Your money: A look at how the Railways fare hike will pinch your pocket

Jan 10 2013, 09:20 IST
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Railways fares were hiked for the first time in 10 years.  (Reuters) Railways fares were hiked for the first time in 10 years. (Reuters)
SummaryRailways fares were hiked for the first time in 10 years. Here's how it will hit your pocket.

Three-Tier ticket to Dibrugarh in Assam from New Delhi will now cost Rs 1,982 instead of Rs 1,674.

In Shatabdi Express, an AC Chair Car ticket from New Delhi to Lucknow will cost Rs 576 instead of Rs 526, following a hike of Rs 50.

Travelling to Bhopal from the national Capital on a Shatabdi will now cost Rs 715, following a hike of Rs 68.

Travelling on a Duronto Express in AC Three Tier between Mumbai and Howrah will now cost Rs 1,561 instead of Rs 1,373.

Similarly, a travel from Sealdah to New Delhi on an AC Three Tier ticket in Duronto will now cost Rs 1,285, following a hike of Rs 149.

A travel from Pune to Nizamuddin (Delhi) will be dearer by Rs 150, as the ticket now will cost Rs 1,311 instead of the present Rs 1,161.

Railway unions endorse fare hike, but passengers unhappy

Vijayawada (AP): Railway trade unions today welcomed the decision to hike fares of all classes from midnight of January 21, but passengers expressed dismay.

All India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF) and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) have been demanding the railway ministry to increase fares to meet the deficit and also warned of a grave financial disaster in case the ministry fails to do so.

P S Charan, General Secretary, South Central Railway Mazdoor Union, affiliated to the AIRF and Venkata Subbaiah, General Secretary, South Central Railway Employees' Sangh, affiliated to the NFIR called the fare hike "a welcome step".

They said that the Railways is facing a financial crisis and is unable to meet day-to-day requirements, adding that many projects and recruitment of employees have been kept pending due to lack of funds.

Charan said that the present hike is not sufficient and the government should allocate Rs 15,000 crores to improve infrastructure and take up new projects.

He added that the government should consider that the Railways is the economy's engine of the growth and neglecting it would have an adverse effect.

On the other hand, travellers expressed unhappiness with over the decision. After being burdened with hike in prices of essential commodities, power tariff and other things, the fare hike is an additional burden on the common man, they said.

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