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Railways hikes fares, the first since 2014-15

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The government said it was forced to make the increase in fares by up to 4 paise a km as it wants to expand passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations and trains.

Railways hikes fares, the first since 2014-15
Indian Railway will raise fares by up to 4 paise a km, the first such hike since 2014-15, as it looks 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," the rail ministry said in a statement.  "Fast modernisation of Indian Railway will be achieved through this fare revision."
The "marginal increase in fares" will cover only the non-suburban sections. The increase in fare will be on tickets bought on or after January 1, 2020. No excess fare (difference of fare) will be charged from passengers who have booked tickets before January 1, the ministry said.
The fare revision is as below:
  • Ordinary Non-AC classes : Fare increase by 01 paisa per km.
  • Mail/Exp Non-AC classes : Fare increase by 02 paisa per km.
  • AC classes: Fare increase by 04 paisa pe km.There will no increase in suburban fare and season tickets.
  • Since the last fare revision in 2014-15, there has been a steady up-gradation and expansion of amenities. That apart, the burden of 7th Pay Commission on the railways has necessitated the rationalisation of fares, the ministry said.
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