India's railway budget for 2012-13
India's railway budget for 2012-13
New Delhi: While replying to the Rail Budget 2012-13 in the Lok Sabha today, Railway Minister Mukul Roy announced a partial rollback in the fare hike in the sleeper, suburban, ordinary second class, AC Chair Car and AC 3-tier classes as announced by former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on March 14.

The rollback is in keeping with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s stand that the hike announced by Trivedi was going to impact the common man.

However, Roy did not touch the fares of AC 2-tier, First Class and AC I.

Earlier, Trivedi had proposed to hike the passenger fares by 2 paise per km for suburban and ordinary second class; 3 paise per km for mail/express second class; 5 paise per km for sleeper class; 10 paise per km for AC Chair Car, AC 3-tier and First Class; 15 paise per km for AC 2-tier and 30 paise per km for AC I and to raise the price of the platform tickets to Rs 5 from Rs 3 while presenting the Railway Budget last week.

Trivedi had raised railway passenger fares last week, for the first time in a decade.

Following Trivedi’s announcement of hike in rail fares, Trinamool went against its own Minister and Trivedi had to submit his resignation.