Brace up for hike in rail ticket prices as govt to levy user fee on stations like airports
New Delhi: Government is planning to levy ‘user fee’ on around 125 railways stations across the country, just like it is levied on many airports. The user fee will be added to the rail ticket cost and passengers will have t pay the total price when they book tickets, government said in a statement.
The government is working on a plan to upgrade and modernize railway stations by adding a number of services, improve the toilets and sanitations, add food and beverage outlets and increase the dormitory capacities. The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is working on upgrade of 62 stations. Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation is looking at improving another 61 stations. These stations will be upgraded in a phased manner.
These stations will be modernized on PPP mode with private players. In the first phase, stations New Delhi, Dehradun, Puducherry, Nellore and Tirupati will be improved. The New Delhi station is projected to be improved with an investment of Rs 6,500 crore and the works will be completed in about four years. Similarly, other staions will also be upgraded with private concessionaires on Design-Build Finance Operate Transfer basis.