2,376 railway stations lack passenger amenities: Government
Revealing the current status of railways in the country, the government has stated that around 2,376 railway stations lack minimum essential amenities for passengers. As many as 2,376 out of 8,472 railway stations have shortfall in amenities, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told Lok Sabha.
The government has increased the budgetary allocation for providing facilities to passengers, he said. “Minimum essential amenities are provided at stations on Indian Railways as per norms. However, shortfall in amenities occur due to upward revision in scale of amenities at various categories of stations,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a written reply.
The Ministry has issued guidelines for provision of passenger amenities at stations through utilisation of funds under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and MPLADS (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) to supplement efforts to improve the amenities.
Railway stations are classified into seven categories based on annual earnings from passenger traffic at the stations and amenities are provided as per norms based on the categorization of the station. The current categorization is based on the earnings of 2011-12 and the exercise is carried out every five years. Prabhu said shortfall in amenities mainly exist at category D stations (11 percent), category E (59.1 percent), F (14.2 percent) categories of stations, which account for about 84 percent of total stations having shortfall in amenities.