The Railways propose to increase the fare of the New Delhi-Lucknow-Varanasi Express named as Mahamana Express by 15 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to flag off the new train with improved amenities in all coaches from his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi on January 22.
Since the facilities and other amenities are substantially improved in the AC and Sleeper coaches in the train at an increased cost, we have proposed to hike the fare by 15 per cent more from the existing fare for the new service, a senior Railway Ministry official said today.
The thrice-a-week train will take about 13 hours and 50 minutes to cover the journey between Varanasi and the national capital.
Equipped with added features like controlled discharged water tap, new toilet modules, exhaust fans, LED lights, snack tables for side berth passengers, 24 coaches comprising AC-1, AC-2 and Sleeper Class bogies were recently showcased by railways here.
According to railways, this is a step towards providing better amenities to passengers.
All coaches have been refurbished at the Carriage Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal.