Gujjar stir hits rail traffic; Airlines hike fares

With Gujjar agitation intensifying, airlines have hiked fares on Jaipur-Delhi and Jaipur-Mumbai routes.

Jaipur: With Gujjar agitation intensifying
in Rajasthan, airlines have hiked fares on Jaipur-Delhi and
Jaipur-Mumbai routes while the bookings are almost full for
the next two days.

Travellers have no option but to pay twice or thrice the
actual fare as the demand has raised after cancellation of
numerous trains due to the ongoing Gujjar agitation.

"Airfares are constantly rising for the last two-three
days. Yesterday, the fare for Jaipur-Delhi flight was around
Rs 8,000 but on Sunday its around Rs 10,000," Anjana Braham, a
city-based travel agent, said to a news agency here.

"Fare for Mumbai which used to be around Rs 6,000-7,000
in normal days is also above Rs 12,000 today," she said.

Another travel agent said the agitation has hit their
business in the peak holiday season.

The number of cancellation is rising daily following
diversion and cancellation of trains due to the agitation, he

According to various airlines here, bookings are full for
Saturday and Sunday while a few seats remain for Sunday`s
Jaipur-Mumbai flights.

Over 50 trains are affected in the Delhi-Mumbai, Jaipur-
Delhi and Ajmer-Indore routes as Gujjars have blocked rail
tracks passing from Bharatpur, Dausa and Bhilwara districts.

Traffic on Jaipur-Bharatpur-Agra National Highway is also
affected, while tourists are avoiding Rajasthan due to the
ongoing stir.