New Delhi: Not a happy new year for you if you travel frequently by trains. Train tickets are going to cost you more from January 1, 2020. According to an order issued on Tuesday, the Indian Railways will fare hike across its network, excluding suburban trains, effective from January 1, 2020. While suburban fares remain unchanged, ordinary non-AC, non-suburban fares hiked by 1 paise per km of journey.
The Indian railways also announced a two paise/km hike in fares of mail/express non-AC trains and four paise/km hike in the fares of AC classes. Premium trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains are included in the fare hike.
In the Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani which covers a distance of 1,447 km, the hike at the rate of 4 paise per km will be around Rs 58. According to the order, there will not be any change in the reservation fee and superfast charge and the hike in fares will not be applicable to tickets already booked.
The Railways has not undertaken any fare-revision since past 6 years. The last fare-revision was done in 2014-15.
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Railways said in a statement that in order to expand passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations and trains, it has become imperative to increase the fare marginally without overburdening any class of passengers. Fast modernization of Indian Railway will be achieved through this fare revision. Accordingly, Railways has decided to marginally affect an increase in fare only over the non-suburban sections.