Railway fare concessions come into effect from Tuesday

April 1st, 2008 - 9:21 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Several concessions in passenger fares, announced earlier by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, came into effect from Tuesday. “A discount of Re.1 will apply from now on all second class suburban trains for fares up to Rs.50 per passenger,” said the railway ministry announcement.

“For the non-suburban trains, both superfast and ordinary passenger trains, where the fares are above Rs.50, the discount will be to the tune of five percent.”

But the biggest concession has been granted to passengers travelling in airconditioned first class, where it will be to the tune of seven percent during the lean season and nearly 3.5 percent for all seasons.

Similarly, the reduction in two-tier air-conditioned class (A/C 2-tier) will be four percent during the lean season and two percent for all seasons.

“But in popular trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi, it will remain at only two percent for all seasons,” the ministry said.

Passengers of new high capacity sleeper coaches, travelling in second, A/C 3-tier and two-tier or chair cars of Shatabdi Express, will be granted additional fare concessions. These concessions vary from five to 10 percent.

The railways will increase the capacity in all coaches, and as and when the new improved coaches are put on track the passengers will accordingly avail of the concession.

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