New Delhi: Travelling by train will become costlier from Monday as the revised fare structure will come into effect.

Post-hike, passengers will have to shell out Rs 95 more for travelling to Bangalore from Delhi in AC First Class in Rajdhani as railways has increased the fare by about 2 percent for all classes, including Sleeper and AC, from Monday.
    
In Punjab Mail, the AC-1 journey from Ferozpur to Mumbai will cost Rs 75 more.
    
While the AC Second Class journey from the national capital to Mumbai will be dearer by Rs 40 in Rajdhani, a person will be paying Rs 35 more for travelling to Jammu availing the AC-1 service in Jammu Rajdhani.
    
The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journey to commence on or after October 7. However, there is no increase in the second class tickets in suburban trains and monthly season tickets.
    
Facing an additional burden of about Rs 1,200 crore due to the increased diesel and electricity cost, Railways has decided to revise the passenger and freight tariff, linking it with fuel adjustment component (FAC).
    
The introduction of FAC in the passenger and freight tariff was proposed by former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi in the Rail Budget 2012-13.
    
"The decision to revise tariff was taken due to the increased cost of input in the last six months. There has been an increase of 7.3 percent in the fuel charge, while electricity cost has gone up by 15.5 percent," a senior Railway Ministry official said.
    
The 2 percent passenger fare hike, second time in a year, will come into effect from October 7, while a similar hike of about 1.7 percent in freight would be in effect from October 10 under the FAC.
    
Railways had earlier introduced the FAC-linked freight tariff increase by 5.7 percent in April, followed by the busy season charge by 15 percent from October 1.
    
In the passenger service, Railways had increased the fare by about 15 percent on January 22 before the Rail Budget 2013-14.
    
The hike in passenger and freight tariff would help Railways mop up about Rs 1,250 crore in the last six months of the current fiscal, the official said.

Jayalalithaa demands rollback of railway fares

Describing the revision of railway fares as unjustifiable, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said that the latest proposal would put an additional financial burden of about Rs 1,150 crore on the people and demanded its immediate 'rollback.’
    
The Railways has decided to increase the passenger fare and freight tariff by about two percent from Monday to offset the financial burden arising out of increased input cost.
    
"For the next six months about Rs 1,150 crore financial burden has been placed on people through the revision of railway fares. Through this, low and middle income groups will suffer more. I strongly condemn the proposal to increase the fares and urge the Centre for its rollback", she said in a release.
    
Referring to the early practice of revising fuel prices every six months, she said that the Union Government has subsequently led (the oil marketing companies) to revise it every month.
    
Similarly, the practice of hiking railway fares every two years has been revised to every six months, she said, adding, "This is a betrayal to the common man."
    
She alleged that if the UPA government had prevented various scams like the 2G Spectrum scam, Coal scam and Commonwealth Games scam, revising fuel prices for every month may have been ‘avoided.’
    
"At a time when the price of essential commodities are increasing and fuel prices have been hiked, how far is it justifiable for the Centre, to revise the price of Railway fares?," she asked.

(Agencies)

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