Indian Railways Has Increased Fares To Discourage Passengers From Travelling: But Why?
The Indian Railways has confirmed that they have increased the tickets of railway, and this has come just days after Congress has accused the government of hiking rail fares.
Has Indian Railways truly increased the price of fares to discourage passengers from traveling? Read on to find out!
Indian Railways Increases Fare Of Short Distance Passenger Trains; Here’s Why
The Indian Railways has increased the fares of short distance passenger trains. The reason cited for this is to discourage people from travel that is not very necessary.
A Railway Ministry spokesperson has said that there have been reports in the section of media about a high price charged from the ones traveling in passenger trains over small distances.
He has also said that the Railways has increased the higher fares for passenger and other short distance trains that had been introduced. As per the statement this has been done in order to “discourage people from avoidable travels and those which are not most necessary.”
He has also stated that these fares are decided at an unreserved price of mail or express trains for the same distance.
Given that the Chinese virus has still not disappeares, he has said, “Visitors from many states are being subjected to screening in other areas and discouraged to travel. Little higher price is be seen as pro-active measure of railways to prevent crowding in trains and stop Covid from spreading.”
The operations of regular service were halted last year March 22 by the national transporter, due to the lockdown that was imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19 disease.
More Trains Are In The Pipeline; Consultations Underway
As per the spokesperson, the Indian Railways had ket 65% of the mail or express trains and over 90 per cent of suburban services functioning during the lockdown as well as compared to the pre-lockdown times.
As of now, a total of 1,250 mail or express tains, 5,350 suburban services, and more than 326 passenger trains are presently in operation on average on a daily basis.
He stated that short distance passenger trains running presently make up for 3 percent of total trains. Also, more such trains are in the pipeline and consultations with the state governments are underway.
The spokesperson has also said that after mail or express trains have been introduced despite the presence of the prevailing Covid situation. Also, the Indian Railways is slowly operationalizing passenger trains by implementing all the necessary measures and efforts.
Apparently, the health situation of states and the views of the governments have to be taken into account.