Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, has criticised the recent hike in the train ticket fare through indirect methods and doing away with the concession of telescopic fare and called upon the Railway Minister, Laloo Prasad Yadav to withdraw the measures with immediate effect.

In a communication to the Railway Minister, the Secretary, Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, S. Pushpavanam said following the decision of the Railways to dispense with the concession of telescopic fare, the fare for the journey involving two trains would be calculated as two different journeys. Any long journey always involved more than one train, due to non-availability of a direct train connectivity. The passengers travelling long distance using two trains will have to pay additional sum ranging between Rs. 150 and Rs. 300 and this would cause much hardship to various sections of the society.

Prof. Pushpavanam also expressed shock at the decision of the Railways to charge Rs. 10 for return journey bookings.

The very purpose of computerising the reservation and connecting it to all the other passenger reservation centres is to make reservation hassle-free and to give the facility of booking tickets to any destination. Now one has to pay Rs.10 for making return journey bookings.

This amounted to penalizing the passengers, he said.

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