After increasing the fair in June, railways has now silently increased the tatkal ticket fare for those travelling less than 500km.
This has come as a shock to passengers, who are now being asked to pay around `200 more if travelling to Delhi on tatkal tickets.
The hike is set to affect the residents of Ludhiana, as being an industrial city, many people often travel to Delhi, which is 312 km from here.
Earlier, a fixed amount called 'tatkal charges' of `250 was being charged from the passengers, while the ticket fare remained same. This extra charge was taken in lieu of providing reservation ticket on a short notice. Thus, those travelling on a short notice, found it easy to get a ticket by paying `250 extra under the tatkal system.
But now, railways has increased the base fare considerably for the tatkal tickets up to 500km. The base fare after the 500km will remain almost same as before.
Ravinder Singh, a city-based businessman, who travels to New Delhi often, said, “I was amazed to know that railways has increased fare for the tatkal tickets up to 500km. I would rather prefer roadways than pay more for an already expensive ticket, besides the tatkal charges.”
When contacted, station superintendent RK Sharma said, “I was out of station for few days and thus am not aware about such circular, if any.”