After petrol price hike now rail fares in pipeline

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New Delhi, Nov 8: The Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Tuesday (today) made it clear that there will be a revision of passenger rail fares in view of the fact that there has been no major hike in passenger fares in the past seven years.

"Everything has become costly, salaries have also increased…we have 15 lakh employees, have to give salaries to them, it (hike in fares) is being contemplated upon," he said.

Meanwhile, railways did not take the final decision on the fare hike yet but reports said that train tickets would get costly from as early as January 2012.

The move has come after a hike in domestic air travel as much as 15-20% in the ongoing festive season. The one way Delhi-Bangalore air ticket now cost Rs 6,500 as against earlier normal price of Rs 4,000. Same way flying to Hyderabad fron New Delhi now it cost of Rs 6,000 as aginst earlier price Rs 4.500. The steep raise in air fare is being attributed to robust demand. But surely spells trouble for the budget traveller.

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