Last year the once separate railway budget was merged with the union budget. This year there were key highlights on the railway which tends to be one of the most important talking points and savings for people travelling in the vast nation of India.
A proposed Rs 1,48,528 crore has been decided for Indian railways in this year’s budget. This is the highest ever railway budget decided in India. Below are pros and cons to the major implementations decided-
- Railways having more than 25,000 footfall to have escalators
Pro- Faster movement
Con- Electricity Costs will increase
- Unmanned Railway Crossings to be eliminated in next two years
Pro- Will reduce death in crossings
Con- Proper safety procedures should be followed
- All trains and railway stations will have WIFI
Pro- An improvement to digital India and the growing usage of internet amongst Indians
Con – NONE
- All trains and railway stations will have CCTVs
Pro- Safety and maintenance of tracks will improve
Con- The people watching the CCTV footage should be well alert, which according to past data has not been as effective
- Increase in fog safety devices
Pro- Reduction of foggy condition accidents and less delays in train departures if weather conditions are bad
Con- The best foggy condition devices should be installed, or it will be a waste of capital
- Redevelopment of 600 major railway station
Pro- It will help put India’s transport system amongst world class railways.
Con- Redevelopment has to be properly defined, as it can include certain specification in one railway station and differ in another
Taking into consdiertation the impact of gas emissions from trains, electric locomotives have been discussed too. This is a decision that wll eventually shift diesel locomotives to electric locomotives
- A Populist Budget to Say the Least!
The railway networks of Mumbai and Bangalore will be further developed, with the bullet train too being implemented. There will be a proper institute in Vadodara which will train the inspectors and men working for the bullet train in India. This shows that India has learnt from the Goa-Mumbai Train which was supposed to be a luxuripous train which eventually became a major flop.
With such developments in the railway field for Budget 2018, it shows progressiveness for India. As well as the potential of reducing horrifying train accidents which accounted to 35 last year with more than 50 killings.