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Passengers to pay more for new proposed trains

By Ritika Bisht
In Governance Watch
April 15, 2016

RailwaysRailway passengers will have to shell out more for travelling on new trains which will have added facilities. A senior official from Railway Minister said railways is gearing up to introduce a few special services with improved passenger amenities for which the regular fares will not be applicable.

As per the plan, new trains like Humsafar, Tejas and Utkrisht double-decker air-conditioned Yatri (UDAY), are likely to be pressed into service this year with the hike in fare ranging between 15 and 30 percent over the regular tariff. All these trains were announced in the Rail Budget 2016-17.

Railways have already launched Suvidha trains on dynamic fare system. While all coaches in Humsafar will have AC three-tier coaches, the Tejas trains will have a 130 km/hour speed. UDAY are newly designed Double-decker trains with 40 percent higher carrying capacity.

All these new trains will have improved passenger amenities in the specially designed coaches so the fares will also be on the higher side, the official said. Railways have recently introduced Mahamana Express and Gatimaan Express. Since both trains have improved amenities, fares are also higher than the regular service.