SEASON TICKER FARE HIKE : TRAVEL MAY GET DEARER
|Fare Hike : Mumbai Local Trains|
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|