Travelling in trains is set tobecome costlier from next week as the hike in reservation fee and superfast charges announced in the Rail Budget come into effect from April 1.
Though Railways have not increased basic passenger fare, it has proposed to increase the reservation fee, superfast and Tatkal charges. Cancellation and clerkage charges will also be hiked from the said date.
While reservation fee for second and sleeper class has not been revised, AC classes will be dearer by Rs. 15 to Rs. 25 per ticket.
Superfast charges have been increased by Rs. 10 for sleeper and second class fare. For AC classes, the hike is between Rs. 15 and Rs. 25.
Tatkal fee has been increased by 10% of the basic fare for second class and 30 per cent for all other AC classes. While cancellation charges have been increased by Rs. 10 to Rs. 50 per ticket for confirmed tickets, clerkage charge for cancellation of waiting list and RAC tickets will be dearer by Rs. 5 for sleeper class and Rs. 10 for AC class.
Cancellation and clerkage charges have been hiked to deter touts from booking bulk tickets in advance, a senior Railway Ministry official said.