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- 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.
- 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.