To increase its earnings amid the Corona crisis, the Indian Railways is preparing to give a big blow to the Passengers. Indian Railways is deciding to increase platform ticket prices at certain stations in the country. At present, the price of a platform ticket for most railway stations is Rs 10, which will be doubled to Rs 20. Apart from this, preparations are also being made to implement the Users Development Fee Scheme (UDF Scheme). It is being told that in November 2020, UDF will be implemented at 121 stations in the country. The platform ticket price will be increased at these stations.
Railway Board Chairman and CEO Vinod Kumar Yadav (V K Yadav) had said on September 18 that, like the user charge being levied at the airports, the passengers will be charged at some railway stations. Indian Railways had said that 10 to 15 percent of the total railway stations will be charged at the user stations. Also, Yadav said that the footfall of passengers will be increased at 1050 stations. The footfall will be rebuilt to increase the capacity of the stations. A user charge will be charged at these stations. Explain that there are about 7,000 railway stations across the country.
Indian Railways is currently undertaking rapid re-development in collaboration with private companies. These stations are being cleaned, renovated, beautified, maintained, developed by private companies. Private companies will invest Rs 50 thousand crores in re-development of stations. User fees have also been included in the bidding document to attract more investment. User fees for Nagpur, Nellore, Puducherry, Dehradun, Gwalior stations are being included in the proposal. It is being told that the train ticket fare for these stations will also be increased. The user's charge will be initially implemented at 121 stations.