Railway passengers may have to shell out an additional ₹10- ₹35 for their ticket fares as user charges for availing redeveloped stations with state of the art amenities and to help the national transporter in raising funds for redeveloping more stations, sources indicated.
This is part of a proposal being finalized by the Railways which will soon be sent for Cabinet nod, the sources said.
The user fee, the sources said, will vary according to the class — it would range between ₹10 and ₹35 with the higher price for AC first-class passengers.
The Railways had earlier clarified that user fee would be levied only across stations which will be redeveloped and those that have high footfalls.
Of the 7,000 total railway stations in the country, around 700-1,000 fall in this category, it had said.This is the first time that such a fee, which is levied on air passengers, will be charged from rail users.
UDF is charged at various airports and the rate varies from city to city.
He had added that the Centre will soon issue a notification regarding the user charges for the stations..