Budget 2017: Government calls for an all-party meeting, to discuss policies including fencing off busy Railway routes

Fencing of the Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai railway routes, the formation of the Railway Holding Company, and adequate fund allocation for strengthening tracks and bridges will be the highlights of the proposals in the upcoming Budget 2017-18, officials have said.

Budget 2017: Government calls for an all-party meeting, to discuss policies including fencing off busy Railway routes

The Central government on Monday called an all-party meeting ahead of the budget session and the Lok Sabha Speaker also called for a similar meeting at 7 pm.

The Narendra Modi-led government is set to present its fourth Budget in the coming session of Parliament starting February 1.

Fencing of the Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai railway routes, the formation of the Railway Holding Company, and adequate fund allocation for strengthening tracks and bridges will be the highlights of the proposals in the upcoming Budget 2017-18, officials have said.


The Railway Budget merged with the General Budget and it will have two-page mention of railways’ upcoming activities, including major projects, expenditure and revenue targets for the next fiscal.

Railways have started its ambitious project to fasten up train movement in the busy corridors and undertaken a strenuous task of fencing off the Delhi- Howrah and Delhi0-Mumbair routes at price of about  Rs 45 lakh per km to run trains at 160 km per hour.

According to ABP News, fencing off the entire route is essential for running trains at  160 km per hour which can be later upped to 200 km per hour.

ABP News quoted a senior Railways Ministry official as saying the move as a paradigm shift for the rail network development and added that fencing is crucial for preventing trespassing and cattle movement to make sure high speed and safety and it will have an important mention in the budget papers.

The child rights organisation Child Rights and You (CRY) has raised voice for an increased funding to ensure child welfare in the upcoming budget citing the "constant decline” in budgetary allocation for children and malnourishment.

They have also demanded the backing of child safety measures by a “financial memorandum”, to ensure proper implementation of schemes.