Traveling in trains has become costlier from today as the Railways on Tuesday announced a hike in ticket price across its network from January 1. The fare hike will be implemented in various categories of the services provided by the Railway department.
This apart, the Railways also announced a two paise per km hike in fares of mail or express non-AC trains and four paise per km hike in the fares of AC classes.
Moreover, premium trains, including Shatabdi, Rajdhani, and Duronto trains are included in the fare hike list.
According to a statement released by the Railway Ministry, there has been a steady up-gradation and expansion of amenities, both off-board, and on-board.
The Indian Railways has continuously endeavored to augment passenger experience through the modernization of coaches and the provision of improved facilities over stations.
"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. Fast modernization of Indian Railway will be achieved through this fare revision," the statement reads.
In order to expand passenger amenities and facilities at Railway stations and in trains, it has become imperative to increase the train fare marginally without over burdening any class of passengers. Fast modernization of Indian Railway will be achieved through this fare revision pic.twitter.com/OXBEq0PSdl— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) December 31, 2019
Accordingly, Railways has decided to marginally affect an increase in fare only over the non-suburban sections. 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 percent of the total passenger segment over Indian railways.
Here is the revised fare:
According to the order, there will not be any change in the reservation fee and superfast charge and the hike in fares will not be applicable to tickets already booked.
Also Read: Railways announces fare hike effective from tomorrow