There is big news for passengers travelling long distances by trains run by diesel engines. In fact, now these passengers may have to pay more money. In fact, according to the information received recently, this additional fare will be added to the train journey at the time of booking tickets from April 15. According to reports, the Railway Board is planning to impose hydrocarbon surcharge (HCS) or diesel tax between Rs 10 and Rs 50 on passengers travelling in trains run by diesel engines. It is being said that this surcharge will be applicable to those trains which will run more than half the distance using diesel engines.
Yes and this is being done to reduce the impact of fuel imports, which has been severely affected by the rising cost of oil. Let us tell everyone that rs 50 for AC class, Rs 25 for sleeper class and minimum rs 10 for general class will be charged under three categories. On the other hand, no such surcharge will be levied on suburban train travel tickets. Recently, the Railway Board has directed all zones to identify trains that run on diesel 50 per cent of the prescribed distance. Yes and this list is to be revised every three months, though there is no clarity yet on imposing surcharge on tickets booked before April 15.
Let us tell you all that in view of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine at this time and the escalation of clashes between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the impact of global oil prices is being felt on global oil prices. These prices have reached record highs at present. Despite India importing oil from Russia at concessional prices, there is a shortage of supplies and consumer fuel prices in the country have reached record levels with fuel prices rising for 12 consecutive days.
On the other hand, hcs surcharge will also be used for the ongoing power campaign of Indian Railways. Railways is on a mission mode to electrify its entire broad gauge network to provide environment-friendly, green and clean transport to the public under the national transporter 'Mission 100 percent electrification – Net Zero Carbon Emissions' scheme. It is being said that this increase in user fee will mean that the final fare of the train will increase. However, the Railway Board is trying to increase the total fare by adding surcharge, cutting concessions or reducing comfort and amenities without touching the basic fare.