Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rail Budget 2013-14....Highlights

72 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata

Rs.100 crore for improving stations in New Delhi
Marginal increase in cancellation, reservation charges
No fresh hike in passenger fares
Common rail-bus ticket to be introduced for Katra-Vaishnodevi pilgrims
New train Azadi Express to places linked with the freedom struggle to be introduced, fares to be concessional
Internet booking to be provided from 0030 hours to 2330 hours
Internet booking to be strengthened with next-generation e-ticketing system to eliminate delays
Special A/C coaches ‘Anubhuti’, to be introduced in select Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains to give excellent ambience with commensurate fare
Railways will use Aadhar data base for bookings and validation of passengers
SMS alert service being rolled out shortly to intimate passengers about reservation status
Free wi-fi facility to be provided in select trains
Plan to allow e-ticketing via mobile phones

10% reservation for women in RPF

1 comment:

  1. IRCTC Website is admirable and one of the best in world. It is good that it is being further upgraded and facility of making ticket booking through Cellular Phones is proposed.However, the biggest problem is provision of advance booking too much in advance. It cannot be denied that the provision of Ticket Booking, 4 months in advance is not being misused. Generally the very first day all Quotas are already full due to such fake advance bookings made by touts and agents. In practice a genuine traveler is generally able to foresee his travel program only about ONE month in advance. Therefore,provision of booking 4 months in advance promotes speculative booking. Therefore, it shall be helpful if cancellation charge is made at least 40% of Fare. This will deter people from making speculative booking.