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TATKAL FARES IN SPECIAL TRAIN

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TRICHY: Railways’ decision to implement a tatkal scheme for the new Yeswantpur-Trichy

train has drawn the ire of passengers and rail users association, who dubbed the move illogical and unfair.

They urged the authorities to set a reasonable fare for the special train which will be operated on December 29, 2018, and January 13, 2019. The train (no: 06537/06536) is available only for tatkal booking meaning 30 % of the basic fare will be charged extra with senior citizens not enjoying any concession.

The fare in the existing Mayiladurai-Mysore Express night train from Trichy to Bangalore is Rs 255 for sleeper class (ordinary sleeper berth) and Rs 685 in the AC 3-tier class. For male senior citizens, it is Rs 165 for sleeper class and Rs 430 for AC 3-tier, said S Pushpavanam, secretary of consumer protection council,Tamil Nadu.

“In the new day train, it is Rs 170 for second class seats and Rs 715 for AC chair car. There is no discount rates are availabel for senior citizens as tatkal fare will not come with concession,” he said.

Tatkal was introduced in 1997 across 100 trains to provide berths for passengers who want to travel at a short notice. The reservation for tatkal can be done only a day earlier. Allowing people to book tickets on December 24 for trains departing on December 29 and January 13 is against the rule and defeats its very purpose. He said calling it tatkal train is unfair and illogical.

As there is a demand and people are desperate to travel to Bangalore by any means, the new move will help exploit the optionless passengers. The seats in AC Chair car (153) and ordinary second class seats (721) are available aplenty even on December 26 night, he said.

“This means there is a consumer resistance agasint the high fare. The Railways authorities should know it and fix a reasonable fare for these special trains and fix regular fare for these trains when they become regular bi-weekly,” Pushpavanam said.

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