The increase in train fares has pinched frequent users of trains from the city.
While the second class fare to Delhi has risen by about Rs56, the rate for Mumbai has gone up by Rs28. For Karnavati Express - the train with the cheapest fare for Mumbai from Ahmedabad - there is an increase of Rs19.
The move has met with mixed reactions. While some feel that it was required as there was no hike for a decade, others feel that instead of passenger fares, freight rates should have gone up.
A frequent traveller, Anil Singh, who works in a private company, told DNA that the hike would pinch most users, especially those who travel to distant destinations.
“I am ready to pay even more to travel through train, if the services improve; the increase in fare should lead to better services,” said Ajit Patel, another frequent traveller.
The increase would affect more those travelling in air-conditioned coaches than in the sleeper class.
According to Rahul, a ticket agent, passengers who normally travel in upper classes might shift to lower ones.
However, the increase would not ebb the flow of passengers, he said, adding, “Even though the percentage of increase is high, it doesn’t pinch too much the passenger travelling in a second class coach.”
Over 50 trains connect Ahmedabad and Mumbai – among the highest between any two cities in the network of Western Railways. “These trains include both weekly and daily trains,” said a source, adding that there are around 90,000 passengers that throng Kalupur station on a daily basis.