Six reasons why the NDA rolled back fare hike decision for Mumbai local trains

Here are the reasons why the rail fare hike has become such a major concern for the Shiv Sena.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2014 10:19 pm
Here are the reasons why the rail fare hike has become such a major concern for the Shiv Sena. Here are the reasons why the rail fare hike has become such a major concern for the Shiv Sena.

After mounting pressure on the Narendra Modi government over rail fare hike, the  railways announced that the hike in rail fares will not apply to second class suburban trains for travel up to 80 km. However, the NDA government’s decision on railway fare hike has hit the Shiv Sena roadblock in Maharashtra. Following the opposition from the second largest and oldest NDA constituent, the government is expected to roll back the fare hike for Mumbai locals.

A senior Shiv Sena leader has, reportedly, talked to Union Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda, and the party has also expressed its displeasure over the hike decision through its mouthpiece, Saamna.

Here are the reasons why the rail fare hike has become such a major concern for the Shiv Sena, in connection with the Mumbai suburban trains, and why it matters a lot:

1. The monthly season ticket from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Kalyan currently costs Rs 245. But after the hike, the cost of the MST has shot up to Rs 495, bringing apparent displeasure to the people of Mumbai and the Shiv Sena.

2. The validity of a monthly season ticket is 30 days, of which railway charges for 15 days, and the next 15 are subsidised. Following the revision of fare, the MST charges for 30 journeys.

3. The railway is expected to earn as much as Rs 902 crore from the hike in the MST cost.

4. Suburban services are a major wing of railways, as it earns not less than Rs 2000 crore from the same.

5. More than half – 53% – of the total passengers of railways use suburban train services.

6. As much as 6 per cent will be the total earnings from suburban services in passenger segment after the rail fare hike.

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    Girish
    Jun 24, 2014 at 8:27 am
    why raise the ticket price for daily commuters so much that they resort to ticket-less travel?
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    shyam
    Jun 24, 2014 at 6:46 am
    THOUGH ALL MPS WERE CONGRESS PRIOR HERETO NONE OF THEM CARED FOR PENGERS OF LOCAL TRAINS AND PRESENTLY ALL MPS ARE NDA- IF THEY HAVE TO GET ELECTED THEIR RAILWAY MINISTER NEED TO BE FAIR AND REASONABLE THAN ARBITRARILY INCREASING FARES. THE MINISTER SHOULD THINK OF OTHER VENUES WHICH ARE OPEN AND TRY TO BE REASONABLE TO COMMUTERS
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    John Dsouza
    Jun 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm
    Due to Maharashtra embly election around the corner, not SS its plain arithmetic.
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    RP
    Jun 25, 2014 at 7:01 am
    Rollback was expected. The raise was almost double.I feel the Govt did this to divert the attention from the railway fare hike of 14.2%. Nobody is protesting this. Protest was only for suburban in Mumbai. The hike is anyway required. Somebody has to pay. Railways should start having profit centres everywhere. This will give a clear picture of the division making profits and loss. Mumbai trains are always crowded. Mumabikars feel they are paying enough for the services. they will want to know how much loss/profit railways are making.The Govt should spellout a clear fare policy. They should say there will be yearly hike in line with inflation on April 1.
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    Sunil Shah
    Jun 24, 2014 at 8:17 am
    NDA made fool of indian people, this people will never give relief to poor people
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    Lucas B
    Jun 25, 2014 at 8:12 am
    Commuters should pay for the services they use. BJP is providing subsidy to gain votes.
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