The across-the-border rail fare hike for passengers which traveling by rail has come into effect from today. Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had on 8 January termed the increase as the need of the hour as losses in the passenger segment were expected to go up to Rs 25,000 crore this financial year, a four-fold increase over Rs 6,159 crore in 2004-05.
However, Bansal had promised that there would be no additional increase at the time of the Rail Budget.
This is the first increase in rail fares in a decade's time except for the first, AC two-tier and AC first/executive classes.
The increase ranges from two paise a km in the basic fare for second class ordinary (suburban) passengers to 10 paise a km for AC chair car and AC first class.
With the hike, fares of Ordinary Second Class (suburban) trains will go up by 2 paise per km while for non-suburban travel it will be 3 paise. Travel by Second Class Mail and Express trains will be costlier by 4 paise per km, while it will be 6 paise in Sleeper Class. Travellers by AC Chair Car and AC Three Tier will have to shell out 10 paise more per km, First Class by 3 paise, AC Two Tier by 6 paise and AC First Class by 10 paise.
The fare hike is expected to mop up an additional Rs 6,600 crore annually for the Indian Railways, of which Rs 1,200 crore will be raked in this fiscal year. A a major amount of Rs 1,200 crore would be spent on security and safety of passengers and railway property, while a considerable amount would also be spent on a cleanliness drive for which 100 railway stations have been shortlisted.
Here's a look at how much more you will have to shell out:
The fare for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto has also been increased. However, it exempted platform tickets from any hike. Bansal also proposed to do away with the practice of levying development charge on passenger tickets and all the chargeable fares will in future be in multiples of five.
A passenger travelling to Thiruvananthapuram from New Delhi on a Mail or an Express train in Sleeper Class will now have to shell out an extra Rs. 186.
Similarly, a passenger travelling by the same train on an AC Three Tier ticket will have to pay an extra Rs. 312.
A Sleeper Class ticket on a Mail or Express train between New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram which used to cost Rs.559 will cost Rs 745 from today Similarly, an AC Three Tier ticket in the same train which costs Rs 1573 will now cost Rs 1885.
An AC Three Tier ticket on a Rajdhani Express between New Delhi and Ernaculum, which used to cost Rs 1,804, will now come at Rs 2,156, a hike of Rs. 352.
A New Delhi-Patna Sleeper Class ticket will now cost Rs 385, a hike of Rs 66. Similarly, Sleeper Class travel in a Mail/Express train between New Delhi and Mumbai Central will cost Rs. 465, a hike of Rs. 87.
An Express Train Sleeper Class ticket between New Delhi and Howrah (via Gaya) will now come at Rs. 475, following a hike of Rs. 89.
People travelling to Chennai Central from the national Capital on a Sleeper Class ticket in a Mail or Express train will have to pay Rs. 620, an extra Rs. 132.
A Sleeper Class ticket on a Mail/Express train between New Delhi and Guwahati (via Barauni) will cost Rs. 590, following a hike of Rs. 122.
Same fare hike have been made applicable on AC Three Tier tickets, with a New Delhi-Patna ticket now costing Rs. 1,005, a hike of Rs. 106.
A travel to Mumbai Central from New Delhi on a AC Three Tier ticket on a Mail/Express train will now come at Rs. 1,205, following a hike of Rs. 140.
Chennai Central to New Delhi ticket in AC Three Tier will now cost Rs. 1,595, after an fare revision of Rs. 221.
In Rajdhani Trains Mumbai Central-New Delhi ticket which costs Rs. 1,247 will now come for Rs. 1,450 a variation of Rs 203.
Howrah-New Delhi travel in AC Three Tier on a Rajdhani will now come at Rs1,483 instead of Rs1,273, following a hike of Rs 210.
A Rajdhani AC Three-Tier ticket to Dibrugarh in Assam from New Delhi will now cost Rs. 1,982 instead of Rs. 1,674.
In Shatabdi Express, an AC Chair Car ticket from New Delhi to Lucknow will cost Rs 576 instead of Rs 526, following a hike of Rs 50.
Travelling to Bhopal from the national Capital on a Shatabdi will now cost Rs 715, following a hike of Rs 68.
Travelling on a Duronto Express in AC Three Tier between Mumbai and Howrah will now cost Rs 1,561 instead of Rs 1,373.
Similarly, a travel from Sealdah to New Delhi on an AC Three Tier ticket in Duronto will now cost Rs 1,285, following a hike of Rs 149.
A travel from Pune to Nizamuddin (Delhi) will be dearer by Rs 150, as the ticket now will cost Rs 1,311 instead of the present Rs 1,161.
With inputs from PTI