Pay more for AC 1, AC 2 classes from Sunday

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 01, 2012 08:02 hrs

Passengers travelling in AC 1 and AC 2 classes will have to shell out more from Sunday, when the upward revision in higher class fares will come into effect.

Executive and first class fares are also being revised according to the Rail Budget 2012-13 announcement. The revised rates will also be applicable to tickets issued in advance for journey to commence on or after April 1, 2012.

"In case tickets are already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference in fares will be recovered from passengers either by TTEs (Train Ticket Examiners) or by booking offices before commencement of the journey," said a senior railway ministry official.

Passenger fares will be increased 10 paise per km in first class, 15 paisa per km for AC 2 and 30 paisa per km for AC 1 from April 1.

The platform ticket will also cost Rs 5 from Sunday, said the official.

Though there was a proposal to increase fare in all classes, including AC III, sleeper class, suburban and second class in the Railway Budget, new railway minister Mukul Roy decided for partial roll back of fares in these classes.

Railways has earned Rs 28,000 crore revenue from passenger fares in 2011-12.

The national transporter was aiming to earn Rs 36,000 crore in 2012-13, with the five per cent expected growth in passenger volume in 2012-13 and the rise in all classes as proposed by the former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi.

However, now with the roll back in major classes like AC III and second class, railways is expected to earn only Rs 400 crore from the rise in AC 1, AC 2 and first class fares.

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