Railway Budget 2012
March 14, 2012 by staff
Railway Budget 2012, For the first time in a decade a Railway Minister has taken the bold decision of increasing passenger fares. While presenting his maiden Railway Budget in the Lok Sabha Union Minister Dinesh Trivedi announced that passenger fares were being increased “marginally” across all classes.
Trivedi pointed out that passenger fares were subsidising freight rates so they need to be rationalised. The Railway Minister increased the passenger fares by 2 paise per km for suburban and ordinary second class; 3 paise per km for mail/express second class; 5 paise per km for sleeper class; 10 paise per km for AC Chair Car, AC 3 tier and First Class; 15 paise per km for AC 2 tier and 30 paise per km for AC I.
The fares would be rounded off to the next nearest five rupees and the minimum fares and platform tickets would now cost Rs. 5.
Fare hike: 3 paise/km for mail/express 2nd class; 5 paise/km for sleeper; 10 paise/km for AC Chair Car, AC 3 tier and First Class.
Claiming that the financial position of the railways was precarious, Trivedi said that he has two options – “either keep railways in a status quo or bite the bullet”.
“I am taking the option of inspirational change,” said the minister while laying stress on safety, consolidation, decongestion and capacity augmentation, modernisation, and to bring down the operating ratio from 95 per cent to 84.9 per cent in 2012-13.
Announcing a slew of facilities for the passengers like bio-toilets, special house keeping body to enhance hygiene and cleanliness, new catering policy, specially designed coaches earmarked for wheelchair borne and differently-abled passengers, three centres for training personnel in disaster management and to integrate Railway Protection Force (RPF) helpline with all passenger helplines, satellite based real time information of trains, introduction of escalators, book a meal, AC lounge, extension of house keeping, mobile booking, alternate train accommodation system for wait listed passengers.
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