Generated Rs 360 cr revenue from Shramik trains; avg fare Rs 600: Railways

Migrants board a special train to reach their native place during coronavirus lockdown, in Ferozpur on Saturday.
The Indian Railways on Monday said the average fare per person on Shramik Special trains was Rs 600 and indicated that by carrying 6 million migrant workers home since May 1, it has generated a revenue of around Rs 360 crore.

The transporter has run 4,450 Shramik trains so far, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said.

"The average fare of Shramik Special trains is Rs 600 per passenger. One has to keep in mind that these are normal fares and not fares for special trains which are higher. We carried 6 million passengers, so the revenue can be calculated. We however, managed to recover only 15 per cent of cost of operations," said Yadav.

Officials said the cost of operating a migrant special was between Rs 75-80 lakh.

Yadav also reiterated that the cost of operating these trains is being shared by the Centre and the states in a 85-15 per cent formula respectively.

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