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Posted at: Mar 14, 2018, 12:49 AM; last updated: Mar 14, 2018, 12:49 AM (IST)

Increase in Railway Fares.


PANDIT Madan Mohan Malviya moved an important resolution in the Imperial Legislative Council on the subject of the increase in railway fares. He suggested that the enhancements made during 1917 in the rate of fares should now be withdrawn in view of the increase in the earnings of the railways. The third class passengers contributed largely to the earnings of the railway, and as there was a large surplus in the hands of the Government, there was no reason why the hardships imposed on the poorer people were great, but contended, first, that those hardships were less than these suffered by corresponding classes in other countries, and secondly that the fares had only been increased with a view to reducing the traffic, the railways being incapable, without such reduction, of coping with the demand made on them to meet the requirements of the war.


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