce.
Industrial Relations
96. Madam, I have a firm belief in democratic process of decision
making and have had regular consultations with the staff federations
on several organisational issues.  The railway federations are
extremely responsible and work in the best interests of the railways. I
assign highest importance to continuance of healthy and harmonious
tradition of industrial relations across length and breadth of  Indian
Railways.  In recognition of the commitment of the employees to the
organisation and their contribution to increasing the productivity,
Indian Railways paid the Productivity Linked Bonus equivalent to
wages of 78 days for 2010-11.
97. Madam Speaker, over the years, Railways had come to have
large number of vacancies in various categories of staff, including in
technical and safety related areas. These have an adverse impact on
operational and safety performance of the organisation. I am happy to 29
inform that during the year 2011-12 we have recruited over 80,000
persons to fill up some of such vacancies.  During 2012-13, more than
one lakh persons are proposed to be recruited. With these
recruitments,  Indian Railways will also be wiping out the backlog
vacancies of SC/ST/OBC and physically  challenged  persons and
complying with the instructions of DOP&T.
Railway PSUs
98. Madam, I feel extremely happy to inform the House that all the
11 Public Sector Undertakings of the Railways performed extremely
well with a healthy growth in total dividend paid by them. Various
important contracts have been bagged by the Railways PSUs in the
neighbouring countries for constructions/rehabilitation of railway lines
and for supply of rolling stock. The dividend paid in 2010-11 amounted
to `429 crore which was more by 31% than the previous fiscal.
Production Units
99. Madam, Railways’ Production Units provide this organisation a
sustained supply of rolling stock. I propose to modernise production
units with state-of-art technology. Through continued innovations and
improvisations, it has been possible to induct latest technologies like
IGBT based 3-phase engines for locomotives, Stainless Steel Coaches,
air conditioned Metro Cars etc. DLW has been able to manufacturer
the prototype of the next generation WDG-5 locomotives with a 5500
High Horsepower Power pack with indigenous design efforts.
100. Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, through its efforts has been able
to develop non-AC version of such coaches  to benefit the common
man by providing him better interiors, improved riding comfort and
significantly enhanced safety features.  It is further proposed to
manufacture two AC Double Decker rakes comprising LHB coaches. I
intend to streamline the production  process further through a long
term production plan that would lead to better inventory management
and facilitate induction of more energy efficient and cutting edge
technology in a planned manner.
E-procurement and e-auction
101. Indian Railways have a highly professional procurement protocol
and a codified and transparent system of decision making to procure
the required products at reasonable prices. Yet there is scope for
further improvement. To provide further transparency and efficiency to 30
the procurement process, the system of e-procurement has been
implemented for purchase of stores in the Zonal Railways
Headquarters and production units. These initiatives are being
expanded further for including the field units within the ambit of this
process. Feasibility of including works tenders also within the ambit
of e-procurement is being explored.  In addition to this, a pilot project
for e-auction of sale of scrap has been successfully conducted on
Northern Railway and this would be expanded and rolled out on other
units during 2012-13, thereby considerably improving transparency,
efficiency and wider reach for this important activity.
Restructuring of Railway Board
102. Madam, I take immense pride in informing the august House that
my railway family is extremely committed, professional and fully
capable of delivering the desired results. It is a dream organisation to
work for the young generation and provides excellent job satisfaction.
This talent-rich organisation of almost 14 lakh employees includes the
best brains from IITs, IIMs, Medical Colleges and other professional
institutes. While it has made outstanding contribution in nation
building, I feel the current structure needs to be altered to meet the
challenges of changing times. This vast organisation has pockets of
both excellence and anachronism. The Board should be structured
along business lines rather than on functional lines in sync with
corporate objectives.
103. I have to fortify the Indian Railways to make it responsive to the
changing economic scenario and equip it to leverage upon the new
opportunities.  There is also a need to infuse larger accountability and
its structure must be aligned with organisational objectives.  We need
a system that delivers. The issue needs to be debated and discussed
with Board and Rail Parivar.
104. My challenge is to make a Railway system which is Safe, Modern
and Efficient. Madam, the requirement of resources for rail
infrastructure is extremely high and in order to provide a thrust to
Railways efforts at mobilising additional revenues, I have decided to
induct 2 new Board Members viz. PPP/Marketing and Safety/Research.
The new Members will be charged with the responsibility of finding
ways and means of augmenting resources and providing further focus
on safety.31
New Passenger Services
105. With augmentation of infrastructure in the form of completion of
more new lines, doubling, gauge conversion projects, and induction of
higher number of locomotives and coaches, I am happy to announce a
number of new passenger services keeping in view the needs and
aspirations of the people.   I propose to introduce  75 new Express
trains,  21 Passenger trains,  8 new MEMU services and  9 DEMU
services. Besides I also propose to extend the run of  40 trains and
increase the frequency of  23 trains. These have been listed at
Annexure 20.
106. Additionally, as an endeavour to facilitate rail travel to important
places of Sikh pilgrimage, “Guru Parikrama” special trains are
proposed to be run on Amritsar-Patna-Nanded routes, where also a
large number of people from all sects visit.
107. With a view to further enhancing the carrying capacity of
suburban services in Mumbai area, 75 new services in the ChurchgateVirar, Virar-Dahanu Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Kalyan-Kasara
and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Kalyan-Karjat sections, Harbour and
Trans-Harbour line will be run.
108. In Chennai area, it is proposed to run 18 additional services on
Chennai Beach-Tambaram, Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu, Chennai
Beach-Avadi, Chennai Beach–Tiruttani, Chennai Beach–
Gummidipundi/Sullurupetta and Chennai Beach–Velachery sections.
109. To  strengthen the suburban services in Kolkata area,  44 new
services will be introduced including from Sealdah-Ranaghat,
Ranaghat-Naihati, Ranaghat–Shantipur, Ranaghat-Krishnanagar,
Ranaghat-Gede,  Ranaghat–Bangaon, Bangaon-Barasat, BarasatHasnabad, Bandel-Barddhaman, Bandel-Howrah, Bandel-Naihati,
Seoraphuli-Tarkeswar, Santragachi-Bagnan, Santragachi-Amta,
Santragachi-Mecheda, Santragachi-Panskura, Howrah–Haldia, Howrah
– Kharagpur  and Mecheda-Digha.
110. It is also proposed to introduce 50 new services in Kolkata Metro
in the coming year. 32
Stoppages of trains
111. There are innumerable requests from Hon’ble Members for
providing stoppages of trains.  While I appreciate the concerns of the
Members for convenience of the people, I should inform the House
that providing additional stoppages to trains reduces speed and slows
down trains, causing congestion in the route. In some cases,
operational constraints do not permit any stoppage at the requested
stations. I am sure the Hon’ble Members will reconsider their
requests. Otherwise the very character of trains like
Shatabdis/Rajdhanis will be lost.
Financial Performance
112. Madam, I now come to the financial position of the Railways and
have no hesitation in informing this august House that Indian Railways
are passing through a difficult phase.  In the  current year, although
there were no arrears of Pay Commission to be paid, the impact of
allowances and several post-budgetary factors has been very stressful
for the finances of the Railways.
113. On the loading side, the continued ban on export of iron ore by
Karnataka and Odisha state governments led to scaling down of
loading target from 993 MT to 970 MT in the revised estimates.
However, the earnings target for goods has been retained in view of
freight rationalization implemented from 6th March, 2012.   The
rationalization seeks to better align the freight tariff with cost of
rendering service and ease the pressure on railway finances.
114. In view of the lower growth in number of passengers i.e. 5.1% to
end of January 2012, as against the budgeted target of 5.9%, the
earnings target has been scaled down by `1,656 crore to `28,800 crore
in the revised estimates.  Taking into account the lower growth in
Other Coaching and Sundry earnings, the Gross Traffic Receipts have
been kept at `1,03,917 crore in the RE, short of the budget target by
`2,322 crore.  On the other hand, higher provision of  `3,000 crore  is
required for Ordinary Working Expenses and Pensions to meet postbudgetary requirements.  Thus, provision has been enhanced to
`75,650 crore for Ordinary Working Expenses and to `16,800 crore for
appropriation to the Pension Fund in the revised estimates.
