Rail e-tickets to cost more

Railway passengers buying e-tickets will have to shell out more from April with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) deciding to pass on the service tax burden to them.

At present, the IRCTC charges Rs 10 per e-ticket for sleeper class and second sitting and Rs 20 for all other classes irrespective of the number of passengers. A maximum of six passengers can be booked per e-ticket.

A senior IRCTC official said, “We had been bearing the burden of service tax since July this fiscal. We have been paying Rs 1.20 for sleeper class and Rs 2.40 for AC classes per ticket and from April passengers will have to bear this.”

According to estimates, the IRCTC will be paying around Rs 18 crore to the government’s service tax kitty this fiscal.

Although the rail budget did not increase the base fare after a 21 per cent hike in January, passengers will have to pay more for supplementary charges such as reservation fees, cancellation charges and Tatkal reservation fees. The change in supplementary charges will result in the railways earning an additional revenue of Rs 483 crore.

Published in: on March 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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