Press Esc to close
Friday 28 November 2014
News updated at 11:13 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29.2°C
Min : 16.5°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

High-level railway meeting to discuss fare hike today

NEW DELHI, Oct 29, 2012, DHNS:
File Photo

Soon after his assuming charge of the ministry on Monday, new railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal took up the issue of increase in the passenger fare.

He will hold a high-level meeting on Tuesday with Railway Board members and other senior officials of the ministry to discuss the matter.

Disclosing it to media, Bansal said that passenger hike is essential for providing better services to the train travellers. He also expressed confidence that people will accept the idea as they need better service.

“"We have to ensure that the vast infrastructure of the railways does not collapse and stop functioning.  So we have to increase fares and assure the public. The public will also appreciate it because we are going to improve the services," said the minister.


The minister declared safety as the highest priority of the railways, and enumerated cleanliness and punctuality as among other important priorities. "We are aware of the fact that the primary concern is the safety of passengers. We have to do our best to ensure security of the passengers. Cleanliness is also important besides punctuality. We have to give a clean environment in the trains," he said.

The minister’s assertion about fare hike has given rise to the speculation over the timing and quantum of the increase in passenger fare. It is most likely that the ministry will not to wait for the next budget to introduce a hike.

In his short stint in the railway ministry, C P Joshi had announced setting up a Rail Tariff Authority to determine tariffs of passenger and freight services.

Besides, the ministry has with it recommendations of the Sam Pitroda Committee and Anil Kakodkar Committee. The Pitroda Committee has recommended modernisation surcharge on per kilometre basis, while the Kokodkar Committee calculated a safety cess which should generate Rs 5,000 crore per year.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his departure after attending SAARC summit...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his departure after attending SAARC summit...

A boy salvages for belongings amid the debris of his house in Mumbai...

A boy salvages for belongings amid the debris of his house in Mumbai...

Shyam Benegal with Naseeruddin Shah during the launch of the latter's book...

Shyam Benegal with Naseeruddin Shah during the launch of the latter's book...

Actor turned politician Kushboo with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi...

Actor turned politician Kushboo with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi...

An Indian army soldier keeps vigil near Pindi Khattar village...

An Indian army soldier keeps vigil near Pindi Khattar village...

Men play soccer at a field in Peshawar...

Men play soccer at a field in Peshawar...

NorthEast United FC players celebrate their third goal against Chennaiyin FC...

NorthEast United FC players celebrate their third goal against Chennaiyin FC...

An injured soldier is taken to hosp during a gunbattle with militants at Pindi Khattar village...

An injured soldier is taken to hosp during a gunbattle with militants at Pindi Khattar village...

Netanyahu attends the annual memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion..

Netanyahu attends the annual memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion..

Sharif holds hands with  Modi and  Ashraf Ghani during the closing session of the SAARC summit...

Sharif holds hands with Modi and Ashraf Ghani during the closing session of the SAARC summit...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523