115. I am extremely grateful to the Railway Convention Committee for
reducing the rate of dividend from 6% to 5% for 2011-12, thereby33
providing a relief of about `650 crore.  However, I would like to state
with pride that Railways have not defaulted on the payment of
dividend despite the financial crunch in the last two years.
116. After meeting the full dividend liability of  `5,652 crore, the
‘Excess’ remaining is only  `1,492 crore as against the budgeted
amount of  `5,258 crore.  The ‘Excess’ being inadequate to meet
requirements of safety related works financed through Development
Fund, a loan of `3,000 crore has been extended by Ministry of Finance.
The Operating Ratio of the railways is also estimated now to be 95.0%
as against the budgeted target of 91.1%.
Revamping the Accounting System
117. Railways have initiated an accounting reforms project that
would enable it to move over gradually to an accrual based
accounting  system as also envisaged in the Vision 2020.  An action
plan has been drawn to complete the work within the broad
framework as envisaged by GASAB (Government Accounting
Standards Advisory Board).
Budget Estimates 2012-13
118. Madam, I shall now deal with the Budget Estimates for 2012-13.
119. The railways is targeting to carry 1025 million tonne of revenue
earning originating traffic during 2012-13, which is 55  million tonne
more than the revised estimate target of 970 million tonne. The freight
earnings target has been kept at `89,339 crore, indicating a growth of
30.2% over the current year revised target. The number of passengers
is expected to increase by 5.4% in the year 2012-13 with the increase
in number of trains and higher occupancy. The passenger earnings
have been kept at `36,073 crore, an increase of `7,273 crore over the
revised estimates of the current year. The Other Coaching and Sundry
earnings are expected to grow by 8.9% and 10.7% in 2012-13 to `2,994 34
crore and  `4,096 crore respectively and  Gross Traffic Receipts are
expected to be `1,32,552 crore, i.e. an increase of `28,635 crore over
the Revised Estimates of 2011-12.
120. Ordinary Working Expenses are estimated at  `84,400 crore i.e.
11.6% higher than the current year to meet additional liabilities along
with an appropriation  of  `18,500 crore  to Pension  Fund. In order to
step up investments in safety,  the Appropriation to Depreciation
Reserve Fund has been enhanced to  `9,500 crore, signifying  an
increase of about 54% over the RE of the current year.
121. The railways have budgeted to discharge full dividend liability of
`6,676 crore to the general exchequer for the year 2012-13 calculated
on the basis of applicable rate for the current year.
122. Madam, all organizations face highs and lows during their life
and  Indian Railways has also witnessed  periods of affluence and
shortfalls.  I am grateful to the Hon’ble Finance Minister for extending
a loan of  `3,000 crore to meet the urgent needs of safety related
investment in 2011-12.  The loan is repayable in two equal instalments
and carries an interest of 8.55%.  I am delighted to inform the august
House that  I propose to  return the full loan amount of  `3,000 crore
along with interest in the year 2012-13 itself.
123. The best ever Operating Ratio of Indian Railways was 74.7% in
the year 1963-64.  In consultation with the Railway Board, I am
targeting to improve the Operating Ratio from 95% to less than 80% by
the end of 12th Plan. This landmark improvement in railway finances
would enable building up of a strong base to meet the challenges
ahead and bring back the confidence of people in Railways, thereby
dispelling all apprehensions that Indian Railways is going downhill.  I
expect to achieve an  Operating  Ratio of 84.9% in 2012-13 as
compared to 95% in the current year.  If this trend continues, I have
no doubt that my Operating Ratio will improve upon even the best ever
of 74.7% within the 12th Plan.
124. Madam, all the Hon’ble Members are fully aware of the financial
difficulties which  Indian Railways is passing through.  The factors
contributing to such situations are also quite well known.  The
Railways have been facing considerable criticism, much of it
unwarranted, for its present financial situation.   The budgetary 35
support from the government has not been at the levels required by
the railways.   Yet it is my duty to  address the issues before us and
take this great organization forward.  While balancing my budget this
year and formulating the Rail Budget for the next fiscal, I have had a
hard look at the revenue model available to us and have realized the
true import of the dictum - “one who does not help himself is helped by
125. I have been under tremendous pressure for the last few months
from all quarters of society, be it  staff  federations, various
parliamentary committees including the Public Accounts, Consultative
and Standing Committees, C&AG, Members of Parliament  cutting
across party lines, media and even  rail users to address the issue of
inadequate resource generation by the Railways.  Collectively and
individually, they  have time and again  questioned  as to what is
restraining the  Indian Railways from  raising financial  resources
internally which  are  much needed not only for  improving  passenger
amenities but also for safety and development.
126. As a measure of social welfare, Indian Railways extends travel
concessions to more than 50 categories of travellers which include
students, sportspersons, scouts & guides, farmers, senior citizens,
teachers, girls, youth, patients etc. The value of concessions granted
to travellers is more than  `800 crore per year. Continuing this
contribution of  Indian Railways to the society, I propose to extend
50% concession in fare in AC 2, AC 3, Chair Car and Sleeper Classes
to patients suffering from ‘Aplastic Anaemia’ and ‘Sickle  Cell
127. In recognition of the laurels which the winners of Arjuna Awards
have brought to the country through their outstanding performance in
their respective sports,  I propose to extend the facility of travel by
Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains to them.
128. Madam,  I have had wide consultations with various
stakeholders.  The input costs of railways have been going up.  The
impact of the 6th Pay Commission on the staff costs is well known to
the Hon’ble Members.  Fuel prices have increased by more than 50%
during the last decade.  The movement of Wholesale Price Index and
Consumer Price Index has followed similar pattern. During this period,
the cost of passenger transportation by road has increased manifold. 36
Consequently, a large chunk of short distance  passenger traffic has
got diverted from road to rail, creating additional pressure on rail
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129. Therefore, I have been counselled to go for a steep increase in
passenger fare as there has been no increase for last almost 8 years.
However, guided by an overriding concern for the aam admi,
. I have desisted from any steep increase.
130. The Izzat Scheme was introduced by Mamata Banerjee to enable
the underprivileged citizens to travel with pride.  Any person with less
than  `1,500 monthly income can avail benefit of this scheme with a
monthly pass for `25 only. To give relief to the poorest sections of the
society, I propose to extend the travel distance from 100 km to 150
kms  under Izzat Scheme, thus covering  all  designated suburban
sections keeping the rate of `25 unchanged.
131. As Hon’ble Members are aware, so far the earnings from the
freight traffic have been subsiding the passenger traffic.  This model
of heavy cross subsidy is not sustainable over a long period.  If this
continues, then I am afraid railways may lose freight traffic to road.
132. Madam, there has been a demand from several quarters for
setting up of an independent Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority that
will suggest the level of tariffs both for freight and fares.  However, I
feel this is an important area and needs a serious debate.   The pros
and cons of the decision are required to be considered carefully.
There is no exclusive body to advise whether an independent
regulatory body is desirable. I am therefore, appointing a body of
Experts with representatives of customers, passengers,
trade/industry, and public representatives  etc. to examine this 37
important issue.   On receipt of the report and after debating in
Parliament a suitable decision will be taken.
133. I propose to rationalise the fares to cause minimal impact on the
common man and to keep  the burden within tolerance limits in
general. I am asking for an extra only 2 paise per km for suburban and
ordinary second class.  Similarly, increase  for mail express second
class will be by only 3 paise per km; for sleeper class by only 5 paise
per km; for AC Chair Car, AC 3 tier & First Class by only 10 paise per
km; AC 2 Tier by only 15 paise per km; and AC I by only 30 paise per
km.  Corresponding rationalisation in minimum distance and fare
chargeable in various classes has also been proposed.
