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Feb 05 2017 (16:30)  Railways Budget: Railways to spend over Rs 720 crore on projects in Ratlam division (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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INDORE: The railways will spend more than Rs 720 crore on various development works in Ratlam division. An official note issued on Friday said that a detailed outlay has been presented in the 'Pink Book', which is the official register of the railways. Officials said that it is revised outlay for current fiscal year and budget proposed for financial year 2017-18. Officials with Ratlam division of the western railways said that a 48-km new rail line will be constructed between Neemuch and Badi-Sadri for which a heavy about has been sanctioned. An amount has also been proposed for gauge conversion of 22.96 kilometer line between Fatehabad Chandrawati Ganj and Ujjain. Both the projects were among the major demands of the passengers and an ample amount of fund has been sanctioned for both the projects. Apart from this, budget has also been allotted for conducting survey of a new rail line and...
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doubling of rail tracks in the division. Construction of railway under bridges (RUBs), railway over bridges (ROBs) and subways have also been approved to remove around 32 manned 11 unmanned level crossings of the division. Officials in the railways said that Madhya Pradesh received the second highest allotments for development works. The budget has been raised to Rs 5,376 from Rs 2,871 crore for the state.
  
Feb 05 2017 (16:25)  Union Budget: With Rs 7,000 crore, UP gets highest Budget grant for rail projects (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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HIGHLIGHTS UP is the major gainer with the highest allocation of Rs 7,110 crore for railway projects Even in 2016-17, UP bagged a significant number of projects, worth around Rs 4,950 crore The high fund allocatio reflects the Modi govt’s eagerness to regain power in the state which is going to polls this month (AP photo) NEW DELHI: The first Budget speech after the merger of the rail budget may not have contained any announcements relating to UP, but the poll-bound state is major gainer with the highest allocation of Rs 7,110 crore for railway projects such as laying of new tracks, doubling, electrification and other works related to enhancing passenger amenities. The politically crucial state is on the priority list of the BJP government as even in 2016-17, UP bagged a significant number of projects, worth around Rs 4,950 crore. The average allocation for the state, which gave 72 MPs...
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to NDA out of total 80 parliamentary seats during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, went up to Rs 3,405 crore between 2014-15 to 2016-17. The average plan allocation during UPA-II regime (2009-10 to 2013-14) was Rs 1,109.3 crore. "It is a 541% increase in average plan allocation for the state between UPA-II and the current BJP regime," said a senior railway official, adding that the allocation is also the highest in the last 10 years. He said, "The hike in plan outlay is 207% when compared between 2009-13 and 2014-16." The high fund allocation for the third consecutive year for several railway infrastructure projects reflects the Modi government's eagerness to regain power in the state which is going to polls this month. However, another official said, "The expansion work in UP also suits the railways' plan to decongest the high density Delhi-Howrah route which will benefit Bihar and West Bengal." The state has got 37 projects related to new lines, doubling and gauge conversion and 10 projects for electrification of the track. The state is a gainer when it comes to building rail over-bridge and under-bridge aimed at eliminating level crossings which have become the single largest killer on tracks. The plan allocation for other states have also seen significant increase as the transporter has substantially increased the total capital expenditure to the tune of Rs 1.31 lakh crore for 20017-18 and planned commissioning of 3,500 km railway lines in 2017-18, up from 2,800 km in 2016-17. Automatic doors for Rajdhanis, Shatabdis NEW DELHI: Premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabadi will soon be fitted with automatic doors, like those in metros. to enhance passenger safety and check crime on running trains. The railways will launch two Rajdhani and two Shatabdi trains fitted with the modern doors in the current financial year. All the doors will automatically open when the train arrives at a station, and close when it departs. The doors will be centrally controlled by the guard from master control system provided in the guard's cabin. The status of all the doors will be indicated on the master control panel. Top Comment
Great news ,at last ,for Rail investment in Uttar Pradesh.Will there be new coaches ,whose doors are low enough, like the Metros,to be parallel to the rail platform? The current coach doors are high ... Read More Hriday Pandey SEE ALL COMMENTSADD COMMENT The doors will open only on the platform side and the doors of other side will remain closed. The new system will also provide an audio announcement and visual indication of opening and closing of the doors.The estimated cost for fitting these doors in the existing coaches is Rs 20 lakh per coach.

  
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Eeatern DFC is going to be life line of IR in UP, as it will take on most of the freight trains in UP and give a new lease of life to the large number of passenger trains, running on existing routes (especially the over crowded NDLS-MGS). We can expect 10kmph increase in avg running speed of pax trains once E-DFC is commissioned and freight trains are off the NDLS-MGS route.
  
