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Blog Entry# 2045184  
Posted: Nov 02 2016 (11:33)

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Last Response: Nov 03 2016 (10:13)
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Nov 02 2016 (11:01)   Travel may get dearer as WR plans season ticket rate hike

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Entry# 2045184   News Entry# 284569         Tags   Past Edits
From Churchgate To Dadar, 1st-Class Monthly Pass May Cost 47% More
Western Railway has proposed a major overhaul of fare slabs for firstand 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 rationalize 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 rationalization 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 rationalization 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 (21km) commute costs Rs 215, which is the same as that for the Churchgate-Bhayander route, a distance of 44km. 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 firstclass 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 (23km) second-class monthly pass holder pays Rs 215, which is same as that for CST to Thane (33km). 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.AChurchgate-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 month ly 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 firstclass commutes. There has been neither an increase in passenger comfort nor has the infrastructure seen a drastic overhaul.“

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Nov 03 2016 (02:25)
Lucknow Metro~   2360 blog posts   9 correct pred (47% accurate)
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I will like to know which countries are you referring to.
No, these people will not take roadways since railway fares will still be way lower than road alternatives.
Fare hike in suburban transport was coming for a long time. It was needed.

Nov 03 2016 (03:11)
Foamer~   1934 blog posts
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The countries where public transport is free say - Perth (Aus) with lower population; is because of higher income tax collected not just from citizens but also from migrant population. Also almost total compliance in terms of collecting individual tax.
Here not even 1% of total population pays any income tax though many are above the threshold. With that collected direct tax and some indirect tax hardly we are able to feed our hungry children, let alone provide free transport.

I agree that many political projects like bullet trains, steel bridge are just projects born out of corruption and hubris.
But simply if you don't recover atleast some part of the operational cost and provide everything for free, the system will collapse. If you observe, Mumbai always enjoys a lot of funding from center and state compared to the rest of the country or Maha itself. Its high time they recovered some part of that; so that other parts of Maha and India got some funds for developing rail network.

Nov 03 2016 (09:17)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1933 blog posts
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Problem has aggravated today because some RMs stubbornly did not increased fares for 10 years in a row, totally disregarding the recommendations of experts, just to derive political dividends. So today, small increase in fare is grossly inadequate, and no body wants to bell the cat.

Nov 03 2016 (09:53)
Venkat వెంకట్   3308 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
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I slightly agree on other points. But my point here is mumbai locals also environmental friendly. Railways not trying to change its structure which is wasting 1000 crs of money invested on project which are dead investment for decades. No proper plans to complete the projects.
Also running of Suvida, Flexi fare trains over all is a flop show. many LHB trains running at below 60 kmph avg speed what the use of investing huge money if they are not used to capacity ??
What about work force ??
Is railways thinking about automation and trying reduce work force in couple of years ?? Many things are not streamlined. Without doing all these things just raising fare hike card will not be accepted.
Let railways to come out vote bank politics and regional bias. Get better work force which helps to cover up 100 of times to fare hike.
Already middle class people surviving why to put gun always on them ?
If railways want to do business let it be in all not only in fare hike.
Even at last fare hike i opposed as its not scientific compare to bus and airfares. What happened now every month ridership of railways going negative.
Let suresh prabhu and his team thinks about major changes not these minor. Many small infra projects creates HUGE wealth for railways.

Nov 03 2016 (10:13)
Venkat వెంకట్   3308 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
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My friend we are also paying more taxes any ways let GST comes and we can compare. I agree on part of regional bias of railways development. Now with NDA its gone to peaks as this govt focusing more on some regions only. But as said above this increase of fare will not help in anyways to railways. Its very very less when compare to their expenditure and false planning. On one hand railways loosing 100s crs on flexi fare on premium trains on other hand it want to milk money from poor middle class people. I am against to that.

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