134. I am aware that a large number of passengers face problems at
ticket windows because of non-availability of  loose  change.  This
causes a lot of hardship and delays the ticket dispensing  process
leading to longer queues.  Incidences of passengers having to forego
the change due towards them are  also not uncommon.   In order to
address this problem, I have decided to  incorporate a rounding off
mechanism in  the fare  structure.  For all ordinary and mail/express
trains, rounding off will be to the next nearest five rupees.  However,
for the suburban passengers, I propose to permit a limited exception
in the form of downward rounding off also in a few cases.  By way of
example, a fare of  `11 will become  `10 and  `6 will become  `5. The
minimum fare chargeable and the platform ticket will now be `5.
135. The proposed revisions will have marginal impact on the fares.
The increase in fares for suburban second class passengers travelling
35 km will be only  `2.   For non-suburban second class ordinary
passenger travelling a distance of 135 km, increase will be  `4  only.
For second class mail/express passenger travelling a distance of 375
km, the addition to the fare will be only  `12 and that for a 750 km
journey by sleeper class on mail/express train will be only `40.  An AC
3 tier passenger travelling a distance of 530 km will be required to pay
an additional  `57.  The increase for AC 2 tier and AC I passenger
travelling over same distance will be `84 and `163 respectively.
136. The proposed adjustments do not even cover fully the impact of
increase in fuel prices during the last eight years.  I am keeping the
valuable passengers of Indian Railways insulated from the burden of
increase in staff costs. 38
137. I wish to share with the august House that I am contemplating a
system of segregating fuel component in the cost associated with
passenger services and call it FAC (fuel adjustment component).  The
FAC will be dynamic in nature and will change in either direction with
the change of fuel cost.  I must also be forthright and take the House
into confidence in mentioning that in the event of any further increase
in input costs of railways, it will not be possible for us to keep the
passengers cushioned from the impact of such increases.
138. Through the above proposals, I seek to create a partnership with
my passengers and I assure the august House that the additional
revenue will be help the railways provide better, cleaner and safer
services to them.  I am sure that the people at large would welcome
139. Madam, before I end my speech, I would just wish to say:
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140. With these words Madam, I commend the Railway Budget for
2012-13 to the august House.
Annexure 1 (Para no. 44)
List of 41 new lines proposed to be completed in 2011-12:-
1. Chandurbazar-Narkhed (Part)
2. Gokulnagar-Mayonapur
3. Kumaradol-Hansdiha
4. Talpur-Arambagh
5. Banka-Kakwara
6. Dumka-Shikaripara
7. Danapur-Patliputra (Part)
8. Daniawan-Chandi
9. Koderma-Urwan
10. Dhanawar-Jamua
11. Runisaidpur-Jubbasani
12. Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh (Part)
13. Khurda Road - Begunia (Part)
14. Pandu Pindara-Bhambewa
15. Lalitpur-Udaipura
16. Udaipura-Mawai (Part)
17. Fatehabad-Etawah (Part)
18. Bhind-Etawah (Part)
19. Etawah-Mainpuri (Part)
20. Bishnupur-Sagar Sultanpur (Part)
21. Paniyahwa-Chhitauni
22. Mahrajganj - Bishunpur Mahuari
23. New Coochbehar-Golakganj (part)
24. New Changrabandha-New Coochbehar (Part)
25. Harmuti-Naharlagun
26. Agartala-Udaipur (Part)
27. Jiribam-Dholakhal
28. Dausa-Deedwana (Part)
29. Namakhal-Mohanur
30. Needamangalam-Manargudi
31. Mohanur-Karur
32. Walajah Road-Ranipet
33. Jagayapet- Melacheruvu
34. Metpally-Mortad
35. Raichur-Pandurangaswamy (Part)
36. Homnabad-Hallikhed
37. Nossam-Banaganapalle
38. Devarakadra-Krishna (Part)
39. Sakrayapanta-Kanivehalli
40. Kanivehalli-Chikmagalur (Part)
41. Mawai-Khargapur
Annexure 2 (Para no. 44)
List of new line projects targeted for completion in 2012-13
1. Ahmednagar-Narayandoh
2. Barmasia-Shikaripara
3. Bara Pallasy-Bhaturia
4. Pinargaria-Harsingha
5. Chandan-Katuria
6. Kakwara-Kajhausa
7. Arambagh-Goghat
8. Azimganj-Jiaganj
9. Jamua-Kawar
10. Urwan-Kuju
11. Barkakana-Sidhwar
12. Khagaria-Alauli
13. Harnagar-Kushweshwarstan
14. Chandi-Biharsharif
15. Kosi Bridge
16. Begunia-Nayagarh
17. Talcher-Sunakhani
18. Udhampur-Katra
19. Qazigund-Banihal
20. Bhambewa-Gohana
21. Khamano-Sahnewal
22. Bhind-Etawah (Part)
23. Etawah-Mainpuri(Part )
24. Bhatni-Chauria
25. Bathua Bazar-Panchdewri
26. Sagarsultanpur-Mashrakh
27. Gauripur-Bilasipara
28. Y-link between Mainaguri Raod, New Mainaguri and New Domohini
29. North bank Rail Link & South Link up to Bogibeel Bridge
30. Dudhnoi-Mendipathar
31. Dausa-Deedwana
32. Angamali-Kaladi
33. Banaganapalli-Nandyal
34. Gulbarga-Sultanpur
35. Marikel-Makhtal
36. Raichur-Gadwal
37. Morthad-Armoor
38. Cuddapah-Ganganapalli
39. Deshpran- Nandigram
40. Matnasibpur-Masagram
41. Kanivehalli-Chikmagalur
42. Hirisave-Shravanabelagola
43. Rayadurga-Avuladatta
44. Chhota Udepur-Alirajpur
45. Khargapur-Chhatarpur
Annexure 3 (Para no. 45)
List of 84 New Line Projects sent to Planning Commission for appraisal:
1. Ajmer-Kota (Nasirabad-Jalindri)
2. Ajmer-Sawaimadhopur via Tonk
3. Amarpura(Jorasi) to Chirawa via Tathwari and Singhana
4. Anandnagar - Ghugli via Maharajganj
5. Anandpur Sahib-Garh Shankar
6. Armoor-Adilabad via Nirmal
7. Baddi-Kalka
8. Badi  Sadri-Nimach
9. Ballarsha to Surjagad(Etapalli)
10. Barajamda-Tatiba
11. Barpeta Rd - Tihu.
12. Barwadih-Chirmiri
13. Bhavnagar-Tarapur
14. Bilara-Bar
15. Bilaspur to Leh (via Kullu & Manali)
16. Burhwal- Bahraich
17. Chaparmukh-Dibrugarh
18. Churu-Nohar via Taranagar
19. Dangri-Dhola
20. Dharwad-Belgaum
21. Dhule-Amalner
22. Dimapur-Tizit
23. Donakonda-Bitragunta
24. Dullabchhera-Cheragi and Baraigram-Dullabcherra
25. Etah-Kasganj
26. Faizabad-Lalganj via Akbarganj, Maharajganj and Raibarely
27. Ferozepur-Patti
28. Gadag-Haveri
29. Gadag-Wadi
30. Gajraula-Mainpuri via Sambhal, Rajghat, Badaun, Etah
31. Ghanauli-Baddi
32. Ghanoli-Dehradun via Baddi, Nalagarh, Jagadhari, Surajpur, Kala Amb,
Paonta Sahib.
