Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hike in railway fares pinches pockets of passengers across India

Dear Comrades,

New Delhi, Apr. 1 (ANI): Passengers across India on Monday expressed their disappointment with the Central Government's decision to increase the reservation charges of railway tickets and other supplementary charges, which would eventually hike railway fare prices.

Locals in Kolkata said that they were already reeling under the burden of rising prices of food products and this hike in railway fare would put pressure on them.

"This increase in railway fares is creating a lot of problem for us. Not just railway fare but prices of all the products are increasing everyday and hence either it is youngsters or senior citizens, but everybody is suffering," said Rahul Jha, a local.

"Prices of food items like rice, pulses, sugar, petrol and now rail fares, all prices are increasing. So, where will the common man go?" he asked.

Passengers in Tamil Nadu's Chennai city said that the common man would bear the brunt of this hike in supplementary charges.

"Common people will definitely suffer as it will definitely affect their travelling, time and price list," said Suresh a local.

The railway passengers in the national capital demanded that the government should take back the hike in these fares.

"They should bring the fares back down. They have increased the reservation charges, they have increased the cancellation charges but they must take these fares back," said Neha Jindal, a passenger in New Delhi.

Passengers in Bhopal lashed out at the UPA Government over his anti-people move.

"This will hurt the middle class as the common man cannot fulfill their daily needs," said Ashok Parsai, a local.

Meanwhile, Raje Khan, a railway employee, said the reservation prices for superfast trains have increased by Rs. 15 to 20 and cancellation charges have also increased by Rs. five.

"This has been implemented from today and the public must pay it," he added, while talking to the media in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur city.

Travelling in trains has become costlier from today as the hike in reservation fee and superfast charges announced in the Rail Budget come into effect from today, April 1. 

Besides hike in passenger fares, freight rate for all commodities will also go up by about 5.7 per cent. 

Reservation fee for AC classes has been raised by 15 to 25 rupees per ticket, while reservation fee for second and sleeper class has remained unchanged. 

Superfast charges have been increased by five rupees for second class and 10 rupees for sleeper class while in AC classes, the hike is in between 15 and 25 rupees. 

On the other hand, 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. 

Cancellation charges, have been increased by 10 to 50 rupees per confirmed ticket in second class to AC classes, charges for cancellation of waiting list and RAC tickets have been raised by 5 to 10 rupees.

The enhanced reservation fee which is levied on tickets booked for journeys originating from other than the ticket booking stations like return tickets, onward journey tickets etc. is also being withdrawn for tickets issued on or after April 1, 2013. 

(ANI) Newstrackindia.com
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