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Indian Railways to install 17,000 bio-toilets
New Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday announced that the Indian Railways will provide 17,000 bio-toilets on trains and additional toilets at 475 stations before the closure of the 2016-17 financial year.
 
"World's first bio-vacuum toilet developed by the Indian Railways is being used in Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express. Seventy four more trains have been added under on-board housekeeping services and another 400 are to be covered soon, leading to a total number of almost 1000 trains under the scheme," Prabhu said while presenting this year's railway budget in the Lok Sabha.
 
"In pursuance of our mission 'Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat', Indian Railways will provide 17,000 bio-toilets in trains and additional toilets at 475 stations before the closure of this financial year," he added.
 
"Railways has initiated the audit of operations in the busy Ghaziabad to Mughalsarai section that is impacting the overall punctuality of the entire network. Some improvement is already visible and capacity augmentation in the medium term will further reduce the delays," the minister added.
 
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E-catering services to be extended to 408 stations: Prabhu
New Delhi : E-catering services will be extended to 408 stations from 40 now, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Thursday.
 
“IRCTC will manage catering services in a phased manner,” Prabhu said while presenting the Railway Budget 2016-17 in parliament.
 
He also said catering services will be unbundled by IRCTC by categorizing into food preparation and food distribution. 
 
Prabhu said Indian Railways will explore the possibility of making mandatory catering services optional in the trains.
 
He said that a new policy of multi-purpose stalls as against existing single purpose stalls is to be introduced in all stations.
 
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Railways to develop three dedicated freight corridors
New Delhi : Focusing on the development of railway freight corridors, union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday announced the development of the Delhi-Chennai, Kharagpur-Mumbai and Kharagpur-Vijayawada freight corridors on a priority basis.
 
Presenting the railway budget for 2016-17, Prabhu said the railways has proposed to develop freight corridors between Delhi-Chennai (north-south), Kharagpur-Mumbai (east-west) and Kharagpur-Vjayawada on the east coast.
 
According to him, the three projects will be on high priority to ensure structuring, award and implementation in a time-bound manner.
 
The projects will be funded through innovative models including public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
 
He said all the contracts for the civil engineering would be awarded before the close of the financial year.
 
Prabhu said since he assumed office contracts worth Rs.24,000 crore have been awarded against contracts worth Rs.13,000 crore in the last six years.
 
He said as the railways are focused on increasing freight revenue and expand the freight business, it is essential to build more dedicated freight corridors.
 
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