“India must decide whether it wants a world-class railway or a ramshackled one. The Railway Minister has taken a difficult but a correct decision,” Jaitley posted on his Facebook page on Saturday.

“Railway Minister DS Sadananda Gowda has taken a challenging decision. The choice before Shri Gowda was whether to allow the Railways to bleed and eventually walk into a debt trap by following the policy of the UPA government or implement the decision which the UPA government had taken to increase the fares for both passenger and freight but did not have the courage to implement . A loss making railway will provide below-par services. It will eventually not even have the resources to pay its’ bill,” he added.

Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre on Friday hiked rail fares by 14.2 percent and freight charges by 6.5 percent. The decision, which will come into effect from June 25 and apply on basic fare, comes nearly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country should be ready for ‘tough decisions’.

Due to the hike, a passenger will now have to shell out Rs 4,354 for a journey between Delhi and Kolkata by AC-I on Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani instead of Rs 3,813.
    
Travel by AC-II on the same train will cost Rs 2,508 instead of Rs 2,197. It will cost Rs 1,728 instead of Rs 1,514 by AC-I.
    
The journey between Delhi and Mumbai by Rajdhani will cost Rs 4,073 instead of Rs 3,567 in AC-I, Rs 2,357 instead of Rs 2,064 in AC-II and Rs 1,617 instead of Rs 1,416 in AC-III.
    
The travel between Delhi and Chennai by Delhi-Chennai Rajdhani will now cost Rs 4,673 instead of Rs 5,430 in AC-I, Rs 3,129 instead of Rs 2,740 in AC-II and Rs 2,119 instead of Rs 1,856 in AC-III.

(JPN)

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