In the Railway Budget 2006 presented on Friday, Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has slashed AC first class fares by a whopping 18 per cent and AC 2-tier by 10 per cent.
Apart from targeting the private airlines, the other highlights of the Railway Budget are:
Fully air-conditioned Garib Rath (poor man's chariot) to be run on pilot basis, with fares 25 per cent lower than existing AC 3-tier fares
Passenger security to be beefed up, with special arrangements for women passengers
No increase in passenger fares
No increase in freight rates
Diesel, petrol freight charges down by 8 per cent
30 per cent discount during non-peak, 20 per cent in peak season on incremental freight
Surely, with Lalu at the helm, traveling by rail promises to be a terrific experience. Our question is, will you now skip the flight to take the train? Tell us!