Very soon we will have Railway budget. What it should be? Here is the ideal Railway budget.
1. Increase passenger fares across the board by 20%.
2. Increase suburban fares by 30%.
3. Analyze the utilization of section capacity and sanction doubling/ quadrupling accordingly.
4. Move toward complete privatization of goods terminals.
Railway passenger fares have not been increased for last ten years. This has put great strain on Railway finances. We should make a start to bring Rail fares equal to bus fares for equal distances.
Goods customers have to deal with corrupt bureaucrats, and most shift to trucks wherever possible. Goods terminals should be privatized. That is Railway should maintain track and wagons, and should charge the goods terminal owners for the use of the same who would sell the product, that is, the carrying capacity of Railway.