Partial rollback: Hike in fares will not apply to suburban trains for travel up to 80 km, says Railways

Railways also said that the fare hike in the unreserved segment shall come into force from June 28 as against June 25.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2014 9:25 pm
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said Gowda assured them of a "positive" decision on their demand. (Source: Express Photo) BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said Gowda assured them of a “positive” decision on their demand. (Source: Express Photo)

In a partial rollback, the Railways on Tuesday announced that the recent hike of 14.2 per cent in passenger fares will not apply to second class suburban journey upto 80 kms, a decision that will give relief to lakhs of travellers mainly in metro cities.

In a revised order, the Railways also said that the fare hike in the unreserved segment shall come into force from June 28 as against June 25 when the increase will be implemented otherwise. Railways also gave some relief to monthly pass holders by reverting to 15, instead of 30, the number of trips for which they will have to make payment for travelling unlimited times in a month.

The revision to the June 20 notification came hours after the MPs from ruling NDA belonging to Maharashtra met Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda and demanded a rollback in the hike. Cash-strapped railways had announced on June 20 an increase of 14.2 per cent in passenger fares and 6.5 per cent in freight rates, just three weeks before the presentation of the Rail Budget. The revised rates will come into effect from tomorrow.

“There shall be no increase in second class suburban ordinary fare upto 80 kms,” said a Railway notification issued today. This will give relief to lakhs of people travelling daily in metros like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi. As per the other amendment, the monthly season ticket (MST) holders will now have to make payment for 15 trips for travelling unlimited times during a month.

The Railways had earlier said that the pass holders will have to make payment for 30 days. However, the hike of 14.2 per cent in the fares will apply to the MST.

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    Joseph R Stephen
    Jun 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm
    But after winning elections they will raise again by 20%.First let them drop the plans to buy private JETS for the BJP CM who is planning to buy one.
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      naidu kare
      Jun 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm
      All the BJP supporters said HIKE is a must to improve the nation. Now why selective concession? Is it merely for political gains in maharashtra or is the government sincere in what it is doing? If the hike is just as Jaitley said, come what may they should have gone ahead. Is it coalition Dharma/drama again that the country is witnessing??
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        Rathindra Chatterjee
        Jun 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm
        It is good news .Have other than BJP MP's demand/request would be consider properly?NO NEVER?
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          Vijay
          Jun 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm
          Those who are protesting the "steep" increase, long overdue since last 10 years, need to explain, how much their earning increased during this period. Politics aside, let the commuters be fair.
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            googoodolls
            Jun 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm
            I don't understand what people want. Everyone seems to believe that they deserve everything at the best quality for free, and anything done to prevent this by anyone is gross injustice. The railways need funds to improve services and expand. How is it going to do this without money, do all the pengers of the railways need to be given a free ride by the small fraction of the potion that pays taxes. And parties like the Congress, SP and TMC just want to play with the irrational emotions of common people. The BJP with its strong majority should have stuck to its stand and continued with the raised fares. With proper implementation, when 3 years down the line people see trains starting to run on time, railway stations getting a facelift, an increase in the number of trains no one would complain and rather would be glad that this move was made.
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