Reports of hike in fares during festival season misleading, clarifies Indian Railways

The fares of these trains will be similar to those applicable for special trains, which means 'special charges' will be levied making the tickets costlier by 10-30 per cent as compared to the fares of mail/express trains, depending on the class of...

The Indian Railways, on Thursday, said that fares for special trains introduced to ease festive rush are in line with government rules after news reports suggested that the passenger fares for such trains were being raised.

"News regarding hike in rail passenger fare during festival season is misleading & erroneous. As per rules, the fare for special trains run during peak demand seasons like the festival season, the summer holiday season is different & higher than regular mail/express time-tabled trains,” a statement from the Railways said.

The Railways will be operating 392 festival special trains between October 20 and November 30 in view of the festive season.


The fares of these trains are similar to those applicable for special trains, which means 'special charges' will are being levied making the tickets costlier by 10-30 per cent as compared to the fares of mail/express trains, depending on the class of travel.

The special trains will be run for destinations such as Kolkata, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow among others to cater to the growing demand during the ensuing holiday period of Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Chhatt puja, it said.

Till now, the railways has pressed into service 666 mail/express special trains which are now running regularly across the country. Additionally some suburban services are also being operated in Mumbai as well as certain services of the Kolkata Metro.
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These new festival special trains, however, will operate only till November 30 and will not have a continued run, officials said.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the Railway Board said these festival special trains will be operated at a speed of 55 kmph.

The Railways suspended all its regular services due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, and is operating trains as per demand and necessity.

Since May 12, Indian Railways has been running limited special trains to help stranded people across the country to reach their homes in different states.
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It started with 15 pairs of premium Rajdhani special trains connecting Delhi with different parts of the country, followed by 100 pairs of long-distance trains on June 1. It also started 80 trains additionally on September 12.
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