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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Mumbai: Half-yearly and yearly railway passes are here

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 01, 2013
First Published: 01:40 IST(1/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(1/4/2013)

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.

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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.


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