Railway to charge ‘user fee’ at busy stations, tickets may cost more
NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways will soon start levying a “token user fee” from passengers taking trains from busy stations, which will result in marginal increase in the total fare. The user fee, which will be collected for redevelopment of railway stations and modernsation of station infrastructure, will be included in the ticket as it is done in the case of air travel.
“We are going to keep a very small amount for the user charge. We will issue a notification for the user charge for stations including where existing ones are being redeveloped and also those which are not being redeveloped. When the redevelopment of the stations gets completed the user fee will go to the concessionaires and till then the collected user fee will be utilised by railways for providing better facilities to passengers across stations,” railway board CEO and chairman V K Yadav said.
He added the charge will be affordable and won’t pinch the passengers. Yadav said it was important as the Indian Railways is focusing on providing world class facilities.
Responding to a specific question whether this fee will be collected at all railway stations, Yadav said there are about 7,000 stations on the Indian Railways network and the user fee will be levied at barely 10-15% of the stations where the footfall is projected to increase in the next five years. Going by that calculation, the number of such potential stations would be between 700 and 1,000.
Earlier, railway officials had told reporters at several press meets that the user fee would be charged only at developed stations.
A ministry spokesperson said, “The value of the benefits will outweigh the minimalistic user fee when paid.” He added this will be done in a phased manner and bringing 10-15% stations under this scheme is the final possibility.
In a written reply, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal had told Lok Sabha on Wednesday, “A Group of Secretaries (GoS) was constituted for redevelopment and modernisation of railway stations to provide better safety, passenger amenities and services. The GoS interalia suggested the levy of a nominal user fee for redevelopment of stations, which is presently under consideration.”
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50867.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
When it comes to extracting money from public, this go nment is superb!
Loot is going on...
Moron had money to build statues and renovate his headquarter? Poor People suffering
NO GOVT CAN MATCH THE ABILLTY OF EXTRACTING EVERY POUND OF THE COMMON MAN'S FLESH WITH THAT OF THE CURRENT GOVT WITH ITS BRUTAL MAJORIYY.
This is called nation building, squeezing the poor and filling the Ambanis and Adanis.
Piyush goyel should start its employee begging at all railway station across India, this way railway will be in profit, and there is no other way out as per BJP
Govt should also levy triple tax on andh bhakts for spreading hatred in the country..The tax should be named anti idiotic cess
Truth Be Told
nobody in our country wants anything free. common people are willing to pay reasonable charge for the facilities & comfort they get. it is politicians who want everything free, they should behave like common people.
Let's wait and see the final developments in the matter.
First at the name of Swatch Bharat tax they looted now they are looting on the name of User fee.. shameless Modi and all corrupt ministers
Hindutva go nment is showing its ugly face.
Modi did what Congress didn't in 70 years.
How much money they collected in PM care fund ?
People will pay for their mistake of selecting this Govt now. And many more will come..... Its fate of Indians.
This feku govt just keeps finding new ways to cheat and squeeze money from ordinary people while andhbhakts continue to sing the praises of the dhongi babas
BJP is looting people one way or the other, under Modi's leadership this is not the same party as the one which had Vajpayee as PM, that party & those people are gone forever, Modi is a blemish & a dark spot on BJP
Will, it actually goes for the development of station
Why not say increase in ticket fare
If this BJP party comes to power again, train ticket fare will be equal to air ticket, ????
We dont have money to spend on essential infrastructure..but can build statues and go nment buildings ( read parliament house)
Bankrupt Railways has to earn money somehow. BJP couldn't figure out what to do with it.