Following Reduction In Catering Charges, Fare Of Premium Trains Reduces
April 20th, 2018
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After the reduction in GST charged on food items, fares of premium trains have come down. The charges of premium trains – Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and Duronto train have reduced because the prices for catering services are pre-paid and are inbuilt into the ticket fares.
The prices of premium trains have slashed down by Rs 40 to Rs 60 per ticket depending on the class and distance of travel. With the new notification, the rates of popular food items like chicken biryani, egg biryani, noodles, medu vada, masala dosa, rice, and soups have reduced with the new notification. But prices of food items like coffee, tea, Janata meal, standard breakfast, would be remained unchanged since they do not come under the ambit of GST.
Govt's move of lowering the GST on catering has helped Railways reduce the prices of meals served to passengers on trains, making it pocket-friendly for the commuters.https://t.co/cEimEGcXdT pic.twitter.com/xigtecOkZD
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 15, 2018
The decision came after the finance ministry’s notification that the GST applicable on food and drinks served on trains and railway stations by IRCTC or Indian Railways would be slashed down to 5%. Earlier it was 18%. A letter was also issued to the Railway board in this regard. This 5% GST will also be applicable in other premium trains such as Tejas Express, Gatimaan Express, and Shivalik Express.
Revised rates for food and drinks in Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains
Breakfast will cost Rs 90 in 1st class AC and executive chair cars. It will cost Rs 70 on 2nd AC, AC-3 tier and chair car. One has to pay Rs 40 for breakfast in Duronto sleeper. The lunch and dinner prices will be in accordance with the type of train or coach. The prices of combo meal would be Rs 70 on all trains.