The Indian Railways on Wednesday issued a clarification over increased train fare saying slightly higher fares for short-distance passenger trains done only to discourage people from travel which is not most necessary.
In a statement, Railways said, “Slightly higher fares only in less than 3 per cent of total trains running Covid is still around and in fact worsening in some States. Visitors from many States are being subjected to screening in other areas and discouraged to travel. Little higher price is be seen as Proactive measure of Railways to prevent crowding in trains and stop covid from spreading.”
Railways already bears significant loss in every journey by passenger. Tickets are heavily subsidised. Recently there have been some reports in the section of media about higher price being charged from those travelling in passenger trains over small distances.
Railways would like to inform that these slightly higher fares for passenger and other short-distance trains had been introduced to discourage people from avoidable travels and those which are not most necessary.