From April 1, local train commuters will have the option of buying half yearly and yearly railway passes. From today, long-distance train tickets and Tatkal tickets will also cost more.
If a second-class monthly season pass between Churchgate and Virar costs Rs.280, for the six-month pass you will have pay Rs.1,540 and for the yearly pass, Rs.3,080.
“The six-month and yearly passes will be in addition to the monthly and quarterly pass and will be available for all categories of passengers, including senior citizens,” a Western Railway spokesperson said.
A senior Central Railway official said the move would help reduce queues at ticket windows. “Commuters too will benefit as with a half yearly pass, they will get 18 days of free journey, and 36 days with a yearly pass.”
The Railways had announced the introduction of these two passes last January, soon after Union railway minister PK Bansal announced a fare hike, which came into effect on January 22.
Instead of a direct fare hike, in the 2013-14 budget, Bansal announced hikes in charges such as cancellation, Tatkal charges, reservation and supplementary charges for superfast trains, with effect from April 1.