Indian Railways confused over losing 150 million passengers despite no hike in fares

Source:  www.ibtimes.co.in

The Indian Railways saw a sharp fall in passenger traffic by 150 million during the April to August period this year, puzzling the railway ministry to ascertain reasons for the decline even though there was no hike in fares.

The Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Manoj Sinha was surprised to note the fall in passenger numbers at the General Managers’ (GMs) meeting held on 15 September.

“The trains are always full. You cannot get a reservation. Then how can you say the number of passengers travelling in trains is going down. There must be something wrong with the numbers,” he is believed to have said at the meeting.

The Railways saw 3.42 billion passengers travelling by trains between April and August this year, compared to 3.57 billion during the same period last year. Factoring the fall, the ministry estimates the overall number of passengers to come down by about 5% in 2015-16.

Following the meeting, AK Mittal, chairman, Railway Board, has sent a letter to all the zonal GMs to find out the reasons behind the drop in passenger count. More info

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