After the proposed 14.2 per cent hike in rail fares, which will be effective from June 25, a chair car ticket in the morning Shatabdi Express from Chandigarh to Delhi will cost Rs 616, against Rs 540 now, while the fare of the executive class will go up from Rs 1,070 to Rs 1,221.94.
In the evening Shatabdi, the ticket of the Chandigarh-Delhi journey by chair car would cost Rs 713.74 against Rs 625 at present.
The hike consists of a 10 per cent increase in fares of all classes, and a 4.2 per cent increase in the Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC). Besides the fares, the government has also increased freight charges by 6.5 per cent.
“We have never come across such a big hike in rail fares since the time when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Railway Minister. This is an indication from the new government what all is coming next,” said Balbir Singh, one of the passengers at the Chandigarh Railway Station.
A student from Delhi who studies at DAV College, Sector 10, said, “There are so many students who have come here from far-off places to study and they have to visit home. For me, Delhi is only a three-hour journey, which is why I prefer going back home almost every weekend but now I will have to curtail my visits.”