33. Govardhan-Kosikalan via Barsana & Nandgoan
34. Hasnabad-Machalandapur
35. Hastinapur-Meerut
36. Hissar to Sirsa via Agroha & Fatehabad
37. Jaisalmer to Sanu via Hamira
38. Jolarpettai-Hossur via Krishnagiri
39. Kandra-Namkom(Ranchi)
40. Kanhangad-Panathur
41. Kapilvastu-Basti via Bansi
42. Karaikal-Peralam
43. Kasganj-Khurja via Atrauli
44. Khandwa-Dhar via Khargone,Badwani
45. Kinwat-Mahur
46. Kondapalli-Kothagudem42
47. Krshnaraja Nagar-Kushal Nagar
48. Lalabazar-Vairengte
49. Lohardaga – Korba
50. Manmad -Indore via Malegaon & Dhule
51. Manuguru-Ramagundam stn.
52. Markapur-Shrisailem
53. Orai-Jalaun-Konch
54. Pandurangpuram-Bhadrachalam
55. Parasnath-Madhuban
56. Patiala - Jakhal/Narwana via Samana
57. Patiala – Kurukshetra
58. Pendra Rd-Korba/Gevra Rd
59. Piduguralla to Nairusaraopet
60. Pipraigaon and Lalitpur via Chanderi
61. Pirpainti-Jasidih
62. Pune-Nasik
63. Pushkar-Merta
64. Raigarh-Mand Colliery to Bhupdeopur
65. Raipur-Jharsuguda
66. Rayagada-Gopalpur
67. Rishikesh-Doiwala
68. Rotegoan-Puntamba
69. Rupai-Parashuramkund via Mahadevpur, Namsai, Chingkham
70. Sabrimala-Chengannur
71. Siliguri-Sukna
72. Tanakpur-Bageshwar
73. Tanda-Hoshiarpur
74. Tuli line to Tuli  Town (Tuli-Tuli Road)
75. Una - Hoshiarpur
76. Veer-Harihareshwar
77. Thiyat Hamira - Sanu
78. Kadiri- Puttaparthy
79. Chickballapur - Puttaparthy
80. Srinivasapura - Madanapalli
81. Udhampur/ Katra – Doda – Bhadarwah and Doda - Kishtwar
82. Yamuna Nagar-Chandigarh via Sadhaura, Narayangarh
83. Zaheerabad-Secunderabad
84. Bacharawan – Lalganj
85. Avadi-Gaduvancheri via Sriperumbudur & Oragadam
Annexure 4 (Para no. 45)
List of 111 New Line Surveys to be taken up during 2012-13:
1. Nanded-Latur Road
2. Railway link between proposed Airport at New Mumbai and Thane
3. Nasik - Sinner.
4. Malegaon-Satana-Saki-Chinchpara
5. Gunupur -Narsipattanam Road  via Kurupam, Parvatipuram, Makkava, Salur,
6. Jajpur Keonjhar Road- Dhamara Port via Jaipur , Aradi.
7. Pilda-Palavi-Balauda Bazar-Kasdol-Sarsiwan-Orissa
8. Talcher - Anugul
9. Extension of Rupsa-Burhamara line up to Chakulia
10. Kendujhar Road-Jajpur
11. Barauni-Hasanpur via. Bhagvanpur and Cheria Bariarpur.
12. Jehanabad-Arwal via Kinjar.
13. Connecting Giridih railway station with Parasnath Madhuban rail line.
14. Bhind and Konch via Lahar
15. Eta Jn-Bharthana-Khihora--Auraiya-Jalaun.
16. Pilkhani-Kalsi
17. Panki-Mandhana
18. Doharighat-Barhalganj-Basgaon-Sahajanwa.
19. Sahajanwa-Bakhira-Bansi.
20. Haldwani-Chorgaliya
21. Haldwani-Ritha Sahib
22. Unnao-Purwa-Maurawan-Lucknow
23. Furketing to Baghty Valley
24. Changsari-Tezpur via Sipajhar, Mangaldoi,Kharupetia, Dalgaon Sialmari, Basimari,
Routa & Orang
25. Ambedkar Nagar-Baskhari-Jahagirpuri-Azamgarh
26. Pratapgarh-Mandsaur
27. Safipur(on Unnao- Pilibhit section)- Bithoor Station
28. Pehowa to Ponta Sahib via Jagadhri-Yamuna Nagar.
29. Rail link for supply of coal for Rajpur Thermal plant extended up to Chandigarh with
additional chord line between Shambhu-Lalru.
30. Dehradun and Purola alongwith banks of River Yamuna.
31. Sardarshahar-Sirsa
32. Nathdwara-Kankroli-Gangapur-Bhilwara
33. Badmer-Delhi via Pali, Marwar, Luni, Jaipur
34. Neem Ka Thana and Sujangarh via Sikar, Salasar and Udaipurwati.
35. Didwana-Ringus via Khatu Shyamji.
36. Bhatgaon-Pratappur-Vadrofnagar-Renukoot
37. Champa-Ambhanpur bye pass line
38. Lamta -Paraswada-Baihar-Malajkhand
39. Seoni-Barghat-Katangi
40. Seoni-Chhapra-Lakhnadaun
41. Chennai to Sriperumbudur via Guindy, Poonamallee.
42. Kanchipuram-Thiruvannamalai-Katpadi44
43. Kumbakonam-Andimadam-Jayankandam-Vridhachalam
44. Kannur-kannur Airport rail link
45. Balarampuram station with Vizhinjam Port.
46. Thanjavur to Pudukottai via Fandarvakottai.
47. Attipattu-Ennore Sea Port
48. Kollengode-Thrissur
49. Angadippuram-Ottapalam.
50. Haveri to Sirsi
51. Rail link to connect Dandeli to Hubli-Ankola Line
52. Dindigul-Kumuli via Bodinayakkanur
53. Jabalpur-Rajnandgaon via Bemetra; Kawardha-Mandla
54. Satna-Mirzapur
55. Sagar to Bandri Malthon-Lalitpur railway line.
56. Piplod-Deogarh Bara-Chhota Udepur-Rajpipla.
57. Hoshiarpur - Phagwara.
58. Rahon -Samrala
59. Machhilipatnam  - Repalle.via Nizampatnam
60. Mahasamund - Bargarh via Tumgaon, Patewa, Pithaura, Saraipaali.
61. Dipka -Gataura RS
62. Extending proposed Dalli Rajhara railway line by constructing it upto BalodDhamtari.
63. Raipur - Shivrinarayan via Baludabazaar.
64. Raipur-Rajim, Gariyabandh, Mainpur, Devbhog to Odisha.
65. Charauda and Bilaspur via Ahirwara-Dhamdha-Bemetra-Nawagarh-Mungeli.
66. Nagpur Halt(on Boridand-Ambikapur railline) to Paradol(on Bridand Chirmiri
67. Raipur-Bargarh via Aarang, Tumgaon, Jhalap, Patewa, Basana and Saraipaali.
68. Akaltara-Morga and Parsa-Surajpur to connect with Mumbai-Howrah line and
Anuppur-Ambikapur line under Hasdeo-Arand Coalfield corridor.
69. Talaipalli-Raigarh upto Ghargodha under Raigarh-Mand coalfield corridor project.
70. Kharasiya-Ghargodha-Dharamjaigarh to join with Korba-Lohardaga line or extension
upto Pathalgaoan,Jashpur, Lohardaga. under Raigarh-Mand coalfield corridor project.
71. Champa-Korba-Dharamjaigarh-Pathalgaon-Ambikapur..
72. Pendra-Gevra Road to Hardibazaar-Pantora-Pahariya-Champa.
73. Rail link between Raipur-Dhamtari BG line upto Jagdalpur via Banskot, Amravati,
74. Raipur-Jabalpur via Khairagarh, Kawardha, Borla.
75. Rajnandgaon Chowki, Mohla, Manpur railline.
76. Chirmiri - Nagpur Halt RS.
77. Ambikapur to Myorpur-Chopan to connect it with Delhi mainline.
78. Ambikapur to Jharsuguda to connect it with Delhi mainline.
79. Ambikapur to Jharsuguda via Batuali Sitapur, Pathalgaon, Kotba.
80. Korba - Ranchi.
81. Dallirajhara - Chandrapur(Maharastra) via Khadgaon, BharriTola & Maanpur village.
82. Rajnadgaon and Dongargaon upto Chandrapur(Maharastra) via Maanpur village.
83. Linking Bhanupratappur with Dalli Rajhara-Rawghat under construction railline and
connecting it with Jagdalpur.
