Do you travel by train? If yes, then get ready to pay more for your railway tickets and season passes as the revised railway fares have come into effect from Monday midnight.
While the minimum fare for a second-class suburban journey will now be Rs. 5, it will be Rs. 45 for first-class commuters.
With the new fares, a few commuters may end up paying Re1 less for their journey, while others will have to pay up to Rs. 6 and Rs. 5 extra for second- and first-class tickets, respectively.
However, it is the second-class commuters who will feel the pinch the most.
Even in case of suburban season ticket, second-class commuters will have to pay more, while a few will enjoy a slight drop in ticket rate due to the rounding-off factor.
Instead of the present practice of rounding off the ticket rates to nearest rupee, the railways have decided to round it off to multiples of Rs. 5. Which means if the revised fare is Rs. 12, it will be rounded off to Rs. 15. Similarly, if the revised fare is Rs. 26, it will now be Rs. 30.
A senior railway official said arrangements had been made to ensure that there are no glitches after the new railway fares come into effect.
“To ensure smooth transition, the railway’s passenger reservation system and unreserved ticketing systems have been fed with the new rates,” the official said.
Railway minister PK Bansal recently announced a hike of 2 and 3 paise a kilometre in second- and first-class suburban train tickets, along with outstation fares.
According to railway officials, the burden of the hike would be more on outstation train passengers as compared to suburban commuters.
Now, non-suburban commuters will have to pay Rs. 180 instead of the earlier Rs. 148 for an unreserved ticket while travelling from Mumbai to Madgoan in Konkan Kanya Express. For Mumbai-Pune journey in Deccan Queen, the ticket will cost Rs. 65 instead of Rs. 52.