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Rail Budget Highlight 2017-2018

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Written by techmanish

–> No hike in railway fares, drones to be used for monitoring ongoing projects, introduction of 33% sub-quota for women in all reserved categories, Ring Railway network to be redeveloped in partnership with Delhi government.

–> In Railway Budget 2017-18, IRCTC will make available hygienic local cuisine by choice, Sarthi Sevan introduced in Konkan Railways to help senior citizens, Toilet cleaning request through SMS introduced, GPS-based digital display in coaches to be introduced for showing upcoming stations.

–> In Railway budget 2017 New freight corridors announced: Delhi-Chennai, Kharagpur-Mumbai, Kkaragpur-Vijaywada, 2,800 km of new tracks to be commissioned in the next year, Mizoram and Manipur to be connected with broad gauge soon, 600 km of electrification this year and another 2,000 km proposed for next year.

–> 50 % increase in seat quota for senior citizens from this year, Wi-Fi to be introduced on 100 railway stations this year and another 400 next year Journalists to get facility of e-booking of tickets on concessional passes.

–> Rail Bandhu magazine to be introduced in all regional languages, Children’s menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers, e-catering to be extended to all stations, e-ticket to be made available for foreign debit/credit card holders,Coolies will be called `Sahayaks’

–> For the first time Rail Budget 2017-18 has been presented along with the General Budget. It was Finance Minister Arun Jailtley, who presented the rail budget 2017. He has not announced any new train in the Railway Budget 2017-18

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