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Highlights of Rail Budget 2006-07

February 24, 2006 13:10 IST

Following are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2006-07 presented by Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday:

No increase in passenger fares

No increase in freight rates

AC First Class fares down by 18 per cent

AC Second Class fares down by 10 per cent

Diesel, petrol freight charges down by 8 per cent

Dynamic pricing policy for freight introduced

30% discount during non-peak, 20% in peak season on incremental freight

55 new trains, 37 trains extended

50 per cent concession in fares to farmers, milk producers

50 per cent concession to handicapped people

'Jansadharan Ticket Booking Scheme' to be launched

'Gramin Ticket Booking Service' for rural youth

Fully AC 'Garib Rath' to run on a pilot project basis

Fares in 'Garib Rath' to be 25 per cent lower than AC-III tier.

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