15 % train fare hike not on previous fare but on fare per kilometer: Railway dep.

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Clearing the confusion prevailing among the train commuters with regard to the train-fare revision from today, Railways Deputy Commercial Superintendent N.J. Indipola said the 15 per cent increase was based on the train fare per kilometre and not on the current fare.

“The previous fare charged per kilometer was Rs.4.20 for the first class, Rs.2.30 for second class and Rs.1.30 for a third class. The 15 per cent increase has been calculated based on this fare for the three classes. If the fare when calculated, for example comes to between Rs.10.50 and Rs.14.50 it will be rounded up to Rs.15,” he said.

He said the fares have been rounded up to avoid the issuance of small change.

When asked if it was unfair for the commuters, he said the same procedure was adopted even when the prices were last reviewed in 2008.

“If the fare includes a figure with cents, it creates issues for both commuters and railway officials,” he said.

When asked about the issuance of the train tickets at the previous prices, Mr. Indipola said they would be issued until the old stocks lasted.

Train commuters complained that their train fares had been increased by more than 15 per cent despite the media reports that the fare would be increased by 15 per cent. (Ajith Siriwardana and Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Ranil Siripala Monday, 01 October 2018 04:33 PM

    Gotcha..!!

    Mahi Monday, 01 October 2018 04:39 PM

    Season ticket of 240 is increased to 360, is this 15%? Where these guys went to school?

    Sisili Bisili Monday, 01 October 2018 05:19 PM

    Great. Now they can bring those chairs. Anyway after all the salaries of MPs have been increased now they can impose huge burden on the general public.

    Kumar Tuesday, 02 October 2018 03:39 PM

    Rail fair ticket increase is just another example of the good governance robbing and lying to the people. The Cabenet of minster and the rail department have taken the Sri Lanken people to be fools who do not know how to do mathematics. Lets take an example Colombo Gampaha the old ticket rate was Rs 25 and the Distance 28 km. From this we can find the real rate is not 1.30 for a 3 class ticket but approximately 0.90 cents per km.The new rate the GOSL has applied for a 3ad class ticket per km is Rs. 1.40. Hence the cost of a ticket is Rs 40/=.Since the old cost per Km was 0.90 the actual percentage increase is 60%.The is another example of a week and incompetent Government and of course a railway department whose management appears to be staffed by school dropouts.This is a scandal is of bound scam portions, based on the burden that it puts on people. The Minister of Transport and Minister of Finance should at the very least apologies to the people for misleading them or resign.


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