Train seat booking fares up

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The railway seat reservation fare will increase by at least 10 to 15 per cent to match the ordinary train fare increases that took place on 23 July, Dhammika Jayasundara, General Manager of the Railways Department said.

Accordingly, the new rail rate would take effect from tomorrow (1).

Due to the losses sustained as a result of the fuel price increase, the Department of Railways increased seat reservation fees by 33 per cent beginning 1 June.

He said some of the typical train prices had been increased more than a normal train seat reservation fare, which is not normal.

According to the Gazette Notification, the minimum ordinary train fare was raised from Rs 10 to Rs. 20 concurrent with the modification of passenger train fares, freight railway fares were revised.

BY Thameenah Razeek