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Passenger fare hike does not go far enough

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Indian Railways announced on Tuesday an increase in the base price of passenger travel across its network, except on the suburban segment. The fare hike is not enormous — one paise per kilometre for ordinary, non-air conditioned classes in non-express trains, reaching up to four paise per kilometre in the air-conditioned classes.

For tickets, therefore, even in top of the line trains, such as the Rajdhani, the additional payment will usually be less than ~100. Season ticket holders will also see no increase in fares. While there may well be some grumbling about this increase, the fact ...

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First Published: Fri, January 03 2020. 00:08 IST
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