DELHI: The Railways earned Rs 228 crore more by charging full adult fare for children in the reserved class in the fiscal 2016-17, Rajya Sabha was told on April 7.
Railways earned total Rs 914 crore from child passengers between April 21, 2016 and March 20, 2017 as against Rs 686 crore during the same period the previous year.
Children, between 5 and 12 years of age, for whom berth is sought at the time of reservation, are charged full adult fare from April 21, 2016, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a written reply in the House.
However, at the time of reservation if full berth is not sought then half of basic adult fare is charged subject to minimum distance for charge.
Children below the age of 5 years are carried free in trains.