- With rail fare hike in mind, Indian Railways set targets, sneaked in stats showRail fare hike difficult, but correct decision, says FM Arun Jaitley; Congress flays ModiRail fare hike: Narendra Modi's BJP blames Manmohan Singh-led UPA govtPM Narendra Modi govt backtracks, announces partial roll back of rail fare hike in suburban, 2nd class travel
In a partial rollback, the railways on Tuesday announced that the recent hike of 14.2% in passenger fares will not apply to second class suburban journey up to 80 km, a decision that will give relief to lakhs of travellers mainly in metro cities, reports PTI. In a revised order, the national carrier also said that the fare hike in the unreserved segment shall come into force from June 28 and not from Wednesday when the increase was to have been implemented otherwise. The revision to the June 20 notification came hours after MPs from the ruling BJP and ally Shiv Sena hailing from Maharashtra met railway minister Sadananda Gowda and demanded a rollback in the hike. The railways had on June 20 announced the increase in passenger fares and a 6.5% hike in freight rates, that were to come into effect from Wednesday. Congress workers had earlier said they would stage a rail roko to protest against the hike.