Feb 05 2017 (16:16)  SO BSP LOCO SHED IS A REALITY NOW (www.bhaskar.com)
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Feb 05 2017 (16:16)
Station Tag: Bhilai/BIA added by Diwakar Pandey/521675

Feb 05 2017 (16:16)
Station Tag: Bilaspur Junction/BSP added by Diwakar Pandey/521675

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रेल लाइनों पर केंद्रित और आम यात्री के लिए उदासी भरे बजट में उन सुविधाओं को तलाशा गया जो तत्काल न सही लेकिन आने वाले समय में बड़ी सुविधा के तौर पर सामने आएंगे। रोजगार, यात्री सुविधा से लेकर तकनीक के लिहाज से ये सुविधाएं अहम होगी । इनके बारे में जानिए...
हाई स्पीड ट्रेन की तैयारी
नागपुर से बिलासपुर के बीच हाई स्पीड ट्रेन चलाने की घोषणा हुई थी। दो साल पुरानी योजना ठंडे बस्ते में जाते दिख रही थी, लेकिन इस बजट से उम्मीद जगी है। 160 किलोमीटर प्रति
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घंटे की रफ्तार से ट्रेन चलाने के पहले रेल लाइन के दोनों ओर बैरिकेडिंग की जानी है। इस बजट में बिलासपुर से दुर्ग तक के काम के लिए 1.13 करोड़ रुपए मिले हैं। 80 किलोमीटर लंबी लाइन को कवर्ड करने के लिए 16.35 करोड़ रुपए की दरकार है। आने वाले साल में तेजी मिलेगी, जिसके लिए प्रारंभिक जरूरतों की पूर्ति हो रही है।
गुदुम में आरपीएफ बैरक : दल्लीराजहरा - गुदुम, रावघाट परियोजना के लिए सुरक्षा की दरकार है। जोनल रेलवे ने इस सेक्शन में आरपीएफ बैरक की मांग की थी।
आकार लेगा लोको शेड, बढ़ेंगे रोजगार के अवसर
जोन को नया कारखाना तो नहीं मिला है, लेकिन पहले से मंजूर बिलासपुर लोको शेड के लिए बड़ा बजट मिला है। 70 फीसदी आकार ले चुके लोको शेड को 8 करोड़ रुपए मिले हैं। इससे काम में तेजी अाएगी। 100 इंजनों की मरम्मत के लिए बन रहे शेड के पूर्ण होते ही तकनीकी पदों की भर्ती होगी, जिससे रोजगार के अवसर मिलेंगे।
पांच बड़े स्टेशनों में एस्केलेटर के लिए फंड
बिलासपुर, रायपुर जैसे जोन के बड़े स्टेशनों में स्वचलित सीढ़ी (एस्केलेटर) का विस्तार होगा। यहां दूसरे छोर पर भी अभी की तरह एस्केलेटर लगाए जाएंगे। तीन अन्य स्टेशनों को में भी ऐसी सीढ़ी लगाने को मंजूरी मिली है। इन सीढिय़ों के लिए 7 करोड़ रुपए की दरकार है। मंत्रालय ने 5.68 करोड़ रुपए मंजूर किए हैं।
रेलवे स्टेशन में यात्रियों सुविधाओं के लिए बनाया गया एस्केलेटर।

  
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BSP-NGP 410 km is proposed for SHS train(160kmph). A substantial portion of this route is to be barricaded for safe operation of SHS. It is reported that Rs. 16.35 crore required for barricading of BSP-Durg track. For BSP-NGP the figure should be about 50 Crores. 1.13 crore allocation is too low for any significant progress in barricading.
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operationally challangeing tha barricading. Allocation and completion schedule of track upgradation is totally missing.
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Under prevailing scenario, we can utmost expect 130kmph trains that will operate on the barricaded routes in near future!!
  
Feb 05 2017 (16:12)  fund allocation in railway budget for MP: Allocation up, but Bhopal railway division has little to cheer (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh is among top two states to get highest fund allocation in railway budget for 2017-18, but residents of Bhopal or those travelling to Bhopal or in Bhopal division have little reason to feel happy about. All that the capital got in the budget is handful of money or 5-year plans and sanctions for 7 foot over-bridges at stations, doubling of a railway line and camtech design pit line at Habibganj coaching depot. According to passengers in division, the railway budget is more of a formality this year. "Many things could have been sanctioned to capital division in Madhya Pradesh in railway budget. But it seems that West Central Railways received the lowest," said R K Agnihotri, member, Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC), Bhopal division. He said, "Bhopal is a link between two parts of the country, North and South. It sould have been treated properly with new...
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trains and new railway lines. Pune and Nagpur should have been directly connected from Bhopal as there is already traffic on route of Itarsi and other stations from where passengers take trains to south states." As per the budget, Madhya Pradesh got Rs 5,376 crore in railway budget. Of this, Rs 720 crore has gone to Ratlam division.

