Kopar Khairane
National

In the last seven years, kid travelers have brought in nearly Rs 2,800 crore for the railways: RTI

<p>After modifying the child travel fee standards, the Indian Railways made nearly Rs 2,800 crore from passengers who were under the age of 18, according to a response to an RTI.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-191725″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-in-the-last-seven-years-kid-travelers-have-brought-in-nearly-rs-2800-crore-for-the.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com in the last seven years kid travelers have brought in nearly rs 2800 crore for the” width=”932″ height=”620″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-in-the-last-seven-years-kid-travelers-have-brought-in-nearly-rs-2800-crore-for-the.jpg 275w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-in-the-last-seven-years-kid-travelers-have-brought-in-nearly-rs-2800-crore-for-the-150×100.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 932px) 100vw, 932px” title=”In the last seven years, kid travelers have brought in nearly Rs 2,800 crore for the railways: RTI 9″></p>
<p>The answer from the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act indicated that the railroads made Rs 560 crore from the change in standards alone for the financial year 2022–23, making it the most lucrative year.</p>
<p>It should be mentioned that the Ministry of Railways declared on March 31, 2016, that if children aged 5 and below choose separate berths or seats in a reserved carriage, the full adult ticket would begin to apply.</p>
<p>The modified standard becomes effective on April 21, 2016. Previously, separate berths for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 could be purchased for half the cost of the trip.</p>
<p>If they can fit on the seat of the accompanying adult, children in the aforementioned age range are nevertheless permitted to travel for half the regular ticket.</p>
<p>In the previous seven years, over 3.6 crore children were discovered to have traveled for half the price without choosing a reserved seat or coach, according to data supplied by the CRIS, whereas over 10 crore youngsters chose a separate berth/seat and paid the full fee.</p>
<p>The Ministry of Railways’ CRIS organization provided statistics in tabular form for two types of children depending on their tariff selections from the 2016–17 fiscal year through the 2022–23 fiscal year.</p>
<p>The railroads recently sent orders to all of its zones to keep all mail and express trains on schedule and on time across the network. The railway authority has ordered that officials be stationed at important ports for 24-hour oversight of the trains’ punctuality.</p>
<p>The development occurs as MPs go by rail to New Delhi for the extraordinary session of Parliament.</p>
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