Bhubaneswar: The Indian Railways has discontinued Mela Surcharge for devotees and tourist, who visit Puri to witness Rath Yatra every year, with effect from December 11.
Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal today took to Twitter and wrote: “Jay Jagannath: Rath Yatris travelling to Odisha to seek Lord Jagannath’s blessings have more reason to rejoice, as Railways has discontinued the Mela Surcharge that was applicable on major fairs & festivals, thereby making travel more affordable for devotees.”
The East Coast Railway collected around Rs 30 lakh as surcharge from passengers between July 13 and July 24 during the last Rath Yatra this year. It was levied in respect of tickets costing more than Rs 15. ..
It had charged Rs 5 and Rs 20 for second class and sleeper class and sleeper class tickets booked in ordinary and mail or express trains. The ECoR had collected Rs 40 for AC chair car and AC-3 tier tickets, while it had charged Rs 60 and Rs 80 for AC-2 tier and AC first class tickets.
The Mela Surcharge was imposed on passengers during major fairs and festivals across the country, including Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and Rath Yatra in Puri.