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Indian Railways Have No Proposal To Increase Ticket Fare, Government Confirms

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| December 27 , 2017 , 17:31 IST

The national transporter of India, Indian Railways is not planning to increase the ticket fare for the passengers, at least not until a proper proposal is presented to the authorities. The government clarified to Parliament on Wednesday that Railways has yet to receive any such proposal.

Minister of State of Railways Rajen Gohain expressed through a written reply that Indian Railways has seen a rapid increase in passenger traffic of 0.68 percent along with a rise of 0.99 percent between Delhi and Mumbai during April- November 2017 in comparison to the corresponding period last year.

Post being queried about passenger traffic, special trains and their fares, Gohain clarified that Indian Railways run these special trains during peak seasons, festivals and special events to clear the extra rush of passengers while keeping the pattern of traffic, commercial justification, operational feasibility and availability of resources in view.

He said, "Special trains on special charges are introduced based on demand pattern. They run over and above the scheduled time-tabled trains and are charged at the rate of 10 percent of basic fare for the second class for reserved accommodation and 30 percent of basic fare for all other classes, subject to minimum and maximum."

The minister clarified that railways run Suvidha trains according to the demand pattern and the minimum fare of such services equals that of Tatkal fare which is applicable for the class of accommodation for initial 20 percent of berths and thereafter increases the fare for subsequent slabs of 20 percent of seats/berths booked subject to maximum three times of Tatkal fare.

Gohain added that the fares of these special trains have been kept higher as special efforts like monitoring of waiting list position of each and every train, the arrangement of rakes and coaches, required staff at short notice are required for running of these services.

The operational cost of running passenger train services is increasing every year whereas the fare is highly subsidised. Replying to the query questioning government's plan to increase the passenger fares, he said, "At present, there is no such proposal."