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AAP opposes railway surcharge, launches movement from Vashi Railway station
Activists and supporters of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Navi Mumbai descended on the Vashi railway station to express their anger and frustration against surcharge of five rupees levied per railway ticket since January 22ndthis year.

More than 500 passengers supported the movement which might spread to other railway stations of Navi Mumbai in days to come.

CIDCO funded Railway Vashi Creek Bridge was constructed in 1995. In order to recover the cost of construction, stated to be Rs. 100 crore, the administration is believed to have decided to impose a surcharge of Rs. 2 per ticket till the amount is paid back with interest by Railways to CIDCO.

Even Rs 100 crore were paid from taxpayers’ money since CIDCO is owned by Maharashtra government. Contract for construction of the bridge was given to M/s AFCONS. Surcharge was enhanced to Rs. three per ticket, by adding another component of one rupee for MUTP.

As a result, 2nd class railway ticket from Vashi to CST now costs Rs. 15 while for equal distance to other stations a ticket costs Rs. 10 only. For Navi Mumbaikars on every travel to and from Mumbai, a ticket costs Rs. 10 since every day lakhs of tickets are sold. Indian Railways has already recovered hundreds of crores of rupees from public in last 18 years. This surcharge is paid by first class passengers. It is noteworthy that suburban sector of Central Railways is one of profit generating ventures.

AAP convener Ravi Srivastava wrote to the minister of railways Pawan Kumar Bansal in the last week of January and also to railway board chairman to stop this surcharge instantly, but to no avail.
AAP has asked Railways to withdraw this unjustified surcharge forthwith or in the Railway Budget to be presented on 26th Feb 2013. AAP proposes to collect more than 10000 signatures in support of their demand and submit to railway minister.

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