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Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto passengers will have to shell out more as rail fares go up

Passengers will have to shell out more for travelling in Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains from Thursday as Railways has increased catering charges in these premier trains by about two to four per cent.

The revision in food tariff, which is included in the total fare in premier trains, also comes with a revised menu.

This is the second hike for premier service passengers in the last 10 days as Railways had hiked passenger fares by two per cent for all trains effective from 7 October by linking the fare structure with the fuel adjustment component.

Those who have purchased tickets earlier will have to pay the difference in the fare to TTEs in trains from 17 October, a senior railway ministry official said.

The second class AC fare from here to Thiruvananthapuram will now cost Rs 4,289 instead of Rs 3,980 while in the Madras Rajdhani, the existing fare of Rs 3,285 for Chennai has been increased to Rs 3,385.

The catering charge in premier trains has been increased after 14 years, as it was last revised in 1999.

According to the revised fare, a passenger will have to pay Rs 2,510 instead of Rs 2,435 for AC II ticket in Mumbai Rajdhani. In Howrah Rajdhani, the AC II fare has been increased from Rs 2,490 to Rs 2,554.

The tariff has been hiked by Rs 14 only, from here to Bhubaneswar in Bhubaneswar Rajdhani but in the return journey, a passenger will have to pay Rs 87 more than previous fare.
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