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No hike in basic fares; reservation, tatkal charges raised

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Though the Railway Minister did not propose any increase in basic rail fares, the hike in reservation fees and supplementary charges will mean an increase of Rs 5 to Rs 25 in fares for all classes in superfast trains.

In the second class, while the reservation fee has been kept unchanged at Rs 15, the supplementary charges have been raised by Rs 5 to Rs 15.

For the sleeper class, reservation fee is untouched at Rs 20, but the supplementary charges is increased by Rs 10 to Rs 30.

For AC first and executive class, reservation fee will be increased by Rs 25 to Rs 60, while the supplementary charge will go up by Rs 25 to Rs 75.

Similarly, tatkal charges will go up by up to Rs 100.

In sleeper and AC Chair Car, tatkal charges is increased by Rs 25 and Rs 50 to Rs 175 and Rs 200 maximum, respectively. The same in AC-2 tier and executive will go up by Rs 100 to Rs 400.

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has also proposed raising the clerkage and the minimum cancellation charges by up to Rs 50.

While in second and sleeper class, the cancellation charges will go up by Rs 10 and Rs 20 to Rs 30 and Rs 60 respectively, such charges in AC Chair Car, AC-3 economy, AC-3 Tier will be increased by Rs 30 to Rs 90.

In AC first and executive class, the cancellation charges will increase by Rs 50 to Rs 120.



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