Calcutta, Oct. 9: Youth activists of the Trinamul Congress will hit the streets on Sashthi afternoon to protest the Centre’s decision to hike railway fares.
Trinamul Youth Congress activists and some senior leaders will participate in the protest march from Sealdah station to the Eastern Railway headquarters at Fairlie Place.
Former railway minister and Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy said railway passengers should not pay the extra fare as they had booked in advance for travelling in the festive season.
“The Centre’s decision to hike passenger fares ahead of the festive season is unethical and illegal. They have not placed it in the budget. We are telling passengers not to pay the excess amount if they travel during the Pujas. This is another burden on the people imposed by the Centre,” Roy told a news conference at Trinamul Bhavan.
Last week, the railways announced a 2 per cent hike for all classes. The move came into effect from October 7 and is applicable to tickets issued before that date.
According to railway rules, passengers who had booked tickets before the announcement will have to pay the due amount on the train.
He demanded that the railways not penalise passengers who cannot pay the excess fare because of the hike.
Referring to Metro Railway’s plan to hike fares, Roy said: “These hikes will further inconvenience people.”