New Delhi(PTI): The minimum train passenger fare will go up from Rs 5 to Rs 10 as railways has decided to increase the minimum chargeable fare in non-suburban services at par with the platform ticket from November 20.
The platform ticket price was revised from Rs 5 to Rs 10 in April this year as proposed in the rail budget with a view to control the rush on platforms.
However, the objective could not be realised as passengers opted for purchasing the minimum single journey second class tickets priced at Rs 5 in lieu of the platform ticket, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Therefore, railways have now decided to increase the minimum fare from Rs 5 to Rs 10.
“It will be effective from November 20 to make it at par with the platform ticket charges. It aims at meeting the objective of controlling the rush at platform for the convenience of passengers,” the official said.
To begin with, this will be applicable only to second class non-suburban services only. It is expected that the step will bring down the rush on the platforms to manageable levels, the official added.