Sunday, 11 September 2016

"Humsafar" trains will be open for passengers in next month with 20% hike in fares

"Humsafar" train will be open for passengers in next month with  20% hike in fares i.e 20% extra cost than normal mail and Express trains. It has only AC 3 coaches likely to be launched between New Delhi and Gorakhpur.

It is a special train for intercity overnight journey with many extra features which is normally not available in normal AC 3 coaches, said by official.

CCTV, GPS-based passenger information system, fire and smoke detection and suppression system and mobile, laptop charging points with every berth are some of the features on Humsafar trains.

Besides, Humsafar will have improved aesthetics with new interior and exterior colour
scheme presenting a futuristic look with the use of vinyl sheets similar to Maharaja Express coaches. It will also have integrated braille displays. 

"Since the train is a special class service with many modern facilities, it has cost more to railways. So the fare will accordingly be on the higher side to match the additional cost," said the official.

Asked about the quantum of increase in fare, the official said, "The fare structure has not been firmed up yet and is being worked out. "Pressed further, he said fare should not exceed beyond 20 per cent of normal Mail/Express fare on the route where Humsafar service will be pressed into.

The official said Humsafar will be launched as overnight inter-city service on high-demand routes and some of the destinations have been identified. Indian Railway recently introduced dynamic surge fares on Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains from September 9, drawing criticism from opposition party.

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