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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

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Your channel is showing lot of things on trains & cateringI would like to say something that passengers are also responsible for dirtyness of Railway compartmentYou can easily see that they eat fruits,coconuts & takes tea & keeps the waste just beneath the birthsI have seen many passengers in AC class that after finish of journey they cleans their shoes with bed sheetsWho will help these passengersRailway should provide cover on Blankets because I think that they never gives blankets for cleaningTrain runs some times up to 48 hours or even more in some cases passenger changes at least two times & some times three times on same birth on few births but railway provide hardly for one birth one setNew passenger on birth which comes in place of old passengers gets used bed sheets For Railway Fare & Facilities railway wants revenue & revenue comes from railway tickets & transportation of goodsWhen Diesel cost is increasing, salary of staff is increasing , cost of Railway coaches is increa-ARBIND KUMAR RAI -AMRITSAR
Your channel is showing lot of things on trains & cateringI would like to say something that passengers are also responsible for dirtyness of Railway compartmentYou can easily see that they eat fruits,coconuts & takes tea & keeps the waste just beneath the birthsI have seen many passengers in AC class that after finish of journey they cleans their shoes with bed sheetsWho will help these passengersRailway should provide cover on Blankets because I think that they never gives blankets for cleaningTrain runs some times up to 48 hours or even more in some cases passenger changes at least two times & some times three times on same birth on few births but railway provide hardly for one birth one setNew passenger on birth which comes in place of old passengers gets used bed sheets For Railway Fare & Facilities railway wants revenue & revenue comes from railway tickets & transportation of goodsWhen Diesel cost is increasing, salary of staff is increasing , cost of Railway coaches is increa-ARBIND KUMAR RAI -AMRITSAR
Today, in Mumbai local stations No Ticket Chechers are seen The stations are like public gardens Railways is makeing their on loses by not recruiting sufficient staff-Papagee -Mira Road, Thane Dt.
The fare may be increased but those passengers who had booked in Advance from them the new fares should not be collected in Train It feel shame to pay in the train as we have kept some pending amount of Railways So Bansal ji it is a humble request please dont take charges of those passangers who have booked the Rail ticket before Budget -Suni Johnson -vadodara
since demand for tickets far exceeds supply, will the real problem get resolved with these small steps top priority should be to make trains /seats available to people when they are ready to pay these days it is not easy to get ticket and almost impossible to travel in general compartment touts might be posing some problems but the main issue remains increasing number of trains in proportion to the requirement at that place the problem is not resolved till the time people are able to travel when they want to and not either wait for months for train availability or keep on postponing the program till he is lucky enough to get some birth-vayi -kerala
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