84. Renukoot - Korba via Ambikapur.
85. Raigarh-Gaya via Benaras,Allahabad.45
86. Dongarhgarh-Uslapur.
87. By-pass line between Salawas and Banad.
88. Jalore-Falna
89. Bhiladi - Patan.
90. Godhra-Dahod-Indore-Devas.
91. Provision of Broad gauge linkages to minor ports of Gujrat viz. Hazira, Dahef, Bedi
and Porbander.
92. Saugor-Lalitpur
93. Rail link from Singareni Colleries to Gandhipuram
94. Indore-Betul
95. Arnej-Tarapur
96. Chhindwara-Gadarwara-Udaipur-Jaisinagar-Saugor-Banda Badamalhara Khajuraho
97. Extension of rail link from Roxy siding to Basnpani via Koira and Kiriburu to Barbil
98. Nasik-Surat
99. Provision of the linkage with Chittagong and Belonia to connect with Bangladesh
100. Ujjain-Rajgajmandi
101. Jabalpur-Indore
102. Bondi-Kanker
103. High Speed Rail Corridor (HSRC) between Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad.
104. By-pass line at Luni Jn, Samdari, Bhildi Jn, Palanpur, Marwar and Pokaran Jn.
105. Idapalli – Guruvayur
106. Chenganur – Thiruvananthapuram
107. Champapukur- Debipur
108. Bashirhat – Maslandpur
109. Ghatakpukur – Hasnabad via Malancha
110. Imphal – Moreh
111. Egra – Belda
112. Shimoga – Shikaripura – Ranebennaur
113. Madhugiri – Gauribidnaur
114. Shirdi – Shahpur - Ghoti46
Annexure 5 (Para no. 45)
List of 11 New Line Projects sanctioned in 2012-13:-
1. Bhadrachalam – Kovuur
2. Kulpi – Diamond Harbour
3. Unchahar – Amethi
4. Tarakeshwar – Furfura Sharif
5. Rohtak – Hansi via Meham
6. Nandigram – Kandiamari (Nayachar)
7. Akkanpet – Medak
8. Itahar – Buniyadpur
9. Nandakumar – Bolaipanda
10. Mukutmonipur – Jhilimili
11. Rajabhatkhowa-Jainti
Annexure 6 (Para no. 46)
List of 19 Gauge Conversion Works to be completed in 2011-12
1. Madhepura-Murliganj
2. Murliganj-Banmankhi
3. Bairgania-Chauradano
4. Bareilly-Lalkuan
5. Anandnagar-Naugarh
6. Katihar-Tejnarayanpur (Part)
7. New Mal-Changrabandha
8. Rangiya-Rangapara North
9. Sriganganagar-Sarupsar
10. Sriganganagar-Hanumangarh (Part)
11. Virudhnagar-Arupukottai
12. Mayiladuturai - Tiruvarur
13. Palani-Pollachi
14. Pollachi-Palakkad (Part)
15. Arupukottai-Manamadurai
16. Kolar-Chintamani
17. Chickballapur-Siddalgutta
18. Ankeleshwar-Rajpipla
19. Farukhnagar-Garhi Harsuru
Annexure 7 (Para no. 46)
List of 17 Gauge Conversion Projects to be completed in 2012-13:
1. Krishnanagar City-Amghata
2. Banmankhi-Purnia
3. Saharsa-Saraigarh
4. Kasganj-Bareilly
5. Thawe-Chhapra
6. Gonda-Barhni
7. Rangapara North-North Lakhimpur
8. Balipara-Bhalukpong
9. Ratangarh-Sardarsahar
10. Hanumangarh-Sriganganagar
11. Sikar-Loharu
12. Sengottai-Bhagavathipuram
13. Edamann-Punalur
14. Muthalamada-Palakkad
15. Pollachi-Kinattukkadavu
16. Chintamani-Sidlaghatta
17. Ratlam-Fatehabad
Annexure 8 (Para no. 46)
List of new Gauge Conversion Projects sanctioned in 2012-13:
1. Ahmedabad - Botad
2. Dhasa – Jetalsar
Annexure 9 (Para no. 46)
List of 4 Gauge Conversion Projects sent to Planning Commission:
1. Dohrighat-Indara
2. Himmatnagar-Khedbrahma with ext. upto Abu road
3. Nagbhir-Nagpur
4. Mavli - Badi Sadri
Annexure 10 (Para no. 46)
List of 7 new Surveys for Gauge Conversion sanctioned in 2012-13:-
1. Kalol-Kadi
2. Gandhidham-Anjar-Mundra
3. Khambhat-Khambhat port
4. Ahmedabad-Sardargram-Dabhoda Nandol Dahegam-Rakhiyal-JaliyamathPratij-Himmatnagar
5. Navlakhi-Malia-Rajkot
6. Tantpur to Bansi Paharpur
7. Bhavnagar-Adhelal-Dholera-Vataman-Petlad
Annexure 11 (Para no. 48)
List of 55 Doubling Works for completion during 2011-12:-
1. Pen-Kasu
2. Panvel-Apta
3. Chandpara-Bongaon
4. Ghutarisharif-Canning
5. Magrahat-Diamond Harbour
6. Dakshin Barasat-Lakshmikantapur
7. Jirat-Guptipara
8. Guptipara-Ambika Kalna
9. Katwa-Daihat
10. Shantipur-Thulia
11. Korukonda-Vizianagaram
12. Kottavalsa-Kantakapali
13. Jakhal-Mansa
14. Panipat-Khukrana
15. Domingarh-Sahjanwa
16. Burhwal-Jhangirabad
17. Baitalpur-Bhatni - Bhatni-Nounkar
18. Bhatpar Rani-Bhatni
19. New Guwahati-Digaru (part)
20. Keshavganj-Sirohi
21. Banas-Swarupganj
22. Chengalpattu-Villupuram (Part)
23. Mavelikkara – Chengannur
24. Ennore-Attipattu 3
25. Gokulpur-Midnapur
26. Dumetra-Champajharan
27. Banspani-Jaroli
28. Tikiapara-Santragachi
29. Kalumna-Nagpur
30. Champa Bye pass
31. Ramanagaram-Chennapatna
32. Mysore-Naganhalli
33. Maddur-Hanakere
34. Ballakere-Birur
35. Birur-Ajjampur (Part)
36. Gandhidham-Kandla Port
37. Kalapipal-Phanda
38. Udhna-Jalgaon (Part)
39. Baikunth-Silyari
40. Dadri-Ghaziabad
41. Tadipatri-Rayalacheruvu
42. Balichak-Shyamchak
43. Ghantikal-Naraj
44. Tilda-Baikunth
45. Aspsri-Isivi
46. Khurja-Kulwa50
47. Nagore-Adoni
48. Bareth-Gulabgaun
49. Chaata-Bhuteshwar
50. Adoni-Isivi
51. Chhulaha-Jaitahair
52. Hari-Venkatnagar
53. Haur-Balichak
54. Shyamchak-Madpur
55. Kulwa-Aligarh
Annexure 12 (Para no. 48)
List of 67 Doubling Works for completion during 2012-13:-
1. Apta-Jite
2. Kasu-Roha
3. Dankuni-Bally
4. Krishnanagar-Dhubulia
5. Phulia-Kalinarayanpur
6. Tinpahar-Taljhari
