Rail Budget 2013: Fare hike via surcharge likely


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Rail Budget 2013: Fare hike via surcharge likely

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 09:10
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New Delhi: The government is likely to announce a slew of passenger-friendly measures in the Rail Budget 2013 when it will be unveiled on Tuesday in Parliament.

Sources told Zee News there will be no direct increase in passenger fares but fuel adjustment charge and other surcharges may be levied. Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had recently told reporters that the increase in diesel prices following the fare hike has negated the additional revenue of Rs 3,300 crore which Railways was expected to mop up.

The aam admi’s wishlist - better quality food, hygiene in toilets and safety for women passengers may get renewed focus in this year’s Rail Budget. As part of the new measures, the Railways may announce pay & use toilet services at 800 stations across the nation.

Importantly, Railways is planning to link train tickets with Aadhaar cards to tackle the menace of touts in bookings. "We are exploring the possibility of linking Aadhaar system with issuing of train tickets and if this happens, the tout menace will be effectively curbed in ticketing system," Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had said last week.

Passengers often do not get tickets in advance as bulk tickets are being cornered by touts. "I have recently met Nandan Nilekani and discussed the issue with him. Our aim is to ensure availability of tickets by genuine passengers as there are complaints of touts booking bulk tickets in the name of tour and travel operators," the minister said.

Tickets with bar codes which will be linked with Adhaar cards of the passenger will also be introduced.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Monday, February 25, 2013, 13:10


faclity and safty must nothing is mony-sanjeet -delhi
faclity and safty must nothing is mony-sanjeet -delhi
rail should work like a commercial organisation,ensuring full benefits to the economically backwardRich and middle-class should get berths on demand paying a premium at any time and on any day-BKPanigrahi -Singapore
No Cancelation on E ticket after Charting as passangers used to take refund after travelling as it is a great loss for the Railways as Agent takes the refund and also Fraud passengers do the same after travelling So it should be stopped After charting more refunds are issued in E ticket than the actual ticket booked through E ticket -Suni Johnson -Kerala
The railways has been made grazing field for corrupt politicians who grossly misused for personal benefits & populismNo commercial organisation can be run without incomeIn past eight years, it is badly managed & it has been made defunct for political gainAll past ministers ieRambilas,Laloo,Mamta etc grossly misused this organization & all development works come to standstill which is caused extra expenditure of several lacs crores & there is colossal damage to railways which has completely damaged economy of railwaysManmohan Singh is totally responsible for such gross lapses who made such irresponsible ministers who are are responsible for damaging lifeline of economy of countryOur honest PM is allowing gigantic scamsWhat is use of such honesty? The future govt must fix responsibility for such huge losses incurred by railways & none is to be spared as they have played with life of billions of people-Harson -Lucknow
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