Hike likely in price of Garib Rath tickets

Bedroll kits could soon be included in the ticket price of the Garib Rath Express, but it could cost significantly more with the railways considering a hike from the ₹25 fixed over a decade ago, senior officials said.

The review, in keeping with the rise in cost of maintaining the linen, is likely to be applicable in other trains as well, the officials said. The rethink follows a note from the office of the deputy Comptroller and Auditor General, asking why a revision had not taken place for the “poor man’s chariot”.

Presently, the Railways supplies bedroll kits in all its air-conditioned coaches and their prices are included in the ticket fare. However, this does not hold for Garib Rath and Duronto trains, where passengers can book kits while buying tickets at the same rate.

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