  
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Feb 05 2017 (15:53)  ‘A pragmatic Budget, but issues such as NPA of banks not addressed’ (www.thehindu.com)
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“NPAs of banks not addressed as expected”
Financial and tax experts from the KPMG here on Saturday said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented a pragmatic budget, but certain key issues such as NPA (non performing assets) of banks was not addressed as desired.
This was pointed out by Amit Jain, tax expert from the KPMG at a post-budget analysis session, organized by the Vizagapatam Chamber of Commerce and the A.P. Information Technology Association.
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According to him, the Minister provided only ₹10,000 crore for recapitalisation of the banks, but at the same time banks have NPAs of over ₹5 lakh crore. And most of the NPAs belong to infrastructure companies, he added.
On demonetisation, Mr. Jain said its impact was still to be assessed as it was a huge exercise. But what was important was the FM’s assurance that it would not have any disruptive impact during the current fiscal. “Even if remonetisation takes place at the expected pace, we still have to wait and watch,” he said.
About the likely impact of the proposals on Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Jain said the plan to introduce a new Metro Rail Act and give importance to building airports in tier-two cities would benefit the State in the long run.
Metro rail
“The State has plans to take up metro rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and wants to build about 13 new airports in each of the districts. This Act will benefit the State,” he said.
Another expert Sumit Gupta said though Mr. Jaitley had not raised the exemption limit to ₹4 lakh to ₹5 lakh per annum for the salaried class, he had rationalised the tax structure and given some relief to the lowest bracket of tax payers by reducing the rate to 5 per cent from 10 per cent. Sanjay Ahuja, in his presentation, pointed out that the reduction of corporate tax from 30% to 25% for MSMEs would boost the manufacturing sector.
The special rate of 10% on income earned through transfer of carbon credits would mitigate the litigation relating to the issue.
Monish Row, president of the Vizagapatam Chamber of Commerce, spoke.
  
Feb 05 2017 (12:46)  Record Rs. 3.96 lakh cr. allocation for infra to spur growth: Jaitley (www.thehindu.com)
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Allocating a record Rs 3.96 lakh crore to infrastructure sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the magnitude of investment will spur economic activities and create more jobs.
Presenting Budget for 2016-17 in Parliament, Mr. Jaitley said, “Total allocation for infrastructure stands at a record level Rs 3,96,135 crore in 2017-18.”
“The magnitude of investment”, he said, will spur a huge amount of economic activities in the country and create more job opportunities.
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the transport sector, as a whole, including railways, road, shipping, the Finance Minister said, “I have provided Rs 2,41,387 crore in 2017-18.”
The FM said, “I feel privileged to present the first combined budget of Independent India that includes the Railways also. We are now in a position to synergise the investment in railways, roads, waterways and civil aviation.
For 2017-18, the total capital and development expenditure of Railways has been pegged at Rs 1,31,000 crore. This includes Rs 55,000 crore provided by the government from the Budget.”
For highways, he said the budget allocation has been stepped up to Rs 64,000 crore in FY18 from Rs 57,676 crore.
He said, “In the road sector I have stepped up the budget allocation for the National Highways from Rs 57,676 crore in the BE of 2016-17 to Rs 64,000 crore in 2017-18.”
Mr. Jaitley said 2,000 kms of coastal connectivity roads have been identified for construction and development.
This will facilitate better connectivity of ports and remote villages, he said.
“The total length of roads including those under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) built from 2014-15 to current year is about 1,40,000 kms which is significantly higher than the previous three years,” Jaitley said.
He added that an effective multi-modal logistics and transport system will “make our economy more competitive. A specific programme for development of multi-modal logistic parks together with multi-modal facilities will be drawn up and implemented.”
On solar power front, he said the second phase of solar power development will be taken up with an aim of generating 20,000 MW.
Also, he said select airports in tier-II cities will be taken up for operations and development on PPP mode.
× A new metro rail policy will have innovative methods of financing, the FM said.
  
