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Railway Budget 2009 Highlights

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday presented 2009 Railway Budget. Here some of the highlights of the budget.

• 50 Railway stations, including CST Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Howrah, Sealdah, Varanasi, New Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kanpur, Chennai Central, Thiruvananthapuram Central, Secunderabad, Bangalore, Byappanahalli, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Habibganj, Agra Central, Chandigarh, Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri, Puri and Kochi, will be developed to have world class facilities.
• Railways to introduce 67 new trains across the nation.
• One Doctor to be available on long distance trains to attend to passenger/staff medical emergencies.
• Ticket booking services to be opened in 200 new locations.
• Selected Post Offices to provide Railway ticket booking facility.
• 309 stations out of 375 across the nation have been identified for development and special facilities will be provided.
• SMS updates will be made available for passengers to check train status and reservation status.
• Auto vending machines to be installed in large and medium stations.
• High capacity air conditioned double decker trains to be introduced on select intercity routes.
• An Integrated Security System is being developed for 130 vulnerable stations to provide security to passengers.
• Railway medical colleges to be developed along with rail hospitals on public private partnership.
• ATMs on 200 mid and small sized stations .
• Railways to develop multi-functional complexes with shopping malls, food stalls, medicines and variety stores in different parts of the country.
• New factory in West Bengal for making 500 state-of-the-art coaches annually
• Railways to develop cold storages for farmers to store vegetables and fruits.
• Scheme named Izzat for low-income monthly travel till 100 kilometres.
• Committed for the downtrodden and development of the country Infotainment services to be provided in major long-distance trains.
• Expert committee to be established to look into economic viability of socially important projects.
• Superfast parcel express trains to be started on a pilot basis between Delhi and Chennai and Delhi and Mumbai.
• Priority areas to be railway catering, punctuality, food and sanity of rail bogeys.
• Railways to extend helping hand to physically challenged and elderly people by providing ramps, specially designed bogeys.

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