Indian Railways effects a nominal hike in passenger fares

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From today, 1st January 2020, your train journey will be costlier. The Indian Railways has announced a hike in passenger fares effective 1st January, raising journey costs by 1-4 paise per kilometre in different classes.

“In order to expand passenger amenities and facilities at Railway stations and in trains, it has become imperative to increase the train fare marginally without overburdening any class of passengers. Fast modernization of Indian Railway will be achieved through this fare revision.” Ministry of Railways said in a tweet. The last fare revision was done in 2014-15.

Here is all you need to know about the train fare hike effective from 1st Jan 2020

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1) For all AC classes, the hike is 4 paise per kilometre travelled.

2) All non-AC classes and the unreserved segment will see a 1 paisa per kilometre hike.

3) On long-distance mail/express trains, the hike will be 2 paise per kilometre.

4) Railways have decided to keep the fares of the suburban classes unchanged.

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5) The fare hike is also applicable to premium trains such as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto, according to the order.

6) According to the order, there will not be any change in the reservation fee and superfast charge.

7) The increase in fare will be on tickets bought on or after 1 January 2020 and no excess fare (difference of fare) will be charged from passengers who have booked tickets before this date.

8) The hike will have no effect on the catering charges.

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9) After today’s fare hike, the journey from Delhi-Kolkata, which covers a distance of 1,447 km, the hike at the rate of 4 paise per km will be around ₹58 in AC classes on Rajdhani-type trains.

10) “In order to expand passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations and trains, it has become imperative to increase the fare marginally without overburdening any class of passengers. Fast modernization of Indian Railways will be achieved through this fare revision,” the railways in a statement said.

(This article was published on Live Mint and posted here without any change in the text, only the headline has been changed.)

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