New Delhi Referring to the Kovid-1p epidemic, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told Parliament on Wednesday that several special trains with special charges have been launched to meet the additional demand in various sectors.
He was answering a question about the increase in train ticket fares.
He said the national transporter has earned ₹12,409.49 crore as passenger earnings between April, 2020 and February, 2021 as compared to 2020 ₹48,809.40 crore for the same period last year.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Goel said that due to COVID-19, the regular train service is running as a special fare for regular term trains considering the health consultant.
“During the Covid period, passenger demand was not the same as in other sectors. Special train fares at applicable special charges were introduced. Some special trains with special charges were introduced to meet the additional demand in different sectors as per the previously announced fares.
“Furthermore, Hon’ble Damaged Second Class has been declared as Reserved Second Class in view of the epidemic situation. The fare of short distance trains under COVID-19 protocol depends on the classification of the train. Said.
In response to a separate question, Goel said that the cost of running the railways from March 2020 to February 2021 ₹1,34,361 crore including March 2020 expenditure)
In response to a question on the revenue generated by IRCTC, Goyal said that the e-ticketing website of the railways has earned its revenue in the years 201-201-2019. ₹32,070 crore, in 2019-20, ₹34,055 crore and the amount of income decreased ₹14,915 crore from 2020-21 to February.
He further said, ‘E-payment facility is provided to freight customers for collection of freight charges and collection of wagon registration fees. He said the collection of rental charges through pocket has risen from 76.16 per cent financially last year (2012-20) to 833.7777 per cent in the current financial year (2020-21), he said.