Railway minister Suresh Prabhu today presented the Railway Budget for 2016-17. Emphasizing on technology, he said 8.5 lakh crore will be spent over the next 5 years for modernization of railway infrastructure.
The tech highlights in the railway budget include:
- Social Media will be used to bring transparency.
- Intend to commission Wi-Fi services at 100 stations this year, 400 by next year, Ties Up With Google
- GPS services will be built inside coaches; E-booking of tickets facility on the concessional passes available to journalists.
- Toilets will be cleaned via sms request.
- Entertainment screens, automatic doors will be installed.
- A pilot of Bar-coded tickets will be introduced.
- Railways contemplating on using drones and GPS for monitoring physically remote projects.
- To enhance security, camera surveillance will be installed in all stations in phases.
- Tickets can be cancelled via phone calls.
- 1,780 automatic ticketing machines, will be installed.
- Invite FM radio stations to provide train-borne entertainment via public address systems.
- Anti-collision device on all high density networks by next year.
Too ambitious or is it the right time?
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