The Ministry of Railways has allocated Rs. 2,40,000 crore as Gross Budget Support (GBS) for Capital Expenditure during 2023-24. It comprises Rs. 1,85,000 crore under Capital, Rs. 45,000 crore under Railway Safety Fund and Rs. 10,000 crore as contribution towards Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh.
- A total of Rs. 31,850 crore out of Gross Budgetary Support has been allocated to the Plan head “New Lines” for 2023-24. The Zone Wise fund allocation to New Lines for 2023-24 is as under:
|Railways||Gross Budgetary Support 2023-24 for New Line Projects (₹ in crores)|
|South East Central||389.00|
- Introduction of new trains / train services is a part of regular day to day operations of the Railways. A provision of ₹ 13,150 crore out of Gross Budgetary Support has been made for the Plan head “Customer Amenities” for 2023-24.
- Development of 35 hydrogen fuel cell based trains for various heritage/hill routes has been included in Budget 2023-24 at a cost of ₹ 2800 crore. Further, setting up of Hydrogen Infrastructure for heritage routes has also been included at a cost of ₹ 600 crores.
- This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic & Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Source: PIB- Press Release | Image Credit (representational): MoR