Sunday, March 31, 2013

Train tickets, freight tariff to be costlier from tomor

Train tickets, freight tariff to be costlier from tomorrow

           Travelling in trains is set to
become costlier from tomorrow as the hike in reservation fee
and superfast charges announced in the Rail Budget come into
effect from April 1
          Besides hike in passenger fares, freight rate for all
commodities will also go up by about 5.7 per cent on Monday.
          The Railways expect to earn Rs 42,210 crore from
passengers traffic and Rs 93,554 crore from goods
transportation in 2013-14

            Though the Railways have not increased basic passenger
fare, it had proposed increase of the reservation fee,
superfast and Tatkal charges. Cancellation and clerkage
charges will also be hiked from April.
            While the cash-strapped Railways were expected to mop up
about Rs 880 crore annually from the latest hike in service
charges on train tickets, the freight rate revision will fetch
Rs 4200 crores for the national transporter in the fiscal
            As per a Railway notification, while reservation fee
for second and sleeper class has not been revised, AC classes
will be dearer by Rs 15 to Rs 25 per ticket.
          Superfast charges have been increased by Rs 10 for
sleeper and second class fare. For AC classes, the hike is
between Rs 15 and Rs 25.
          There are more than two crore passengers travelling daily
on about 11,000 trains in the country.
            Tatkal fee has been increased by 10 per cent of the basic
fare for second class and 30 per cent for all other AC
classes. While cancellation charges have been increased by Rs
10 to Rs 50 per ticket for confirmed tickets, clerkage charge
for cancellation of waiting list and RAC tickets will be
hiked by Rs 5 for sleeper class and Rs 10 for AC class.
            Cancellation and clerkage charges have been hiked to
deter touts from booking bulk tickets in advance, a senior
Railway Ministry official said.
            Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had effected the hike
in the basic passenger fare by 21 per cent before the Rail
Budget in January 22, this year.
            The hike in passenger fare was announced after 10 years
as successive Railway Ministers during that period were not in
favour of increasing fares.
            The cost of fuel and energy went up many times during
that period and it was essential to hike the fares, said the

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