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Here are the highlights of the railway budget presented in the Lok Sabha Tuesday by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal:

Fare hike:

No hike in passenger fares

Marginal hike in freight fares

Superfast charges and Tatkal fee to be hiked

5 per cent average increase in freight

Dynamic fuel adjustment component to be introduced on freight rates from April one, that will result in less than five per cent increase in rates

New freight rates from April 1

Overview
Losses mounted from Rs.22,500 crore in 2011-12 to Rs.24,600 crore in 2012-13

Planning Commission pegged 12th Plan at Rs.125.19 lakh crore

Fall in accidents - per million accidents down from .41 to .13; Aim to eliminate 31,846 level crossings

Rs one lakh crore to be raised from public-private partnership, Rs 1.05 lakh crore through internal resources in the 12th Plan

Elimination of 10,700 unmanned level crossings targeted during the Plan

Corporate Safety Plan to be prepared for ten-year period (2014-24)

Identification of 104 stations for upgradation in places with more than one million population and of religious significance

Railways to set up six more Rail Neer bottling plants

Corporate plan for 10 years to be drawn up

Railways set to enter 1 billion ton freight club of China, Russia and US

Allocation of Rs 1,000 crore each made for railway land development authority and railway station development authority

New coach manufacturing and maintenance facilities to be set up in various places including Rae Bareli, Bhilwara, Sonepat, Kalahandi, Kolar, Palakkad and Pratapgarh

Safety measures:
Seventeen bridges identified for repair

Smoke and fire detection system envisaged

Fire extinguishers to be kept in guard vans

Raised four companies of women RPF personnel, and another eight to be raised for women's safety

Passenger amenities:
Free WiFi on special trains

Special A/C coaches 'Anubhuti', to be introduced in select Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains to give excellent ambience with commensurate fare

Railways will use Aadhar data base for bookings and validation of passengers

SMS alert service being rolled out shortly to intimate passengers about reservation status

Internet booking to be provided from 0030 hours to 2330 hours

Common rail-bus ticket to be introduced for Katra-Vaishnodevi pilgrims

New train Azadi Express to places linked with the freedom struggle to be introduced, fares to be concessional.

47,000 vacancies for weaker sections and physically challenged to be filled up soon

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