Rail Budget 2012-13: Highlights on job opportunities & passenger friendly measures

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday presented his debut Railway Budget during the Budget session of the Parliament.

The following are the highlights the employment opportunities and passenger friendly measures that the Rail Budget 2012 proposes:

> SMS alerts for all trains to be introduced

> To introduce 21 new passenger trains

> To introduce 75 new express trains

> To hire 100,000 staff in FY13

> Improvements to railway stations can provide employment to 50,000 people.

> Elevated corridor from Churchgate to Virar in Mumbai being firmed up.

> Conversion from DC to AC power supply completed in Western Railway corridor of Mumbai suburban rail system; conversion of Central Railway corridor to be completed in 2012-13.

> Attempt to increase train speeds to 160 kmph; journey time from New Delhi to Kolkata can be brought down to 14 hours from 17 hours.