Indian Railways rationalizes passenger fares

The railways has announced a marginal fare hike across its network effective from today. The suburban fares remain unchanged, while ordinary non-AC, non-suburban fares were increased by one paise per kilometre of the journey. The railways also announced a two paise per kilometre hike in fares of mail and express non-AC trains and four paise per kilometre hike in the fares of AC classes.

Keeping the affordability concerns of daily commuters, there shall be no fare hike for passengers over suburban sections and season ticket holders. This class constitutes 66 per cent of total passenger segment over Indian railways. Last fare revision over Indian Railways was done in 2014-15.

The Ministry said, Railways has continuously endeavoured to augment passenger experience through modernization of coaches and provision of improved facilities over stations. It said, in order to expand passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations and trains, it has become imperative to increase the fare marginally without overburdening any class of passengers. The fare hike is also applicable to premium trains such as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto.

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