Budget 2019: Railways can offer new amendments in the Nirmala Budget!
Budget 2019: Railways can offer new amendments in the Nirmala Budget!

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her first budget today in a strong majority government. Everyone's eyes on it. It is expected that there will be an important announcement about the Railways this time. The Modi government has set 10 targets for the railways, which can be reflected in the budget. Safety of rail passengers will be the government's first priority in the budget.

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The budget may focus on improving infrastructure at railway stations. It is possible to increase facilities like lifts, escalators, LED lights and toilets at railway stations. The Finance Minister is also likely to announce Wi-Fi at all railway stations by 2022. In the Budget, the government is likely to announce the launch of two semi-high-speed trains between Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah. It is also believed that the launch of Vande Bharat train for other cities on the lines of Delhi-Varanasi may also be announced.

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With the target of 100 per cent electrification of the railway line by 2022, the budget is likely to announce the electrification of several new railway lines. New line laying, gauge conversion, doubling of tracks are also government plans. It can also be announced by the Finance Minister in the Budget.

As usual, there is the talk of giving some projects in private hands in the Railways before the Budget. This is because the government is considering increasing private investment in railways. In such a budget, the government may announce an increase in private investment.

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