The viral claim of Railways increasing passenger fare is FALSE.
Fact Check: Railways says reports of fare hike from Jan 6, calls it ‘fake’, ‘baseless’
On New Year’s eve, the railways had announced a fare hike across its network, excluding suburban trains, effective from January 1, 2020, according to an order issued on December 29, 2020.
Ever since the Covid19 pandemic began, several misinformations started doing rounds on social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter. In recent, a claim is going viral that the Indian Railways is planning to increase the passenger fares.
The media reports suggested that tickets will become expensive from Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Some websites also listed the new tickets fare.
However, refuting the claims, PIB said that no such fare hike has been planned by the Indian Railways. “This claim is #Fake and #Baseless. There is NO proposal under consideration to increase the fares,” Press Information Bureau’s fact check handle tweeted.
Claim: Several media outlets have reported that Indian Railways is planning to raise passenger fares from January 6, 2021.#PIBFactCheck: This claim is #Fake and #Baseless. There is NO proposal under consideration to increase the fares. pic.twitter.com/qkOxCejapx
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) January 6, 2021
On Tuesday, Railways also termed these reports as baseless. “Certain sections of media have reported about the possibility of some hike in passenger fares. This news is baseless and without any factual basis. There is no proposal under consideration to increase fares. Media is advised to not to publish or circulate such reports,” IR said in a statement.