Mumbai : Western Railway plans Train Fare Hike

SEASON TICKER FARE HIKE : TRAVEL MAY GET DEARER 


Fist Class Monthly Pass hike : 47%  - Second Class hike : 38%

Western Railway is planning a hike of up to 47% in its first class season tickets and up to 38% in the Second class pass fares to make up for the Rs.1400 Crore loss logged by its suburban system last fiscal, a famous News Paper reported. Also with the minimum fare slab being 1-9 km, there is a proposal to split it into two - Slabs of 1-5km and 5-10km.
Mumbai Local Trains : Fare
Fare Hike : Mumbai Local Trains

The rationalization of fares must be approved by the Railway Board. If the board clears the hike, a similar raise will be implemented  by Central Railway's Central Line and Harbour Line too.  The maximum hike in monthly pass fare for first class commute has been proposed on Western Railway's Churchgate - Dadar and Central Railway's CST-Matunga routes at 47%, followed by Churchgate-Malad and CST-Nahur at 38% for Western Railway's Churchgate -Vile Parle and Central Railway's CST-Ghatkopar routes, followed by Churchgate-Jogeshwari and CST-Kanjurmarg at 26%.

Over the past decade, any move to hike fares on the suburban railway systems has been shot down fearing flak from commuters and opposition parties. With only a few months to go for civic election in Mumbai, it remains to be seen if the proposal will get an approval. 

Fare rationalization is necessary to remove anomalies from the present structure. The fares of Mumbai's suburban trains are the cheapest in the world, though it is the city's lifeline, the official said. The minimum fare slab in the present structure is 1-9 km but Western Railway has now proposal , it will be split into two 1.5 km and 5-10 km. This is necessary as nearly 20% commuters travel in this 1-9 km slab." official added.

The official said rationalization of fare was also necessary because while some commuters benefited from the slab anomalies, there was a set of people who were shelling out more for a short ride. For example, a second - class monthly pass for Churchgate-Andheri (21 km) commute costs Rs 215, which is the same as that for the Churchgate - Bhayander route, a distance of 44 km. Under the proposed structure, a Churchgate-Bhayander second class commuter will have to pay Rs.265 for a monthly season ticket, similarly, the first class monthly season ticket for the route may now cost Rs.1045 as against the existing Rs.905. 

The western Railway official said fare anomalies exist on the Central Railway too. For example, a CST-Vikhroli (23 km) second class monthly pass holder pays Rs.215, which is same as that for CST to Thane (33 km). In the proposed fare structure, the CST-Thane monthly pass will cost Rs.250 as against the existing Rs.215.

With a maximum 47% fare increase, firs-class commuters are likely to be hit the most. A Churchgate - Dadar first class commuter may now have to pay Rs.500 for a monthly pass against the earlier Rs.340, which is 47% increase. The proposed increase will not be easy on second class commuters too. A second class monthly season ticket from Churchgate to Dadar is likely to cost 23% more at 160, as against the current Rs.130. The proposed revision will affect second-class card tickets too as the fares will rise by a maximum Rs.5. 

The Fare chart are following, showing the difference of Existing and Proposed fare

Destination from Churchgate/CST Distance (in km) Single Ticket (in Rs.) Existing to Proposed Monthly pass - Second Class (in Rs.) Existing to Proposed Monthly Pass - First Class ( in Rs.) Existing to Proposed
Mumbai Central/Byculla 1 to 5 5 to 5 100 - 340 -
Elphinstone / Dadar (CR) 6 to 10 5 to 10 100 to 120 340 to 500
Dadar (WR) / Matuga 11 to 15 10 to 10 130 to 160 485 to 600
Vile Parle/ Ghatkopar 16 to 20 10 to 15 130 to 180 565 to 700
Jogeshwari/Kanjurmarg 21 to 25 10 to 15 215 to 215 665 to 850
Malad/Nahur 26 to 30 10 to 15 215 to 240 665 to 920
Borivli / Thane 31 to 35 15 to 20 215 to 250 750 to 965
Mira Road / Mumbra 36 to 40 15 to 20 215 to 260 825 to 1000
Bhayander / Diva 41 to 45 15 to 20 215 to 265 905 to 1045
Naigaon / Thakurli 46 to 50 15 to 20 300 to 300 980 to 1200
Vasai Road / Kalyan 51 to 55 15 to 20 315 to 330 1095 to 1300
Virar / Ambernath 56 to 60 20 to 20 315 to 350 1175 to 1350

Western Railway is planning a hike of up to 47% in its first class season tickets and up to 38% in the Second class pass fares to make up for the Rs.1400 Crore loss logged by its suburban system last fiscal. Also with the minimum fare slab being 1-9 km, there is a proposal to split it into two - Slabs of 1-5km and 5-10km.

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