New train fares effective from tomorrow
The Ministry of Railways on Monday said the new, increased train fares will be effective from Tuesday. "The Ministry of Railways has issued circular giving details of its decision to revise Passenger Fares from tomorrow i.e. 22.01.2013," said the ministry in a release.
The minimum fare chargeable will be Rs. 5.
On the revised basic fares which shall become effective from Tuesday, development charge shall not be leviable.
"Fares of all classes except Second Class Ordinary (Suburban):- Chargeable Fares, as obtained after adding Miscellaneous Charges like Reservation Fee, Supplementary charge for Superfast trains, Catering Charge, Service Tax etc. To the Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of Rs. 5," said the ministry.
"Second Class (Suburban) Fares:- Chargeable Fares for Second Class Suburban passengers as obtained after adding applicable miscellaneous charges like MUTP Surcharge etc. (as and where application) TO THE Basic Fare, will be rounded off to the next higher multiple of five rupees, except that in cases where either '1' or '6' comes up as the last digit (i.e. in unit's place) it will be rounded off to the immediately lower multiple of Rs. 5, i.e. Rs. 11.00, Rs. 21.00, Rs. 31.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 10.00, Rs. 20.00, Rs. 30.00 etc. and Rs. 6.00, Rs. 16.00, Rs. 26.00 etc. would respectively become Rs. 5.00, Rs. 15.00 and Rs. 25.00 etc. and Fare values ending in Rs. 2, Rs. 3 or Rs. 4 would be getting rounded off to Rs. 5 and those ending in Rs. 7, Rs. 8, or Rs. 9 to Rs. 10 and so on and so forth."
It is also decided that the existing fares of train services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Duronto, Rajya Rani and Yuva Expresses will similarly be revised to the extent of the proposed increase in class-wise fares.
"As per earlier circular of Railway Board dated 26.12.2012, as a special case to facilitate the passengers of Muhakumbh Mela it has been decided if any passenger purchases an unreserved reverse ticket through UTS from any station on Indian Railways for journey to any one of the 12 stations in Allabhbad region serving Mahakumbh Mela and back the reverse ticket will be allowed to be booked upto 15 days in advance excluding the day of journey subject to levy of Mela Surcharge as per extant instructions," said the ministry.
"In this case also the difference of fare will be collected on board in the trains in case tickets are booked in advance and before 22.01.2013 in respect of above."
There is no change in charges for reservation fee etc. Such charges, wherever applicable, which shall continue to be levied additionally.
However, the second class superfast surcharge shall be rounded off to Rs. 10.
"The changes in fares as above shall come into force w.e.f. 22.01.2013," said the ministry, adding service tax will be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
"Instructions issued earlier that in the case of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi/Duronto Express trains, the concession wherever admissible and in child fare also, it will be granted only in the basic fares and that all other charges (Catering, Reservation Supplementary charges like Superfast Surcharge, Enhanced Charges, Service Tax (if any) etc.) shall be collected in full. This will be applicable from 01.04.2013," said the ministry.
The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after Tuesday (Jan 22).
"Until new tickets are printed, old printed card tickets will be issued after having necessary corrections in fares made on them in advance. Such alterations by the staff would be made preferably by stamp or in ink," said the ministry.
"In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, it should be ensured that the difference in fares and other charges on or after 22.01.2013 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers," it said.
This is the first hike in railway fares after a decade. The last time fare was hiked was when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was Railway Minister.
The increased fares are expected to generate an additional Rs 1,200 crore by the end of the current financial year.