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No rollback in rail fare hike, says Bansal


AGENCIES | Chandigarh, January 14, 2013 18:00
Tags : Rail fare hike | Pawan Kumar Bansal | Rollback |

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal Monday said the recent hike in rail fares was long overdue and there would no rollback.
"There will be no rollback (of the recent hike). It was over-delayed," he told reporters here after flagging off a new Shatabdi train between Chandigarh and New Delhi.
Justifying the increase in fares which would help the Railways mop up Rs 1,200 crore within 10 weeks, Bansal said the hike had come after a long gap.
There was no political reason behind the hike, effective from January 22, ahead of the Railway Budget which would be presented on February 26, he said.
"The hike will help the Railways mop up Rs 1,200 crore in a short period (till March 31 this year)," Bansal said.
If the hike was to be announced at the time of the Rail Budget, it would have been effective from April one this year, he pointed out.
A major amount of Rs 1,200 crore would be spent on security and safety of passengers and railway property, he said.
A part of the amount would also be spent on a special cleanliness drive for which 100 railway stations, including Chandigarh, had been shortlisted, Bansal said.
The minister evaded a direct reply when asked whether there would be further hike in fares during the presentation of the Railway Budget next month.
On ensuring security for women in trains, the minister said it would not be possible to provide lady constables in each of the 51,000 coaches that the Indian Railways run.
However, he said steps had been taken to sensitise the male constabulary regarding this very important aspect.
It would be ensured that no male passenger boards the compartments reserved exclusively for women, the minister said.
"Wherever possible we shall deploy women constables in trains," the Minister said.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017