Pay nominal user fee for world-class Indian Railways stations: The Indian Railway Station Redevelopment Corporation Limited (IRSDC) is currently working towards the redevelopment of many railway stations across the country, with an aim to transform them into swanky airport-like hubs.
Recently, Financial Express Online learned that an airport-like user fee will be levied on passengers who use the redeveloped railway stations. The move is likely to result in a marginal hike in fares. At various airports, the User Development Fee is charged by passengers and the rate of this fee varies based on various factors.
However, Indian Railways has made it clear that the user fee for the redeveloped stations will be kept at a nominal amount so that passengers while experiencing airport-like comforts, don’t feel a pinch on their pockets.
The user fee levied on Indian Railways passengers may differ across the newly developed railway stations depending on their footfall. However, the user fee would not be applicable for Habibganj and Gandhinagar railway stations, which are going to be the country’s first two world-class stations.
Apart from these two stations, the user fee will be implemented for the rest of the redeveloped stations including Chandigarh, Anand Vihar, Bijwasan, Sabarmati, Gwalior, Nagpur, Amritsar railway stations.