Local residents will now have to shell out Rs. 55 more for travelling to Delhi in an AC chair car in Shatabdi trains. After the recent announcement of 14.2% hike in passenger fare, the revised rates have become applicable from Wednesday.
The net increase in the pricing of the Shatabdi fare has been to the tune of approximately 10%. The Shatabdi fare consists of travelling fare as well as catering charges. While there is no increase in the catering fare, the travelling fare has seen an increase of 14.2%, amounting to overall increase of 10%.
For instance, the AC chair car fare of Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi (6.55am) from Chandigarh has increased from Rs. 540 to Rs. 595.
Similarly, AC chair car fare of Chandigarh-New Delhi Shatabdi (12am) has hiked from Rs. 580 to Rs. 635, while the Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi (6.25pm), increased its fare from Rs. 625 to Rs. 680.
The fare of executive class in these three Shatabdi trains has increased by Rs. 120, registering a net increase of a little over 11%. Local station superintendent RK Dutta said the new fare had already been uploaded in the system and customers would have to pay accordingly.
For Chandigarh-bound trains other than Shatabdi, the net increase is 14.2% since these trains don’t have separate caterimg charges, as in case of Shatabdi.
For instance, the second class AC fare of the biweekly Chandigarh-Kochuveli Sampark Kranti has increased from Rs. 3,285 to Rs. 3,750, registering an increase of 14.2%.
Similarly, the third class AC fare of the train has seen an increase of 14.2% from Rs. 2,195 to Rs. 2,505.
The second class AC fare of Chandigarh-Mumbai train will now cost residents Rs. 2,470, while the fare is Rs. 1,700 and Rs. 650 for third class AC and sleeper class.
“More than 20 trains, including long-journey trains, have been running from Chandigarh railway station and there has been a hike witnessed across the board,” said local officials.
Residents are in a fix after the hike. Surinder Singh, a city resident, said, “The general inflation has already taken a toll on our home budget and the rail fare will further put pressure on our pockets.”
Chandigarh Malayalam Association general secretary Captain CR Benny said the new government should have barred at least AC three-tier and sleeper class passengers from the increase.
Several residents demanded better facilities and security arrangement with the increase and said that the amount collected from the overall hike should be used to modernise Indian railways.
NEW TIME TABLE FROM JULY 1
Timings of several trains from Chandigarh are set to change in the new time table, which will be applicable from July 1. Local officials said the timings of several trains could see a revision in the new time table. “Communication in this regard is expected in the next two-three days,” said station superintendent RK Dutta.