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Railways to charge 'user fee' at major railway stations
The user charge would be nominal, and applicable in 10-15 per cent of the 7,000 railway stations across the country. It will be charged along with train fares at major stations. The amount has not been fixed.

NEW DELHI, Sept 19: The Railways has announced that it will soon start levying an additional fee called 'user charge' along with train fares at major stations.

Railway Board CEO VK Yadav said the additional fee will be used to redevelop railway stations and modernise infrastructure. “Where the footfall is increasing we will charge it (user fee) there. We need it to provide world-class infrastructure,” he said.

He said 10-15 per cent of the total number of 7,000 stations will charge the additional fee. Gradually it will be charged at all stations. The fee has not been fixed yet.

“We will keep a very small amount for the user charge. We will issue a notification for the user charge for all stations, including those being redeveloped and those that are not. When the redevelopment of the stations is completed, the money will go to the concessionaires, till then that money will go to the railways for improving facilities across stations. It will be an affordable amount, but it is important to levy if we want to provide world-class facilities similar to airports. We want to upgrade all our major railway stations,” Yadav said.

“We are looking at a close to ?1 trillion investment. RFQ (request for qualification) for 10 stations have been floated. Eight stations (including Gwalior and Surat) received overwhelming participation (from private investors)," ITI Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant who was also present in the briefing by Yadav said.

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