Residents of Chandigarh had high expectations from Rail Budget 2016-17. A number of demands were made and even our city MP Kirron Kher had written to the Railway Minister in regard to what Chandigarh citizens want prior to the compilation of the budget. As the budget was presented in the parliament yesterday, no major announcement was made for Chandigarh except a few normal ones.
The rail budget 2016 has gathered a mixed response from Chandigarh residents. Some are happy with the new facilities that have been announced but others are unhappy as no new train has been announced and even the existing ones have not been extended till Chandigarh. Here are the highlights of rail budget 2016 for Chandigarh and the announcements that have been made for Chandigarh Railway Station.
Rail Budget 2016-17 – Chandigarh Highlights
- Chandigarh Railway Station to get Wi-Fi.
Chandigarh Railway Station is one of the 100 stations announced in Rail Budget 2016 that will get free wi-fi. It has been stated that the facility of wi-fi at Chandigarh Railway Station would be available from July 2016. In order to use wi-fi, a user will have to text his PNR number to Indian Railways and a one time password would be sent to the user. The user will be able to use wi-fi for 30 minutes.
- Chandigarh Yamunanagar Railway Line
A budget of Rs. 25 Crore has been sanctioned to lay a new railway line between Chandigarh & Yamunanagar. The track will be laid via Sadhaura and Naraingarh. The total length of this new track will be 91 kilometres.
- Chandigarh Baddi Railway Line
A budget of Rs. 160 Crore has been sanctioned to make a rail link between Chandigarh and Baddi. The distance between Chandigarh and Baddi by road is 48 kilometres. But the new rail link will help industries in the region to transport their goods in a better way.
Rail Budget 2016 live at Chandigarh Railway Station
A large number of people had gathered around the LED screens at Chandigarh railway station to watch the live telecast of Rail Budget 2016. It was a sight similar to what used to be during India-Pakistan cricket matches. People were excited to know what the new budget has for them.
The announcement of no fare hike was the major relief for everyone and people liked the new amenities which have been introduced. Overall, the rail budget 2016 did not have anything big for Chandigarh but had few good things for the common man.
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