Coronavirus impact | Commuting on Mumbai-Nashik special train now costs Rs 25,000 per month: Report
The monthly pass of Panchavati Express, which connects Mumbai and Nashik, which was earlier priced between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000, now costs passengers nearly Rs 25,000 per month.
October 07, 2020 / 09:30 AM IST
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Panchavati Express, that connects Mumbai and Nashik in Maharashtra, has resumed operations as a COVID-special train. However, this comes with hiked ticket prices of as much as Rs 25,000 per month.
While the train resumed services on September 12 after remaining suspended for months due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, it does not allow purchase of monthly season tickets.
The train, running between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Manmad in Nashik district, makes halts at Dadar, Kalyan, Devlali, Nashik Road, Niphad and Lasalgaon.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, passengers are required to either buy tickets online or through the reservation counter at costs between Rs 300 and Rs 500 for a one-way journey, depending on the seat. Essential workers are also required to purchase these tickets at hiked prices.
However, the greater problem is being faced by commuters who travel between Nashik and Mumbai on daily basis for work.
Passengers who are completely dependent on this service and have no other option said that it is unaffordable as per the report.
The monthly pass use to cost them between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 earlier.
Now, the price has risen to nearly Rs 25,000 per month.Click here for Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic