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Railway ticket fares hiked, more pinch to common man

According to notifications, Railways has decided to marginally affect an increase in price only over the non-suburban sections

New Delhi: On Tuesday Indian Railways announced a fare hike in ticket across its network from 01 January 2020. The increased fare will not be applicable in the suburban train services of the national transporter. The fare hike will be implemented in many categories of the services provided by Indian Railways.

The Railway Ministry after issuing an order said that while suburban fares remain unchanged, ordinary non-AC, non-suburban fares hiked by 1 paise per km of journey.

The Railway ministry also announced a two paise/km hike in fares of mail/express non-AC trains and four paise/km hike in the price of the AC category.

In a statement, the Ministry said that in order to expand passenger services and facilities at various railway stations and trains, it has become crucial to increase the fare marginally without overburdening any category of passengers.

Modernization of the Indian Railway will be achieved fast through this fare revision. According to notifications, Railways has decided to marginally affect an increase in price only over the non-suburban sections.

The affordability is taken into consideration of daily commuters, there shall be no fare hike for passengers over suburban sections and season ticket holders. This category constitutes 66% of the total passenger segment over Indian railways.

Current charges of train services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Vande Bharat, Tejas, Humsafar, Mahamana, Gatimaan, Antyodaya, Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Rajya Rani, Yuva Expresses, Suvidha and special trains on special charges, AC MEMU (non-suburban), AC DEMU (non-suburban), etc shall similarly be revised to the extent of the proposed increase in fares. In the Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani which covers a distance of 1,447 km, the hike at the rate of 4 paise per km will be around 58.

According to the notification, there will not be any change in the reservation fee and rapid charge and the hike in fares will not be applicable to tickets already booked.

  •  Ordinary Non-AC classes: Fare increase by 01 paisa/km
  •  Mail/Exp Non-AC classes: Fare increase by 02 paise/km

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