7. Bhagawangola-Jiaganj
8. Barharwa-Bonidanga
9. Nalhati-Takipur
10. Ambika Kalna-Dhatrigram
11. Dainhat-Patuli
12. Poradanga-Manigram
13. Chandrapura-Rajabera
14. Lapanga-Brundamal
15. Korukonda-Alamanda-Kantakapalli
16. Delang-Sakhigopal
17. Simhachalam North-Gopalipatnam bypass line
18. Angul-Kerejang
19. Palwal-TKD Jn. Cabin
20. Sultanpur-Bhadian
21. Bandhua Kalan-Shiv Nagar
22. Lohta-Chokhandi-Sewapuri
23. Mansa-Maur
24. Ghaghraghat-Chowkaghat
25. Jahangirabad-Barabanki
26. Chauri Chaura-Baitalpur
27. Ambari Falakata-Belakoba
28. Belakoba-Raninagar Jalpaiguri
29. New Coochbehar-Baneswar
30. New Alipurduar-Samukhtala Road
31. Banas-Sirohi
32. Attipattu-Ennore 4th line
33. Ottivakkam-Madurantakam
34. Melmaruvthur-Tozhuppedu
35. Tindivanam-Perani
36. Raghavapuram-Peddampet
37. Muri-Muri Outer
38. Rajkharswan-Mahalimarup
39. Kharagpur-Gokulpur
40. Channapatna-Settihalli
41. Hanakere-Mandya
42. Mandya-Yeliyur
43. Nagavangala-Ajjampur
44. Ajjampur-Shivani
45. Ukaisongarh-Chinchpada
46. Dharnagaon-Paldhi52
47. Hodal-Chhata
48. Esivi-Kupgal
49. Kosigi-Mantralaym
50. Silyari-Mandhar
51. Mandhar-Urkura
52. Sukhi Sewaniyan-Diwanganj
53. Gulabganj-Sumer
54. Salamatpur-Diwanganj
55. Kalhar-Mandi Bamora
56. Jenapur-Jakhapur
57. Venkatnagar-Nigaura
58. Chulha-Anuppur
59. Belghana-Tenganmada
60. Arakknonam-Tiruvalangadu
61. Ariyalur-Valadi
62. Mahisadal-Barda
63. Barda-Basulya Sutahata
64. Manoharpur-Posoita
65. Jakpur-Shayamchak
66. Cuttack-Barang
67. Rajatgarh-Barang
Annexure 13 (Para no. 48)
List of 23 new Doubling Projects sanctioned in 2012-13:-
1. Wardha (Sevagram) – Nagpur 3
2. Katreah – Kursela Patch doubling including bridge on River Kosi
3. Bazarsau – Azimganj
4. Monigram – Nimitita
5. Bangurgram – Guriya Patch Doubling
6. Barkhera – Habibganj 3
7. Itarsi – Budhni 3
8. Chhapra – Ballia Patch Doubling
9. Rani  – Marwar Jn. Patch Doubling
10. Sagardighi – Azimganj Doubling
11. Ghatpindrai – Belkhera Doubling
12. Meerut – Muzaffarnagar portion of Meerut-Tapri section
13. Anandvihar – Tilak Bridge 3
& 4
14. Andul (Fly-over) – Baltikuri (Bankranayabaz) Doubling
15. Kharagpur – Narayangarh 3
16. Laksar – Haridwar Patch Doubling
17. Lumding – Hojai Patch Doubling
18. Rajkharswan – Chakradharpur 3
19. Manoharpur – Bandamuda 3
20. Kazipet – Vijaywada 3
21. New Coochbehar – Gumanihat Patch Doubling
22. Bhadrak – Nergundi 3
23. Kanpur – Jhansi Doubling
Annexure 14 (Para no. 48)
List of 4 new projects of Doubling sent to Planning Commission for appraisal:
1. Bibinagar-Nallapadu
2. Dornakal Jn. - Manuguru -  Doubling with electrification
3. Jollarpettai-Kaatpadi-Arakkonam
4. Renigunta-Arakkonam 3rd line
Annexure 15  (Para no. 48)
List of 21 new Surveys for Doubling Projects sanctioned in 2012-13:-
1. Amla-Chhindwara
2. Vasai-Thane-Diva along with electrification
3. Rayagada-Koraput
4. Muzaffarpur-Motihari-Narkatiaganj-Gorakhpur
5. Darbhanga- Samstipur
6. Jhansi - Khairar
7. Barabanki-Faizabad-Ayodhya-Jafrabad
8. Chhapra-Ballia-Mau-Azamgarh-Shahganj alongwith electrification
9. Kanpur-Kasganj-Mathura
10. Allahabad-Varanasi
11. Jaunpur-Janghai-Phaphamau-Unchahar-Onnao
12. 3
13. Gadag-Solapur
line between Kharagpur and Bhadrak
14. Gwalior-Guna-Maksi
15. Rajkot-Okha
16. Surendranagar-Vani Road
17. Khurja-Meerut railway line
18. Sahibganj Loop
19. Madurai-Tirunelveli-Kanyakumari alongwith electrification
20. Trivandrum and Kanniyakumari
21. Tamluk - Digha
Annexure 16 (Para no. 49)
List of 10 new Railway Electrification Projects sanctioned in 2012-13:-
1. Itarsi-Manikpur-Cheoki
2. Titlagarh–Sambhalpur-Jharsuguda and Angul-Sambalpur
3. Pakur-Kumedpur including Malda-Singhabad
4. Nallapadu- Guntakal
5. Hospet - Guntakal and Torangallu – Ranjitpura
6. Garwa Road-Chopan-Singrauli
7. Manheru-Hisar
8. Amla - Chhindwara- Kalumna
9. Coimbatore-Mettupalayam
10. Andal-Sitarampur via Jamuria - Ikhra
Annexure 17 (Para no. 49)
List of 20 new Railway Electrification Surveys sanctioned in 2012-13:-
1. Pakur – Sahibganj-Kiul including Bhagalpur-Mandar Hill
2. Londa-Miraj-Pune including Miraj – Kolhapur
3. Maksi-Vijaypur and Guna – Gwalior
4. Bibinagar (Pagidipalli)-Nallapadu
5. Kurukshetra-Kaithal-Narwana
6. Guwahati-Tinsukhia via Lumding
7. Jhansi-Manikpur (including Khairar-Kanpur)
8. Hospet-Gadag-Hubli
9. Mysore-Hassan-Mangalore (including Hassan-Arsikere)
10. Manmad-Mudkhed-Lingampalli – Dhone
11. Unchahar-Utratia-Balamau-Sitapur
12. Ranchi-Lohardaga-Tori
13. Bangalore-Tumkur-Hubli-Londa-Vasco da Gama (including Birur-Talguppa)
14. Chikjajur-Bellary
15. Hisar-Jakhal-Ludhiana
16. Moradabad-Aligarh including Bareilly-Chandausi
17. Hisar-Bathinda-Suratgarh-Phalodi-Jodhpur-Bhildi (including PhalodiJaisalmer and Samdari-Munabao)
18. Panvel-Pen-Roha
19. Erode - Karur-Tiruchchirappalli & Karur-Dindigul
20. Karaikkal/Karaikkal port-Thiruvarur-Tanjavur-Tiruchchirappalli & NagapattinamVelankkani
Annexure 18 (Para no. 62)
