Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said in the Lok Sabha that soon all trains will be given Wi-Fi and CCTV services. "The burden of servicing the 60% debt will also fall on the state government", he said.Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who is expected to visit the city on Friday and Saturday, is likely to share more details of the project, the department officials said. The RRSK will have Rs 5,000 crore from Capital (Budgetary Support), Rs 10,000 crore from the Railway Safety Fund and Rs 5,000 crore from the Railways revenue.
Goyal also said, "Today's budget is not a precursor to 2019 general elections, but it was in line with the previous four budgets we have presented i.e. a budget that is beneficial for the country and its people".
Special allocations for doubling of 90-km railway track in Mumbai and for developing the railway infrastructure in the maximum city alone amounted to Rs 51,000 crore.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the road construction arm of the state government, is planning to construct a 1.8 km six-lane third bridge at Vashi for Rs 777 crore, besides several other flyovers and bridges to ease traffic. "An additional 150km of suburban network is also being planned at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore, including elevated corridors at some sections", he said.
"My target is to have CCTV cameras and Wi-Fi in all trains and all coaches", he said, adding that the government plans to create worldclass modern train sets, including "Train 18" and "Train 20". Goyal said he was mulling the option of inviting private players for the job in a new model of engagement. While announcing the Rail Budget 2018-19, Arun Jaitley stated that all the railway stations in India with over 25,000 footfall per day will have escalators. "Each train will have a capacity to carry 1,800 to 2,000 passengers per trip", Jayachandra revealed. To put the figure in context, this year's revised estimates for earnings is pegged at Rs 1,87,425 crore. It expects this headline number to improve to 92.8 per cent by the end of this fiscal year.