"First they should tell how much was spent out of budgetary allocations on Rail last year and how much was achieved out of the target set by the Railways for Bihar last year."
The Pink Book of the Railway Budget put up on the Ministry of Railways website, provides the detailed list of projects.
The Finance minister said the Railways will focus on four major areas — passenger safety, capital and development works, cleanliness and finance and accounting reforms.
According to sources, the Railways officials were only asked if the ministry had any objection to the listing of some of its PSUs for better fund infusion and market competitiveness.
Track maintenance and rail renewal for Mumbai section will also receive maximum attention from the budgetary allotment from Rail Safety Fund with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore to be utilised over five years.
Railways will implement end-to-end integrated transport solutions for selected commodities through partnership with logistics, who will provide both front and back-end connectivity.
Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "bold step", he said the budget has the "imprint" of Prime Minister's ideas.
He proposed creation of 'Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh' (National Rail Safety Fund) with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore.
For passengers safety, a ‘rail sanraksha kosh’, a rail safety fund with corpus of Rs. 1,00,000 crores, will be created over a period of five years, Arun Jaitley said.
Arun Jaitley is likely to give more focus on infrastructure development such as new lines, doubling, station redevelopment and safety upgradation.
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