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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


kya ministerji abhi vote ka season hai isliye abhi bohut aam admi sujh raha hai,vote ke baad phir toh humare gaala kante daurengerail ke sath khilwar maat kijiye,thora suraksha ka bhi dhyan rakhiye taki koi engine bina daaba leke na daur pare-DIBYENDU CHAKRABARTY -KOLKATA
when we travel from madras to north side and Mumbai in reserved coach, unreserved person and without ticket persons are also traveling in the reserved coach There is no control from the TTR This should be take serious action Rly shd take firm step for the people who take tkt 3 months before Is the rly dept thick we are fool to buy tkt 3 months before?-srini -mumbai
All I want to knowif Aadhar card is legal! I read in a journal just a couple of days back that IPC did not consider it as legal document and it can not be the mark of Identity of Indian citizens Why this government chose the wrong pathI think the bank should promote PAN card and rather upgrade the PAN card with whatever the advancement they want It will help them to identify what is the poverty level and what are their achievement in the past 60 years of their reign! Its crazy to find only Congress is adamant to launch such expensive affairs (aadhar card and Narega etc) and does not manage it from the bottom I see it only political strategies which help them make huge revenuw aside with no authority to monitor except the existing (Congress) Its crazy! Reservation with Aadhar card is a bad idea it should be associated with Voters ID so that 100% adults could be pushed to cast their vote else their Voter ID / number should be black listed and should be barred to travelon Indian Railw-Ramesh Ambastha -NOIDA
Now sleeper class passengers in most of the trains cannot undertake safe and secure journey due to crowding by wait-listed or unauthorised passengers The Railways should look into the problem-MKN Kurup -Kolkata
Tickets issued on aadhar card is a good sign but what if you are not getting your aadhar card even after one year-L.Nagraj -Kalyan
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