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Kanika Manocha, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
To manifold the satisfaction quotient of the consumers, railway budget stressed to improve the travel experience of each traveler. With a vision to see railways free from capacity constraints, higher train speed, increased punctuality and better safety measure, Suresh Prabhu announced the plan to improve passenger amenities.
The railway budget focused to strengthen three pillars for making railways a backbone for overall development of India- Employment generation for economic growth, enriching customer experience and overcoming its previous challenges. Making stations safer by CCTV surveillance, inclusion of more trains for unreserved category, e-catering facilities, 24*7 helpline for women and a long list was promised by railway minister during his budget.
Being one of the most strong strategy pillar of the government sector, railways have always shown tremendous growth in making the travel experience better for its customers. Although there have been many criticisms regarding the budget tailing on the fact that nothing new except for bio-toilets was included in this year budget. In order to bring cheer to the common man the railway budget showed no hike in travel fares except for the special trains for niche segment.
While some calling it a complete disappointment and a saga of hollow promises, railway minister said that they have always stood on their promises and worked for the betterment of the railway sector. With rhetoric bureaucracy, let’s hope that the new budget brings some good to the common man.