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Railways announces fare hike effective from today

Railways announces fare hike effective from today

While suburban fares remain unchanged, ordinary non-AC, non-suburban fares were increased by 1 paise per km of travel.

While suburban fares remain unchanged, ordinary non-AC, non-suburban deliveries were raised by 1 paise per km of travel.

The railways also declared a two paise/km hike in fares of mail/express non-AC four and trains paise/km hike in the deliveries of AC classes.

The fare hike can be applicable to superior trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto, according to the purchase.

At the Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani, that covers a distance of 1,447 km, the increase at the speed of 4 paise per km will be approximately Rs 58.

According to the order, there won’t be any alteration in the booking fee and superfast charge along with the increase in fares won’t be related to tickets already reserved.

The final such hike was declared in 2014-2015 when fares of classes of trains were raised by 14.2 percent and freight charges by 6.5 per cent. However, since then, the railways introduced the flexi-fare strategy which significantly raised fares on select trains and launched trains such as Vande Bharat Express and Tejas Express which have comparatively higher fares. Trains with dynamic pricing such as Suvidha Express were also introduced.

The railways in an announcement said the earnings generated from the”marginal” growth in fare will be used for the modernisation of their network.

“Indian Railways has always endeavored to fortify passenger experience via modernization of coaches and provision of enhanced facilities over channels. Further, the burden of 7th Pay Commission on Indian Railway has necessitated rationalization of fares.

“To be able to expand passenger comforts and facilities in various railway stations and trains, it has become imperative to raise the fare marginally without over burdening any type of passengers. Fast modernization of Indian Railways will be accomplished by means of this fare revision,” it stated.

Additionally, it said that the suburban passengers have been left from the increase maintaining the”affordability concerns of daily commuters”. This course constitutes 66 per cent of total passenger segment of their railways.

The rise in fare will be on tickets bought on or after January 1, 2020 and no excess fare (gap of fare) will be charged from passengers who have reserved tickets before this date.

The hike is going to have no influence on the catering charges, officials said.