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Travelling by trains is one of the cheapest modes of transport to cover long distance. The railway fare is decided by the railway ministry of that particular country. In India the railway ministry at the present is held by railway minister Mr Suresh Prabhu. Train Fare is decided by the rail ministry of the country based on the distance of two cities. Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari is the longest railway route in the country. Vivek express is the name of the train and it runs weekly. One needs to do an advance booking for getting seats in the train they would want to take.
In India, railway fares can be checked by visiting the website irctc.com or one can also log in to irctc website and have full access to all the booking details and also book railway tickets by sitting in front of the system. Railway fares depend on the distance the train covers, the longer the distance more is the fare. However, railway fare also changes based on the compartment one wants to travel in. There are different mode of compartment from the general, sleeper, three tiers, second tier and the first class. All these classes have a different price range. One can book tickets at the comfort of his own.
The railway fare in the country also provides different kinds of concession to the senior citizens, students and other disabled people. It also facilitates the cancellation of railway tickets and a certain amount is refunded after necessary deductions. However these cancellations are totally subjective and if the cancellation is made one hour before the travel, the entire amount is with held by irctc and there are certain rules that one must follow before cancellation. While, travelling it is important for the passenger to carry a valid original id proof. Enquiry counters set up in the railway stations can also be used for enquiring railway tickets and railway fares. However, to ease the discomfort of a passenger so many website portals have been designated to check the railway fares. The Indian government is making a lot of effort to give the best railway service.
Although an old organisation, Indian railways had reinvented itself many times to be relevant in the present day. The first trains were steam engines which ran between Mumbai, then called as Bombay to Thane. The railways modernised with the passage of time as it was visible with the adoption of Diesel engines which were more efficient and faster. Then the railways had also moved on to the electric trains as they were non-polluting and easy to start and stop. These were but some of the modernisation efforts that were taken up by the railways. Even on the rails, the olden narrow gauge, gave way to meter gauge and now broad gauge is the standard line that is being laid all over the country.
However the narrow gauge exists in the hilly regions like Shimla-Kalka railways and metre gauge exists in the Ooty or Nilgiri railway line. These are rightly declared as the UNESCO world heritage sites as they run on the steam engines that were brought to the country over 150 years ago. Today, the modernisation efforts of the railways is far reaching and introduction of bio-toilets that utilises only a little of water, electrification of all compartments and coaches, advanced security features in the coaches to prevent mishaps are only a few to start with. However not all is rosy in the picture of railways. Indian railways suffer from a plethora of problems like poor collection of expenses due to wastage of resources and due to a large number of ticketless travels by people.
Moreover pillaging of trains is an inherent problem as people damage or steal things from the trains. There are also incidents of people stealing the railways lines and selling them or using them for iron. The safety features of railway is yet to up to the international standards and the convenience that we get in the indigenous trains are nowhere near the services that are being offered worldwide. In short, even as Indian railways has many feathers on its cap, it needs to be improved.