Railways upgrade 48 trains to superfast category, raise fares, increase speed by 5 km/ hr; no new amenities
Passengers will have to shell out Rs 30 more for sleeper, Rs 45 for second and third AC and Rs 75 for first AC class as superfast charges.
The cost of transporting freight is only 99 paise per 10 km but the charges the Railways levies are Rs 1.60 per 10 km. But on the passenger side, charges are a mere 50 percent of the cost of service – 36 paise per 10 km against the actual cost of 70 paise per 10 km
If they are thrifty, they may go for long workouts and even turn anorexic if only to have the last laugh before emplaning.
Talking about the 14.2 percent increase in passenger fares and 6.5 percent hike in freight rates, Jaitley had said that the railways can survive only if users pay to avail facilities.
"I appeal to the Prime Minister to roll back the hike considering the welfare of the poor and the middle class people," Jayalalithaa said.
The decision of the Railways today restores an announcement of 16 May, the day Lok Sabha election results came, when the same hike was effected but immediately put on hold.
"I will discuss the fare issue with the Prime Minister. A decision will be taken after discussion with the PM," Railway Minister DV Sadanand Gowda said today after meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here.