Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rs 20 hike in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto fares likely

Rs 20 hike in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto fares likely
 Another round of fare hike in
premier trains looks imminent with Railways revising food
tariffs for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains.
 "It will be a minor hike ranging between Rs 15 and Rs 20
for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto passengers after the
revision of catering charges of the premier trains," a top
Railway official involved with the decision making process
 The revision will be announced shortly and the hike will
be implemented as soon as the software is updated accordingly,
the official said.
 Once the revision is announced, fares of premier trains
will witness hike for the second time after the latest
increase on January 22.
 Food tariff was revised for mail and express trains last
month after 10 years, but it did not include catering services
of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.
 Passengers in premier trains are entitled to meals and
snacks for which charges are included in the price of the
 Railway Ministry had constituted a committee to study and
suggest revision of tariff and menu of standard meals in
premier and other mail and Express trains.
 "The decision to revise the tariff was taken after
examining the committee's recommendations as well as
suggestions from the Railway Board," the official said.
 Cash-strapped Railways has announced a slew of measures
to improve catering services in all trains. While some items
like cold drinks and chocolates are to be removed from the
menu of premier trains, ice creams and curd will be supplied
from reputed brands only.
 "We are working out details which include changes in the
menu in Rajdhani and other premier trains with the aim to
provide good quality food to passengers," he said.

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