“It’s repetitive…,” he said pointing out the IT provisions being talked about now that were actually introduced by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi a long time ago. “It would have been good had he done something in the nine months of his government,” Bansal said.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the 2015 rail budget as a “watershed” moment for Indian Railways as it is “forward looking, futuristic and passenger-centric budget”.
The rail budget promises 9 more high-speed trains, faster speed of existing trains, Wi-Fi in 400 stations, user-friendly ladders to mount upper berths, easier norms for unreserved tickets, 17,000 bio-toilets in trains, better connectivity in north-east, and cameras for safety of women travellers.
Modi appreciated that the rail fares for common passengers remained unchanged.“It stands out for its focus on the common man, putting speed, scale, service and safety, all on one track,” he added.