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Hike upsets people
- ‘Sudden’ revision of train fare disappoints passengers, Nitish decries tradition

The Centre’s decision to hike railway fares on Friday did not go down well with residents.

The revised fares would be effective from June 25.

Mohammad Bashir, a 32-year-old Sabzibagh resident about to catch a train to Delhi on Friday, said: “The sudden hike in the railway passenger fares is not welcoming and would add to our burden. This would not send a good message to the people. The fare should be cut, not hiked.”

Rajdhani fares have increased by Rs 467 (AC 1), Rs 281 (AC 2) and Rs 203 (AC 3).

Sumit Sagar, 26-year-old MBA graduate, said: “The new government has just finished one month in power at the Centre and has started showing its true colours. The decision is not in the favour of the people, especially students. The government wants to hike the fare because the railways are facing a deficit.”

A note from the railways state the passenger fares and freight charges have been revised as part of the interim budget presented by UPA-II. The implementation was withdrawn because of the elections, it added.

Exhibition Road resident Moti Lal Rungta said: “When I voted for the BJP, I thought I would soon hear good news. I never expected this.”

Nitish Kumar, a former railway minister, attacked the Narendra Modi government for promoting a bad tradition of announcing hike in fares before presentation of the railway budget in Parliament.

“They are promising the country that acche deen aa gaye hain (good days have come) and promoting a bad tradition,” he said.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad also slammed the decision and said: “The Modi government is sucking on the blood of the common people. The BJP has fooled the people with promises of acche din.”


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