List of 31 Projects being executed with State Cooperation:-
Andhra Pradesh
1 Kotipalli-Narsapur
2 Cuddapah-Bangalore (Bangarapet)
3 Nadikude-Srikalahasti
Vijaywada-Gudivada-Bhimavaram-Narsapur, Gudivada-Machlipatnam &
Bhimavaram-Nidadavolu DL with Electrification
5 Dallirajahara-Jagdalpur
6 Jind-Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh
7 Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri
Rampurhat-Mandarhill via Dumka with new MM for Rampurhat-Murarai -
3rd line
9 Giridih-Koderma
10 Ranchi-Lohardaga with extension to Tori
11 Koderma-Ranchi
12 Koderma-Tilaiya
13 Bangalore-Hubli and Shimoga town-Talguppa
14 Kottur-Harihar via Harpanhalli
15 Hassan-Bangalore via Shravanabelgola
16 Kadur-Chickmagalur-Sakleshpur
17 Munirabad-Mahabubnagar
18 Gulbarga-Bidar (Suppl.)
19 Kolar-Chickballapar
20 Arasikere-Birur-Patch doubling
21 Ramanagaram-Mysore with electrification of Kengeri-Mysore
22 Bagalkot-Kudachi
23 Rayadurg-Tumkur via Kalyandurg
24 Tumkur-Chitradurg-Davangere
25 Shimoga-Harihar
26 Whitefield-Kolar
27 Wardha-Nanded (via Yevatmal-Pusood)
28 Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli Vaijnath
29 Ratlam -Dungarpur via Banswara
30 Deoband (Muzzafar Nagar)-Roorkee
West Bengal
31 Burdwan-Katwa new line
Annexure 19 (Para no. 81 (xiii))
List of 84 Adarsh Stations to be taken up in 2012-13:-
Ahmednagar, Almatti, Amalner, Anupgarh, Ariyalur, Auvaneeswaram, Ayodhya, Badami,
Balotra, Bechraji, Begusarai, Bhanvad, Bhatariya, Birlanagar, Burhanpur, Charvathur,
Coimbatore, Daltonganj, Damoh, Daraganj, Duvvada, Forbeshganj, Garhwa Road,  Gauriganj,
Ghazipur City, Ghora Sahan, Hapur, Haveri, Jaipur, Jakhania, Jalgaon, Jalna, Janakpur Road,
Jhusi, Jiradai, Jogbani, Kabakaputtur, Kadi, Kandivli, Kannapuram, Khairthal, Khandwa,
Kharik, Kokrajhar, Kolayat, Kotikulam,  Lalganj,  Lal Gopal Ganj, Lalpurjam, Lunkaransar,
Macherla, Madanmahal, Maghar, Manjeswaram, Muzaffarnagar, Naini, Nawadah, New
Bongaigaon, Nileswar, Nohar, Palanpur, Parappanangadi, Parasia, Paravur, Payangadi,
Piduguralla, Pokarni Narsimha, Prayagghat, Rajgarh, Royapuram, Sardar Sahar, Sattenapalli,
Siddhpur, Simraha, Sri Dungar Garh, Sujan Garh, Supaul, Thakurganj, Thiruverumbur, Ujjain,
Unjha, Unchahar Jn, Vinukonda and Warsaliganj.
Annexure 20 (Para no. 105)
List of new Express Trains, Passenger Trains, MEMU, DEMU, Extension of run and
increase in frequency of trains:-
Express Trains:
1. Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak (T) AC Express (Weekly) via Katihar, Mughalsarai, Itarsi
2. Secunderabad-Shalimar  AC Express (Weekly)  via Vijayawada
3. Bandra (T)-Bhuj AC Express (Tri-Weekly)
4. Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Udhampur AC Express (Tri-Weekly) via Ambala, Jalandhar
5. Coimbatore-Bikaner AC Express (Weekly) via,Roha,Vasai Road,Ahmedabad,Jodhpur
6. Kakinada-Secunderabad AC Express (Tri-weekly)
7. Yesvantpur-Kochuveli AC Express ( Weekly)
8. Chennai-Bangalore AC Double-decker Express (Daily)
9. Habibganj-Indore AC Double-decker Express (Daily)
10. Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express (6 days a week) via Malda Town
11. Kamakhya-Tezpur Intercity  Express (Daily)
12. Tiruchchirappalli-Tirunelveli Intercity Express (Daily) via Madurai,Virudunagar
13. Jabalpur-Singrauli Intercity Express (Daily) via New Katni Jn.
14. Bidar-Secunderabad  Intercity Express (6 days a week)
15. Kanpur-Allahabad Intercity Express (Daily)
16. Chhapra-Manduadih Intercity Express (Daily) via Phephna, Rasra, Mau, Aunrihar
17. Ranchi-Dumka  Intercity Express (Daily) via Deoghar
18. Barbil-Chakradharpur Intercity  Express  (Daily) via Dongoaposi, Jhinkpani
19. Secunderabad-Belampalli Intercity Express(Daily) via Kazipet
20. New Jalpaiguri – New Cooch Behar Intercity Express (5 days a week)
21. Ahmedabad-Ajmer Intercity Express (Daily)
22. Dadar (T)- Tirunelveli Express (Weekly) via Roha, Coimbatore,Erode
23. Visakhapatnam-Chennai Express (Weekly)
24. Visakhapatnam-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Vijayawada,Manmad
25. Indore-Yesvantpur Express  (Weekly) via Itarsi,Narkher,Amravati,Akola,Kacheguda
26. Ajmer-Haridwar Express (Tri-weekly) via Delhi
27. Amravati-Pune Express (Bi-weekly) via Akola, Purna and Latur
28. Kacheguda-Madurai Express (Weekly) via Dharmavaram,Pakala,Jolarpettai
29. Bikaner-Puri Express (Weekly) via Jaipur,Kota,Katni Murwara, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur
30. Secunderabad-Darbhanga Express (Bi-weekly) via Ballarshah, Jharsuguda, Rourkela,
Ranchi, Jhajha
31. Bilaspur-Patna Express (Weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha
32. Howrah-Raxual  Express (Bi-weekly) via Asansol, Jhajha, Barauni
33. Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Link Express (Daily) via Vizianagaram
34. Puri-Yesvantpur Garib Rath Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam, Guntur
35. Sai Nagar Shirdi-Pandharpur Express (Tri-weekly) via Kurduwadi
36. Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Visakhapatnam,Gudur
37. Visakhapatnam-Lokmanya Tilak(T) Express (Weekly) via Titlagarh,Raipur 59
38. Howrah-Lalkuan Express (Weekly) via Mughalsarai,Varanasi,Lucknow
39. Kolkata-Jaynagar Express (Weekly) via Asansol,Jhajha,Barauni
40. Dibrugarh-Kolkata Express (Weekly)
41. Firozpur-Sriganganagar Express (Daily) via Fazilka,Abohar
42. Jaipur-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Nagda, Bhopal, Narkher, Amravati, Akola
43. Okha-Jaipur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Ajmer
44. Adilabad-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Daily) via Mudkhed
45. Shalimar-Chennai Express (Weekly)
46. Mysore-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) via Bangalore,Dharmavaram,Bellary
47. Valsad-Jodhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Marwar
48. Porbander-Secunderabad Express (Weekly) via Viramgam,Vasai Road
49. Bandra (T)-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express (Weekly) via Palanpur, Phulera
50. Hapa-Madgaon Express (Weekly) via Vasai Road,Roha
51. Bikaner-Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Jodhpur,Marwar,Ahmedabad
52. Ahmedabad-Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Palanpur,Jaipur,Mathura,Farrukhabad,
53. Durg-Jagdalpur Express (Tri-Weekly) via Titlagarh
54. Mannargudi – Tirupati Express (Tri-Weekly) viaThiruvarur,Villupuram,Katpadi
55. Gandhidham-Bandra (T) Express (Weekly) via Morbi
56. Kota-Hanumangarh Express (Daily) via Jaipur,Degana,Bikaner
57. Jhansi-Mumbai Express (Weekly) via Gwalior, Maksi, Nagda
58. Secunderabad-Nagpur Express (Triweekly) via Kazipet
59. Kanpur-Amritsar Express (Weekly) via Farrukhabad, Bareilly
60. Chappra-Lucknow Express (Tri-Weekly) via Masrakh,Thawe,Padrauna
61. Karimnagar-Tirupati Express (Weekly) via Pedapalli
62. Anandvihar-Haldia Express(Weekly) via Mughalsarai, Gomoh, Purulia
63. Barrackpore-Azamgarh Express (Weekly) via Jhajha, Ballia, Mau
64. Indore-Rewa Express ( Tri-weekly) via Bina
65. Running of independent train between Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin by delinking from
12405/12406 Bhusawal- Hazrat Nizamuddin and 12409/12410 Raigarh-Nizamuddin
Gondwana Express
66. Darbhanga-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Raxaul, Sitapur, Bareilly, Kasganj, Mathura
67. Solapur-Yesvantpur Express (Tri-weekly) via Gulbarga
68. Chennai-Puri Express (Weekly)
69. Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (Weekly)via Manmad, Itarsi, Ratlam
