Traveling by first-class compartment in Mumbai locals likely to get cheaper

Traveling by first-class compartment in Mumbai locals likely to get cheaper

In what can be called a move targeted to increase the footfall in the first-class section of local trains, the Indian Railways is awaiting to reduce the fares of first-class coaches' single and return journey tickets.

The decreased fares are expected to be approved by the Union railway minister by the end of Dec or early Jan. However, the fare organizes of season railway passes will not be changed.

The reduction in fares has a political side to it. The BJP, which is eyeing to grab power in the BMC by winning the civic elections that are planned early next year, has been believably pushing for the revised fares. The party recently organized a major event at Mumbai Central station during a function chaired by the Union minister of state for Raosaheb Danve. Many key leaders, including former CM Devendra Fadnavis, had attended the event.

The fares of the first-class compartment will be at par with those of the Metro trains finalized by (MMRDA) the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, and the (DMRC) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. However, the fares will be lesser than those of the single journey fares (AC) air-conditioned local trains.

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Senior Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) official said

"We have submitted a reduction in a fares of AC local trains along with revision of prices of single journey ticket for first class section. The fare arrange and the planning for its execution are being worked out in the ministry and a decision is come by December or January,"

In October, MRVC proposed restructuring fares and reducing them in a bid to profit passengers.

Subhash Gupta, president, Rail Yatri Parishad said

"Not many passengers travel by first class section. The fare reduction will increase the number of passengers travelling by the compartment. However, the season pass holders of the first class compartment could be impacted, during the peak hours. We expect the decision to be taken before BMC election that is slated to be held in January-February next year,"

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