The IR budget now lies buried inside the much heftier general budget. But we still need to examine and report on what is prime in IR plans and how the numbers are working out: hence the ‘hopes and hoopla’ banner. We have input comments from 12 rail inkedexperts, ranging from an ex IR Chairman to Director, IIM Bengaluru. On the urban transport front, we have a contribution from CEO, UITP on the light rail options for better urban transport. The industry segment features report on the BOXNS wagon, Aikon, Frauscher and Harting.