Additional freight loading of 20 million tonnes over the loading of 390 million tonnes in 1995-96.
Passenger traffic estimated to grow by 4 per cent.
Gross Traffic Receipts at existing fare and freight rates estimated at Rs.23873 cr. Higher by Rs.488 cr. than the Interim Budget 1996-97.
Ordinary Working Expenses estimated at Rs.16423 cr. An increase of Rs.1833 cr. over the Revised Estimates 1995-96. The increase is mainly to cover the cost of inputs for incremental traffic, likely increase in prices, increase in Dearness Allowance, and higher lease charges to IRFC.
Appropriation to DRF - Rs.2000 cr.
Appropriation to Pension Fund raised to Rs.3150 cr. from Rs.2350 cr. in Interim Budget 1996-97. This includes an amount of Rs.1000 cr. temporarily provided in this fund for likely payments on account of Fifth Pay Commission recommendations.
Total Working Expenses works out to Rs.21573 cr. Net Traffic Receipts comes to Rs.2300 cr. and Net Miscellaneous Receipts Rs.276 cr.
Net Railway Revenue comes to Rs.2576 cr.
Dividend of Rs.1587 cr. to be paid to General Revenues.
'Excess' comes to Rs.989 cr.
Rs.350 cr. to be spent on works chargeable to Development Fund.
Thus, Rs.639 cr. are left for appropriation to Capital Fund against the requirement of Rs.1716 cr.
Rs.150 cr. to be withdrawn from the balance of Capital Fund. Thus, there is a gap of Rs.927 cr.