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Have a nice journey! A dream rail budget

Unlike previous rail budgets, which was monotonous due to policy stagnation and drowsy due to lot of unrealistic promises and vote bank politics, the FY 15-16 rail budget presented by Mr.Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Honourable Minister of Indian Railways, was phenomenal, futuristic, outstanding and commendable due to its vision statement towards the sustainable and safe travelling to its fellow customers. The budget is a vision statement with lot of progressive thoughts and designed to expand the rail’s capacity substantially and to modernise the entire system. The budget is clearly aimed towards creating surplus funds from operations, not only to service its debts but also to make it financially self sustainable.

No Gimmicks ! No promises to get applauses!

No new trains were announced in the Railway Budget on Thursday by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who assured Parliament that these would be announced in the ongoing session itself, pending completion of track renewal work and review of line capacity. "At present, due to over-utilised line capacity and backlog in track renewals, there are speed restrictions which lead to delay in running more number of trains. " The review will be completed soon so that we can announce new trains and increase frequency in this session," he said. Government's proposal of not announcing new service, arguably the first time in decades, comes despite heightened demands from states as well as Members of Parliament for announcing new trains in the Budget. And that is a realistic and practical approach too.The aroma coming out of the said words about initiatives to improve the catering and fresh food services is promising a tasty future for an Incredible and Swaach Railways.