New Delhi: If you travel by train, get ready to lose your pocket as the increased railway fares have come into effect from Monday. The Railways increased passenger fare after a decade.
The fare hike is expected to mop up an additional Rs 6,600 crore annually for the government. The proposals will rake in additional Rs 1, 200 crore between January 21 and March 31 this year, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had said while announcing the decision.

Fare hiked per 500 kms
Sleeper Third AC Second AC First AC
Rs 30 Rs 50
Rs 75
Rs 150

Meanwhile, terming the fare hike as the need of hour, the Committee on Rail Passengers has demanded better facilities for the passengers who are not happy by the decision.

The fare for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto has also been increased. However, it exempted platform tickets from any hike.

As a result of the proposed hike, ordinary Second Class suburban fares for a distance of 35 km will go up by Rs 2 from Rs 8 to Rs 10, while in the non-suburban trains it will go up by Rs 5 for an average distance of 135 km.

In Sleeper Class, the increase would mean a hike of Rs 50 for a distance of 770 km from Rs 270 to Rs 320. In the case of AC Chair Car, for a distance of 387 km, the increase would be Rs 40 from Rs 345 to Rs 385.

In the case of AC Three Tier, for a distance of 717 km, the fare will go up from Rs 724 to Rs 800, an increase of Rs 76.

Similarly, in the case of AC Two Tier, the increase would mean a hike of Rs 48 for a distance of 721 km, while for AC First Class it will be Rs 56 for a distance of 547 km.


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