New Delhi. The central government is modernizing railway stations, for which contracts are being given to big companies. The government will recover its money from the railway passengers. For this, preparations are being made to levy railway station development fee. It is being told that there will be a fee ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 50. This will increase the rail fare. Keep in mind that the platform ticket prices have already been increased manifold. It is also reported that the stations which have been given to private companies will be charged user charges like airports. Railway station development charged
However, it is reported that Indian Railways is planning to charge Rs 10 to Rs 50 as station development fee on passengers boarding or deboarding at the redeveloped stations. Officials have said that charges are likely to be added to train tickets during booking, but this will be done only after the re-developed stations become operational.
The station development fee will be divided into three categories. A fee of Rs 50 will be levied for all AC class, Rs 25 for sleeper class and Rs 10 for non-reservation class. No station development fee will be charged for suburban rail travel. It has been said by the Railways that platform tickets at these stations will also be costlier by Rs 10. The station development fee will be charged from the passengers boarding and disembarking from the redeveloped station. The development fee will be uniform across all such stations and will be charged as a separate component and applicable GST, for which separate guidelines will be issued.