Train Ticket Price Hike: Traveling In Indian Railways Will Be Costlier From 1 January 2020
Indian Railways on Tuesday announced a hike in ticket price across its network from 01 January 2020. The increased fare will not be applicable in the suburban train services of the national transporter. The fare hike will be implemented in various categories of the services provided by Indian Railways.
The last fare revision over Indian Railways was done in 2014-15
The 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.
Ticket prices for AC chair car, AC 3-tier/3E, AC 2-tier and AC First Class/EC/EA will increase by 4 paise per passenger kilometre. This includes premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto
As the new fare for passengers was notified, the ministry stressed that the last fare revision was carried out five years ago in 2014-15. It may be noted that while passenger’s revenue earnings witnessed a dip of Rs 155 crore, freight fares saw the loss of Rs 3,901 crore in the second quarter of the current fiscal, compared to the corresponding one in the previous fiscal.
“Subsequently, there has been a steady up-gradation and expansion of amenities, both off-board, and on-board. Indian Railways has continuously endeavored to augment passenger experience through modernization of coaches and provision of improved facilities over stations,” the railway ministry said.
In case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference of fare on or after 1 January 2020 will not be collected from the passengers. However, any new tickets made by the ticket examiner or ticket checking staff in trains or stations shall be charged on the revised fare, the railway ministry added.