The revised passenger fares in AC-First Class, AC-2 tier, Executive Class and First Class will come to effect from April 1. The fares for other classes of travel will remain unchanged.
The tickets those were issued at pre-revise price and in advance for journeys that is scheduled for April 1 will also fall under this new fare slab. In respect to this the differing amounts will be collected from the passengers by the TTEs in trains or by the booking offices before commencement of the journey by the passengers in case of such fare revisions.
Hence, to rule out any trouble in collecting the revised fares and to enlighten the travellers about the revision, the management had arranged railway staff to explain and put up the list of new fare information to display at the stations. Meanwhile, the revised passenger fare table is also available on the website of the Ministry of Railways, indianrailways.gov.in
The revision in railway passenger fares was first proposed by former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi in his maiden budget in 2012. However, in an unprecedented turn of events, for the very first time a Union Minister was sacked as soon as he presented budget.
The Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to boot out her own party candidate as Trivedi announced fare hikes in railways without any prior consultations.
However, after Mukul Roy took over the Ministry of Railway from Trivedi, he annulled the proposed passenger fare hikes, except in few classes of travel.
Former minister Trivedi in his budget hiked passenger fares across all classes ranging from two paise to 30 paise per km, which was the first hike in a decade.