Feb 05 2017 (12:31)  It’s pro-poor, says BJP (www.thehindu.com)
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Opposition sees nothing positive for the economy
BJP state president and MP K. Haribabu termed the Union Budget as pro-poor and growth-oriented.
“It will give a big push to infrastructure development in the fields of railways, highways and inland waterways,” he said in a statement.
The Finance Minister also announced relief in income-tax and it would help a large number of the salaried class,
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Mr. Haribabu said.
The capital gains tax exemption announced for farmers in the capital region was a welcome step, he said.
Union Minister Y.S. Chowdary (Sujana) thanked the Finance Minister on behalf of the farmers of AP for the capital gains tax exemption.
Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas thanked the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for responding to the appeal of the farmers.
Telugu Desam State president Kala Venkata Rao said the Budget did good for all sections. He said due priority had been given to agriculture.
Farmers and agricultural workers would be vastly benefited, he said.
CPI (M) state secretary P Madhu said an extremely raw deal was meted out to AP.
CPI state secretary K. Ramakrishna said nothing special had been given to the State.
‘Corporate sector gains’
APCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy said the Budget contained nothing that would revive the economy, which suffered a major setback due to demonetisation.
He said in a press release due priority had not been given to the poor, middle classes, farmers and youth.
“It is, however, beneficial to the corporate sector,” he said.
“The Congress is welcoming the restrictions imposed on donations to political parties,” Mr. Reddy added.
YSRC chief whip in Parliament Y.V. Subba Reddy said in Ongole that none of the issues concerning the State, including the SCS and the special package, had been addressed.
  
Feb 05 2017 (12:18)  Jugglery with figures, says VS (www.thehindu.com)
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Veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] leader V.S. Achuthanandan has described the Union Budget for 2017-18 as a jugglery with figures and lacking a sense of reality.
Mr. Achuthanandan, in his Budget reaction on Wednesday, said that while doling out benefits to corporates, it did not have proposals to bring the nation out of the crisis thrown up by demonetisation. No proposal had been made for creating jobs, improving the life of the common man, or check inflation.
The price of LPG had been raised too. The State was not granted AIIMS.
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No major project had been sanctioned for the railway sector too. It seemed as if there was no such State like Kerala in the country, he said.
  
Feb 05 2017 (12:14)  TS gets Rs. 1,729 cr. for railway works (www.thehindu.com)
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‘Allocations for new projects will be known only when demand for grants is tabled in Parliament’
Telangana State has been allotted funds to the tune of Rs. 1,729 crore for the year 2017-18 for various railway works, in the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely here on Wednesday.
The amount was against an average of Rs. 601 crore allocated in the last two years. However, details of the new projects and allocations for the ongoing projects would be known only when the demand for grants is tabled in the Parliament, said
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South Central Railway General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav. Addressing a press conference, flanked by his senior colleagues, he said that with regard to Andhra Pradesh, also served by SCR, the fund allocation was Rs. 3,406 crore against the last two years average of Rs. 2,195.7 crore.
Major redevelopment
Secunderabad and Vijayawada stations are in the line for a major redevelopment out of the 37 chosen under its control with lifts and escalators. There are over 36 lifts at 15 stations and there was a plan to add 34 lifts more in at 20 stations. In 11 stations 16 escalators are to be installed in addition to the 39 provided for in 14 stations.
Line to Yadadri
While the MMTS phase two is on course to be completed by the end of 2018, the SCR is in the process of signing a joint venture agreement with the TS Government for taking line to Yadadri.
SCR also expects to equip all the remaining 1,115 coaches with bio-toilets next year with more than 4,000 coaches already fitted with them.
And, of the 355 remaining unmanned level crossings, 170 of them are to be eliminated in the financial year and remaining in the coming years.
Mr. Yadav explained that as part of capacity enhancing works, third line constructions are currently going on the Ballarshah-Kazipet and Vijayawada-Gudur sections. Last year, 267.25 kms of new track was laid including 230.55 km of new line, 12.45 km of double line and 24.3 km of third line.
  
Feb 05 2017 (12:12)  Merger of Railway and Union budgets evokes mixed response (www.thehindu.com)
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‘Decision has resulted in the powers of the Railway Board being curtailed’
The Railway Budget which was merged with the Union Budget this year and presented on Wednesday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has evoked mixed response.
The former president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries Umakanth Niggudagi said that the downsize of the Railway Budget was that it no longer existed as a separate entity. “A separate Railway Budget is always preferable as it is a detailed document. Indian Railways has more than a million employees and they require
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a separate Budget. Moreover, the autonomy of the Railway Budget has been affected and so are the powers of the Railway Board,” he said. However, he welcomed the move to set up a security fund for passengers, abolition of service charges on e-tickets, and upgradation of 500 stations under the PPP model.
However, welcoming the merger of the Railway Budget with the Union Budget, president of the Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Ramesh Patil and its office-bearers said that the decisions to install escalators and ramps in 500 stations were welcome.
Chartered Accountant from Hubballi N.A. Charantimath said that with Rs. 3.72 lakh crore being allocated to the infrastructure sector, including Railways, it would help strengthening the rail network.
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