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Average ticket fare on Shramik trains Rs 600, spent Rs 3,400 per passenger: Railways

The Indian Railways on Monday said the average fare per person on Shramik Special trains was Rs 600 and indicated that by carrying 60 lakh migrant workers home since May 1, it has generated a revenue of around Rs 360 crore. A railway spokesperson said the Railways also spent Rs 3,400 per Shramik train passenger and incurred a total loss of around Rs 2,040 crore in running these trains.

The transporter has run 4,450 Shramik trains so far, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said. “The average fare of Shramik Special trains is Rs 600 per passenger. One has to keep in mind that these are normal fares of mail, express trains and not fares for special trains which are higher. We carried 60 lakh passengers, so the revenue can be calculated. We however, managed to recover only 15 percent of cost of operations, 85 per cent of the cost is being borne by the centre,” said Yadav.

Officials said the cost of operating a migrant special was between Rs 75-80 lakh. Yadav said most migrant workers have returned to their destinations and very few are left to be transported.

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