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Blog Entry# 2085127  
Posted: Dec 09 2016 (10:45)

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Last Response: Dec 14 2016 (00:44)
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Dec 09 2016 (10:24)   Railway commuters say it's too little

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Suburban railway commuters, who can avail a 0.5% discount on season tickets purchased via digital transactions from January 2017, said the incentive was too low, especially in a city like Mumbai, where the cost of living is high. The government came out with this offer to promote cashless transactions, post-demonetisation.
Rail Yatri Sangh's Subhash Gupta said, “On a smart card, the railways offers a 5% discount. The government should have at least matched this rate to encourage people to go cashless.“ Kandivli resident Shyam Pandya said, “More discounts in terms of percentage should be offered on six-monthly or yearly season tickets.“
official said the railways will have to come out with schemes to encourage cashless transactions. For example, Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has tied up with retailers, who offer discounts on their products, if they are smart card-holders.
Ghatkopar resident Roy Jacob said, “The railways could tie up with food stalls and book stores on their platform to encourage them to offer discounts to those to have smart cards through digital platforms.“ Dombivli resident Priyanka V said, “Why not offer insurance benefits to those who buy season tickets through cashless systems?“ Many felt the switch to a cashless system will be easier if a common card is there for BEST buses, taxis and railways.

Dec 09 2016 (10:45)
Guest: 2a4feb31   show all posts
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so the heavily subsidized Sub-urban ticket fare+this 0.5% rebate is too little for them. Indeed, we are living in a selfish world.

Dec 09 2016 (15:07)
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No offence but my personal observation Mumbai crowd always hates in Delhi. They always say our Mumbai locals are better than Delhi metro. But it seems rather the fares pinches them more. When Delhi crowd affords metro rates, financial capital finds difficult to afford Mumbai local fares.

Dec 12 2016 (15:57)
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(1) We cannot compare Mumbai Locals with Delhi Metro as there is drastic difference between the quality of service. The former is basically an emu passenger train sharing infrastructure with long distance/ freight trains and are much more over crowded, smelly, hot and humid journey where as the later have a dedicated infrastructure with much more comfortable and air conditioned travel backed by a good announcement system. Mumbaikars are paying much higher fares for the Metro train between Andheri and Ghatkopar.
(2) After a decade long freeze on fares imposed by the past RMs, the second class fares have really gone too low (especially monthly passes) and need to be increased to a reasonable level so that financial viability of
passenger operations are not totally off the track. Associations like Yatri Sanghs, Unions etc always demand for heaven, but IR need to act reasonably, especially in matter of fares.
(3) Delhi being national capital gets much higher allocations/ funding for infrastructure and much more importance than other comparable cities and a little bit of jealous feeling towards the pampered ones is natural.
(4) Mumbaikars are known to pay reasonably high for good services, unlike Kolkata where there is maximum resistance for a little increase in public transport fare. Their reputation as law abiding (Buying proper tickets and following rule of law/discipline) is better than most of the other metro citizens.

Dec 12 2016 (19:39)
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Obviously both cannot be compared but the point was to compare Mass Rapid Transit of mega cities of India. While DMRC has been ecofriendly, passenger friendly and economically viable (earning atleast its operations cost), same cannot be said abt Mumbai suburban. They are only fare/poor friendly. Besides I never understood the exorbitant high fares of 1st class of locals

Dec 14 2016 (00:44)
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It is in line with the policy of subsidising lower class paxs (90-95%in number) and unsuccessfully trying to recover the losses from upper class paxs (5-10% in number)

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