New Delhi: Presenting the Union Budget 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informed the Parliament that WiFi internet services and CCTVs cameras will be progressively provided in all trains. Talking about the Railways, Jaitley said the focus in the next fiscal would be on safety, maintenance of railway tracks, increase in use of technology and fog safety devices.
Jaitley announced that more than Rs 1.48 lakh crore has been allocated for the Railways in the next fiscal. Escalators will be installed at stations with 25,000-plus footfall, the FM said, adding 12,000 wagons, 5,160 coaches and 700 locomotives are being procured. Also, 4,267 unmanned railway crossings on broad gauge routes will be eliminated in the next two years, Jaitley said.The minister put the target of rail track renewal in the coming year at 36,000 kilometres. He added that there has been significant achievements of physical targets by the Railways. Jaitley further informed that redevelopment of 600 major railway stations has been taken up.Talking about the local railway network, Jaitley said while the Mumbai transport system is being expanded, a suburban network of 160 kilometres is planned for Bengaluru. Speaking about the Bullet Train project, Jaitley said its foundation stone was laid in September 2017. “An institute is coming up in Vadodara to train the manpower required for the high speed railway projects,” he said.
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