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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


Make sure that the general compartments should be pleasant and not overcrowded so that a common person should travel happily For that government has to take certain actions it is very difficult to travel with general ticket in India-SHIV MATH -BANGALORE
sob kuch rail hi nahi karigi passenger ko bhi kuch karna chahiye, saf sutor passenger ko bhi rakna chahiye,-alak bhattacharjee -Tura
But who do not have Adhaar cards? In West Bengal, drive for Adhaar card registration is not seen-Mallika -Kolkata
KUDOS But when the speed of the trains will increase The Trains run in the same speed as it used run 50 years ago on speed engine-Rajiv -Mumbai
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