Railways has imposed a surcharge of Rs 10 per tonne on all goods traffic and Rs 5-25 per passenger for all trains that use Munger and Digha railway bridges in Bihar.
The move will impact all passengers and freight trains that are diverted to the bridges. The surcharge will also impact the monthly season ticket holders with the Railways charging Rs 75 and Rs 150 for the second class and upper class segment, respectively.
Surcharge on the Munger bridge has been implemented with effect from March 31, while that on Digha bridge from April 11, according to the Railway notification.
Railways has withdrawn the port congestion surcharge. It has also launched an incentive scheme for merry-go-round operations in the colliery – power plant circuits as part of the freight rationalisation intiatives.
All these initiatives are expected to contribute to significant increase in freight traffic and corresponding earnings during the current fiscal.