Here are some highlights of the first-ever Rail Budget presented by the NDA government's Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in the Lok Sabha:
* Indian railways to become the largest freight carrier in the world.
* Gross traffic receipts in 2013-14 at Re. 12,35,558 crore; operating ratio was 94 per cent (Out of every 100 paise it earns, it spends 94 paise).
* Rail fares to be linked to fuel price, making for frequent changes in fare.
* Railways spent Rs 41,000 crore on laying 3,700 km of new lines in last 10 years.
* Fare revision to bring in Rs.8,000 crore; Another Rs.9,000 crore needed for golden quadrilateral project.
* Food Courts to be set up at major stations.
* Railways spends 94 paisa of every rupee earned, leaving a surplus of only 6 paisa.
* On 12,500 trains, 2.3 crore passengers tarvel every day; equivalent to moving Australia's population.
* Separate housekeeping wing at 50 major stations.
* Dedicated freight corridor on Eastern and Western corridors.
* Tourist trains to link all major tourist places in the country.
* 4,000 women constables to be recruited to ensure safety of women. 17,000 RPF constables to provide safety to passengers.
* Railway University proposed for technical and non-technical study.
* Proposal for High Speed Bullet Trains on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. Speed of important trains will be also raised.
* Diamond Quadrilateral project of high speed trains to connect all major metros.
* Improved E-ticketing system to support 7200 tickets per minute and to allow 120,000 simultaneous users
* Wi Fi in A1 and A category stations and in select trains.
* Bulk of future projects will be financed through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
* Special milk transportation trains in association with Amul and National Dairy Association Board.
* Train connectivity to Char Dham.
* Paperless office of Indian railways in 5 years. Digital reservation charts at stations.
* Ready-to-eat meals to be introduced in phased manner.
* 27 Express trains to be introduced.
* 5 Jansadharan , 5 Premium AC trains to be introduced.