Railways to scrap half-fare tickets for kids from April 22

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From April 22 children with half-fare train tickets will not get reserved berths. Picture: A girl looks out from inside a coach of a stationed passenger train at a railway station in Ahmedabad, India, Feb. 25, 2016.

Children travelling with half-fare train tickets will not be allotted reserved berths starting April 22 as the Indian Railways reportedly decided to boost the state-run transporter's revenue. At present, children in the age group of five years to 12 years are allotted separate seats at half the adult fare.

After the new scheme is implemented, parents will have to either pay full fare and get reserved berths for their children or share their berths with them. The Indian Railways had taken the decision to do away with the existing half-fare system for children in December last year.

y scrapping reservation system on half-fare ticket, the Indian Railways would have around 20 million berths in a year to allot it to other passengers, in addition to boosting its revenue by approximately Rs 550 crore, the Mint reported.

"We took this cue from air travel, where the kids are charged for the full ticket and avail a seat. Our estimates show that around 21-22 million kids travel on half-ticket annually in our trains and they avail the seat/berth, a rule which has been going on for decades," a railway official, who did not wish to be named, said.

The decision is expected to affect the middle class families in India.

Source: International Business Times

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