THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said the Centre’s decision to hike train fare during heavy rush in train will only result in the looting of people.
He also requested the government to roll back the decision. “Though the new fare will be applicable to Rajadhani, Duronto and Shathabdi Express, in course of time, it will also become applicable to other trains. Only ten percent of the people who book initially will be able to travel on normal fare. For others, there will be a proportionate increase in the fare for every ten percent of subsequent bookings. In effect, a majority of passengers will have to pay 50 per cent more than the normal rate,” he said.
Chennithala alleged that the Railways has been trying to squeeze money out of people, without developing its basic infrastructure. “It has brought about fare hike through back-door decisions and without declaring it in the budget. Malayalis are the ones who are going to be affected mostly, especially during Onam season.”