New Railway minister rolls back fare hikes

Roy has kept untouched the increase in fares of AC 2-tier and AC-I announced by his predecessor.

hidden March 22, 2012 13:48:32 IST
New Railway minister rolls back fare hikes

New Delhi:The hike in rail passenger faresfor second class suburban and non-suburban, sleeper, AC chair car and AC 3-tier was today rolled back with the new RailwayMinister Mukul Roy dubbing it as a "huge drain" on the masses.

He, however, kept untouched the increase of 15 paise perkm and 30 paise per km respectively in passenger fares inAC 2-tier and AC-I announced by his predecessor DineshTrivedi in the Railway Budget last week.

New Railway minister rolls back fare hikes

Roy has also scrapped Trivedi's proposal to expand the RailwayBoard.PTI

Replying to the debate on the Railway Budget in the LokSabha, Roy also put on hold Trivedi's proposal of setting up acommittee to examine whether there should be an independenttariff regulatory authority.

He scrapped Trivedi's proposal to expand the RailwayBoard.Roy, who was replying to the debate just a day aftertaking over as Railway minister, said, "The proposal toincrease fare by 2 paise per km, 3 paise per km and 5 paise

per km in second class suburban and non-suburban and Sleeperclass is a huge drain on the pocket of the masses."

"Similarly, increase in the fare of AC Chair Car and AC3-tier, which is now patronised by the middle class, is alsoquite severe...I intend to give relief to the already over-burdenedcommon man by not effecting any increase in these classes," he said.

Trivedi had proposed an increase of 10 paise per km each for AC ChairCar and AC 3-tier.Roy, however, did not refer to AC 2-tier and AC-I Class,for which his predecessor had proposed hike of 15 paise per kmand 30 paise per km.

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