Budget 2019-20: Govt allots Rs 3,400 crore for rail passenger amenities

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The government has allocated more than Rs 3,000 crore for rail passenger amenities in the 2019-2020 Budget, around 200% rise from the last fiscal.


  • The allocation for rail passenger comfort this fiscal has gone up to Rs 3,422.57 crore from Rs 1,657 crore in the Budget presented last year.
  • In the 2017-2018 financial year, the budgetary allocation for railway passenger amenities was Rs 1,100.90 crore.
  • Indication of the sharp rise was given in the interim Budget where the allocation for passenger amenities jumped by 50% from the amount allocated in 2018-2019.

Train sets

  • The government will build world-class modern train sets, including more ‘Train 18s’ and ‘Train 20’ which are the next level of such train sets and consists of sleeper coaches.
  • It is expected to be rolled out in 2020.
  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that his aim is to produce 100 such train sets.
  • It will replace the Shatabdi and Rajdhani express trains in the near future.

Railway station Redevelopment

  • Redevelopment of 600 major railway stations has also been taken up.
  • This project will improve passenger amenities at stations and turn them into world-class facilities with Wi-Fi, drinking water facilities, upgraded waiting rooms, television sets, passenger information kiosks etc.
  • Railways will also launch a massive programme of station modernisation to make train travel pleasant and satisfying for the common citizens.

Wi-Fi at stations

  • Railways will also provide Wi-Fi at all stations excluding halt stations to improve train travel experience.
  • Till now this facility has been provided at 1,603 stations.
  • Rest, 4,882 stations are targeted for provision by August 31, 2019 under the ambitious 100-day programme of the government.

CCTV at Stations and in Trains

  • Railways has also planned to provide CCTV Surveillance System at all stations (excluding halt stations) and in trains by using state-of-the art video surveillance technology to enhance the safety of passengers.
  • CCTV surveillance system at 455 railway stations have been provided and rest of the stations are targeted by 2020-21.
  • Similarly, 1,203 coaches were equipped with CCTV surveillance system and rest passenger coaches are targeted by 2021-22.

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