Rail Budget: Relief for passengers 'no steep hike in fares'


New Delhi, Mar 14: There will be no steep hike in fares, said Dinesh Trivedi, Railway Minister, while presenting the Rail Budget in the parliament on Wednesday.

Talking about the hike in fares he said that the railways will see Rs 2p/km for suburban passengers, Rs 5p/km for sleeper class, Rs 10p/km for 3AC including chair and Rs 15p/km for 1AC in passenger fares in the last 10 years.

He also announced 75 new Express trains, 21 passenger trains, including 75 new services in Mumbai suburban rail network, while presenting Rail Budget.

He emphasised over the safety of and modernisation of railways.

"My focus will be safe safety, safety, safety," said Trivedi.

"I vow to target zero deaths," he said.

"I also propose to set up an independent railway safety authority, as recommended by an expert group headed by the former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar," he said.

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