70. Asansol-Chennai Express (Weekly) via Purulia, Sambalpur,Vizianagaram
71. Shalimar-Bhuj Express (Weekly) via Bilaspur, Katni, Bhopal
72. Amritsar- Hazur Sahib Nanded Express (Weekly)
73. Santragachi-Ajmer Express (Weekly) via Kharagpur, Chandil, Barkakana, Katni, Kota
74. Malda Town-Surat Express ( Weekly) via Rampur Hat, Asansol, Nagpur
75.Dwarka-Somnath Express (Daily)60
Passenger Trains
1. Koderma-Nawadih Passenger (6 Days)
2. Sriganganagar-Suratgarh Passenger (Daily)
3. Yerraguntla-Nosam/Nanganapalli Passenger (Daily)
4. Villupuram-Katpadi Passenger (Daily)
5. Gunupur-Palasa (Via Parlakhemundi) Passenger (Daily)
6. Ajmer-Pushkar Passenger (5 Days)
7. Kota-Jhalawar City Passenger (Daily)
8. Bareilly-Kasganj Passenger (Daily)
9. Anandnagar-Barahani Passenger (Daily)
10. Rangiya-Tezpur Passenger (Daily)
11. Mysore-Shravan Belgola (Daily)
12. Jodhpur-Bilara Passenger (Daily)
13. Villupuram-Mayiladuthurai Passenger (Daily)
14. Rohtak-Panipat Passenger (Daily)
15. Miraj-Kurudwadi Passenger (Daily)
16. Phulera-Rewari Passenger (Daily)
17. Mysore-Chamarajanagar Passenger (Daily)
18. Gorakhpur-Siwan Passenger (Daily) via Kaptanganj,Thawe
19. Running of independent Passenger trains between Rewa-Bilaspur & Rewa-Chirmiri by
delinking from 51751/51752 Rewa-Bilaspur Passenger &51753/51754 Rewa-Chirmiri
20. Mysore-Birur Passenger via Arsikere (Daily)
21. Jhansi-Tikamgarh Passenger via Lalitpur
1. Dahod-Anand
2. Anand-Gandhinagar
3. Bina-Bhopal MEMU service in lieu of conventional services.
4. Palakkad -Coimbatore-Erode
5. Ernakulam – Thrisur
6. Adra-Asansol
7. Adra-Bishnupur via Bankura
8. Sealdah-Lalgola
1. Baripada-Bangriposi  (Daily)
2. Masagram-Matnashibpur  (Daily)
3. Mannargudi-Trichy-Manamadurai  (Daily)
4. Hoshiarpur-Firozpur (Daily)
5. Siliguri-Changrabandha  (Daily)
6. Pratapnagar- Chota Udepur (Daily)
7. New Jalpaiguri–Bamanhat DEMU service in lieu of conventional services.
8. Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Farukhnagar (6 days a week)
9. Katwa – Azimganj (Daily)61
Extension of Trains
1. 12037/12038 New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Express on 2 days to Moga
2. 12537/12538 Manduadih-Bapudham Motihari Express to Muzaffarpur
3. 19051/19052 Valsad-Sonpur Express to Muzaffarpur
4. 18417/18418 Bhubaneswar-Jharsuguda Rajya Rani Express to Rourkela
5. 12945/12946 Surat-Varanasi Express  to Chhapra
6. 13237/13238/13239/13240 Patna-Mathura Express to Kota
7. 15013/15014 Kathgodam-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express   to Jodhpur
8. 12991/12992 Udaipur-Ajmer Express to Jaipur
9. 16779/16780 Madurai-Tirupati Express to Rameswaram
10. 22609/22610 Palakkad-Mangalore Express to Coimbatore
11. 16227/16228 Bangalore-Shimoga Express to Talguppa
12. 19781/19782/19771/19772 Jaipur-Amritsar Express to Ajmer
13. 18005/18006 Howrah-Koraput Express to Jagdalpur
14.  18207/18208 Durg-Jaipur Express to Ajmer
15.  13155/13156 Kolkata-Darbhanga Express to Sitamarhi
16.  19605/19606 Kolkata-Ajmer Express to Ahmedabad (via Abu Road)
17.  12687/12688 Dehradun-Chennai Express to Madurai (via Erode)
18.  11017/11018 Dadar-Yesvantpur Express to Puducherry (3 days) via JolarpettaiKatpadi-Villupuram & to     Tirunelveli (3 days) via Dharmapuri-Erode
19.  14553/14554 Delhi-Una Himachal Express to Amb Andaura
20.  12941/12942 Ahmedabad - Asansol Express to Bhavnagar
21.  16649/16650 Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Express to Nagercoil
22.  53139/53140 Kolkata-Chittaranjan Passenger to Deoghar
23.  58207/58208 Raipur-Kesinga Passenger to Bhawanipatna
24.  54033/54032 Delhi-Jind Passenger to Narwana
25.  51973/51974 Mathura-Bandikui Passenger to Jaipur
26.  55713/55714 New Jalpaiguri-Bongaigaon Passenger to Tezpur
27.  54043/54044 Jind-Sirsa Passenger to Hisar
28.  54809/54810 Rewari-Degana Passenger to Jodhpur
29.  57502/57503 Bodhan-Nizamabad Passenger to Kamareddi
30.  56011/56012 Arakkonam-Nandalur Passenger   to Cuddapah
31. 59117/59122 Pratapnagar-Bodeli Passenger to Chota Udepur
32. 56714/56711 Tiruchchirapalli-Nagore Passenger to Karaikal62
33. 54581/54582 Nangal Dam-Una Himachal Passenger to Amb Andaura
34. 66532 Bangalore – Bangarapet Passenger to Marikuppam
35. 66533 Bangarpet –Krishnarajapuram Passenger to Marikuppam.
36. 66602/66603 Coimbatore-Erode MEMU to Salem
37. 78816/78815 Dallirajhara-Durg DEMU to Raipur
38. 74001/74002 Delhi-Muzaffarnagar DEMU to Saharanpur
39. 76818/76813 Velankanni-Nagore DEMU to Karaikal
40. 13243/13244 Patna-Dehri On Son Express to Bhabua Road
Increase in Frequency
1. 15903/15904 Dibrugarh-Chandigarh Express 1 to 2 days
2. 12731/12732 Secunderabad-Tirupati Express 2 to 4 days
3. 12069/12070 Raigarh-Gondia Janshatabdi Express 4 to 6 days
4. 17003/17004 Hyderabad-Kolhapur Express 2 to 7 days
5. 22451/22452 Chandigarh-Bandra(T) Express 1 to 2 days
6. 16779/16780 Madurai-Tirupati Express 2 to 3 days
7. 12685/12686 Chennai-Mangalore Express 6 to 7 days
8. 16535/16536 Yesvantpur-Solapur Express 3 to 7 days
9. 12187/12188 Jabalpur-Mumbai (CST) Express 2 to 3 days
10. 14009/14010/14019/14020 Chhindwara-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express 4 to 7 days
11. 16315/16316 Bangalore-Kochuveli Express 3 days to daily
12. 12641/12642 Nizamuddin Kanniyakumari Express 1 to 2 days
13.  22603/22604 Kharagpur-Villupuram Express from 1 to 2 days
14.  12453/12454 New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express from 1 to 2 days.
15.  12457/12458 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Bikaner Superfast Express from 3 to 7   days.
16. 56231/56232 Mysore-Bangalore Passenger 6 to 7 days
17. 56237/56238 Mysore-Bangalore Passenger 6 to 7 days
18. 56223/56224 Bangalore-Arsikere Passenger 6 to 7 days
19. 56523/56524 Bangalore-Hindupur Passenger 6 to 7 days
20. 75705/75706 New Jalpaiguri-Aluabari-Siliguri DEMU from 6 to 7 days.
21. 75707/75708 Radhikapur-New Jalpaiguri DEMU from 6 to 7 days.
22. 75709/75710 Balurghat-New Jalpaiguri  DEMU from 6 to 7 days.
23. 12485/12486 Shri Ganganagar-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express from 1 to 3 d
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