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Rail passenger fare hiked by 14.2 per cent


TrainNew Delhi:  In an unpopular decision, railway passenger fare was today increased by 14.2 per cent in all classes while freight charge was hiked by 6.5 per cent with effect from today.

The decision of the Railways today restores an announcement of May 16, the day Lok Sabha election results came, when the same hike was effected but immediately put on hold.

The Railways had then issued a notification effecting hike in passenger fare by 14.2 per cent across the board and freight charges by 6.5 per cent from May 20. This was followed up with an official press release.

The May 16 fare hike decision, which had raised eyebrows as it came in the midst of Lok Sabha election results, led to a scurry of activities in Rail Bhawan on that day and the Railway Board went into a huddle to discuss its fallout.

Soon after, the red-faced Railway Ministry had put the decision on hold, saying the matter related to the revision will be left to the next government.

The then Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge came out with a statement directing the Board to leave the decision on the hike to the new government.

“It is now informed that under the directions of the Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge, the decision on the proposed hike in the freight charges and passenger fares have been kept pended till further advice for placing this proposal before the new government,” the statement said.

A fresh notification was issued later, stating that the “revision of fares with effect from May 20 should be pended till further advice.”

Fares chart of Rajdhanis Express trains

Coach           Existing fare                  Revised fare        
                    Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani
AC 3 Rs 1514   Rs 1728
AC 2 Rs 2197 Rs 2508
AC 1 Rs 3813   Rs 4354
                 Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani
AC 3 Rs 1416 Rs 1617
AC 2 Rs 2064 Rs 2357
AC-1  Rs 3567 Rs 4073
                 Delhi-Chennai Rajdhani
AC 3 Rs 1856 Rs 2119
AC 2 Rs 2740 Rs 3129
AC-1 Rs 4755 Rs 5430 (rpt) 5430
                Delhi-Bangalore Rajdhani
AC 3 Rs 1924 Rs 2197
AC 2 Rs 2864 Rs 3270
AC 1 Rs 4989 Rs 5697

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