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Blog Entry# 2045068
Posted: Nov 02 2016 (10:18)

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Mumbai: Western Railway has proposed a major overhaul of fare slabs for first- and second-class season tickets to shore up revenues of the suburban system that registered a loss of Rs 1,400 crore in the last financial year. The proposed overhaul is also an attempt to rationalise fares in terms of operational costs, said a senior WR official.
The plan will be implemented only after an approval from the railway board. The official said if the new structure is accepted, it will be implemented on Central Railway's Central and Harbour lines too. The maximum hike in monthly pass fare for first-class commute has been proposed on WR's Churchgate-Dadar and CR's CST-Matunga routes at 47%, followed by Churchgate-Malad and CST-Nahur at 38%.
For second-class commute, the maximum hike planned for a monthly pass is 38% for WR's Churchgate-Vile Parle and CR's CST-Ghatkopar routes, followed by Churcghate-Jogeshwari and CST-Kanjurmarg at 26%.
Over the past decade, any move to hike fares on the suburban railway system has been shot down fearing flak from commuters and opposition parties. With only a few months to go for civic elections in Mumbai, it remains to be seen if the proposal will get an approval.
The WR official said, "Fare rationalisation is necessary to remove anomalies from the present structure. The fares of Mumbai's suburban trains are the cheapest in the world, though it is the city's lifeline." The minimum fare slab in the present structure is 1-9 km but WR has now proposal, it will be split into two—1-5 km and 5-10 km. "This is necessary as nearly 20% commuters travel in this 1-9 km slab," he explained.
He said rationalisation of fares was also necessary because while some commuters benefited from the slab anomalies, there was a set of people who were shelling out more for a short ride. For example, a second-class monthly pass for Churchgate-Andheri (21 km) commute costs Rs 215, which is the same as that for the Churchgate-Bhayander route, a distance of 44 km. Under the proposed structure, a Churchgate-Bhayander second-class commuter will have to pay Rs 265 for a monthly season ticket, said the official. Similarly, the first-class monthly season ticket for the route may now cost Rs 1,045 as against the existing Rs 905.
The WR official said fare anomalies exist on the CR too. For example, a CST-Vikhroli (23 km) second-class monthly pass holder pays Rs 215, which is same as that for CST to Thane (33 km). In the proposed fare structure, the CST-Thane monthly pass will cost Rs 250 as against the existing Rs 215.
With a maximum 47% fare increase, first-class commuters are likely to be hit the most. A Churchgate-Dadar first-class commuter may now have to pay Rs 500 for a monthly pass against the earlier Rs 340, which is a 47% increase. The proposed increase will not be easy on second-class commuters too. A second-class monthly season ticket from Churchgate to Dadar is likely to cost 23% more at 160, as against the current Rs 130.
The proposed revision will affect second-class card tickets too as the fares will rise by a maximum Rs 5. Mira Road resident Priya Nair said, "Commuters do not mind a fare hike, but there has to be a parallel increase in passenger comfort too."
Former member of National Railway Users Consultative Committee said, "There should not be any tinkering with the fare, particularly for first-class commutes. There has been neither an increase in passenger comfort nor has the infrastructure seen a drastic overhaul."

Nov 02 2016 (10:18)
Maharashtra Bandh lost more than Rs3000 Crores^~   1618 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
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Proposed fare hike for MST on Mumbai locals:
47 % hike: 1st class - Churchgate-Dadar, CST-Matunga
38 % hike: 1st class - Churchgate-Malad, CST-Nahur
38 % hike: 2nd class - Churchgate-Vileparle, CST-Ghatkopar
26 % hike:
2nd class - Churchgate-Jogeshwari, CST-Kanjurmarg

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