March 22, 2023

Railways notify Station Development Fee, tickets to become costlier from redeveloped stations | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Railway Board has approved the Station Development Fee (SDF) or user fee ranging between Rs 10 and Rs 50 for boarding trains from stations that have been redeveloped or will be redeveloped in the near future.
Similar charges will also be levied for de-boarding the trains at similar stations that have been revamped or will be revamped.
This fee will be automatically added to the fare while booking tickets as it is done in the case of booking of flight tickets. The user fee would be in three categories, higher for all AC Classes (Rs 50), less for Sleeper Class (Rs 25) and minimum of Rs 10 for unreserved class. There will be no such fee for suburban rail journeys. TOI on October 7 had first reported this.
According to the notification, the Station Development units of Zonal Railways will intimate the commercial units for stations developed or redeveloped with specific date from which the SDF charges will be collected and this must be done 120 days in advance.
The platform tickets at these stations will also be costlier by Rs 10.
The Railway Board notified the new regime on December 31, which will be an assured source of revenue for the private players who will develop these stations and the ministry hopes this will encourage more private players to bid for these projects. In the case of public funded projects, the revenue will come to the railways.
The levy of the user fee will mean the train fare will increase. For example, if a passenger books a ticket from New Delhi to Mumbai, then the ticket price would include the user fee of both stations. However, if a passenger books a ticket from a smaller station to New Delhi or Mumbai, then the user fee would be 50% of the normal charge.
Sources said to begin with the railways may roll out the user fee regime at 50 stations.

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