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Suburban railway fares to go up again

The latest hike will see the price of first class daily tickets and seasonal passes go up by two per cent.

Written by PRIYAL DAVE | Mumbai | Published: October 5, 2013 1:37:53 am

First-class suburban commuters will have to brace for the third fare revision this year,with the Railway Ministry set to implement the fuel adjustment component (FAC) link fare revision for passengers from October 7 and for freight users from October 10. The Railways hopes to earn around Rs 450 crore from the latest revision in passenger fares and Rs 700 crore from freight charges in the next six months.

The latest hike will see the price of first class daily tickets and seasonal passes go up by two per cent. The revision,however,will not affect commuters using second-class daily or seasonal ticket.

The fare revision by two per cent across categories is also going to see an increase in fares of Rajdhani — Rs 30,Rs 40 and Rs 65 for third,second and first AC respectively. Similarly,the fares of non-Rajdhani trains,from Mumbai to Delhi,will go up by Rs 25,Rs 35 and Rs 60 for third,second and first AC. The fares of sleeper class have increased by Rs 5.

“Following the revision,fares will go up by a maximum of Rs 5 for single journey till Dahanu. For season tickets,it will go up by Rs 10 from Churchgate to Virar and by Rs 20 till Dahanu Road,” said a senior officer from the Western Railway.

Subhash Gupta,president of Yatri Sangh Mumbai,said,“This is the third revision of fares for first-class passengers. While it is good that fares have been revised across the country,we feel that the suburban section should have been given a relaxation considering that facilities provided to Mumbai commuters have not increased much.”

On January 1,fares were revised after a Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) surcharge was levied. On January 22,another fare revision was undertaken by the ministry across categories,including suburban railways.

The Ministry of Railways announced the latest fare revision in the wake of an escalation in fuel prices. The ministry had introduced FAC linked tariff revision earlier this year during the railway budget for 2013-14. While the freight charges were revised on April 4,FAC linked fare revision for passenger fares was not undertaken as a fare revision was implemented on January 22.

In a statement,the ministry said only the escalation recorded in fuel cost — from February 2013 to July 2013 — has been factored in. This comprises over seven per cent revision in price of high speed diesel and a 15.5 per cent increase in traction power.

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