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Jat quota stir fuels air fare to record high

AHMEDABAD

The ongoing Jat quota stir and subsequent cancellation of over a dozen train services from Ahmedabad to Delhi have led to record high air fares. The price of one-way ticket for Ahmedabad to Delhi flight on Monday went up to Rs 20,000, almost four times the regular fare of Rs 3,500-Rs 4,500.

The spike in air fares began from Sunday morning as trains started getting cancelled. It will continue to be in the range of Rs 9,000 to Rs 13,000 on Tuesday as well following non-availability of trains and low availability of seats in flights. As many as 14 direct flights operate from Ahmedabad to Delhi daily.

City-based businesswoman Harsha Sewani had to pay up three times the regular fare to be able to reach Delhi. “I had planned everything in advance as I had to attend an important event in Agra on February 22. At the last moment, train got cancelled. I had to take flight to Delhi and that too a non-direct flight which cost me around Rs 14,000. Still I missed the event in Agra,” said Sevani.

“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) should put a cap on air fares. Every time there is a situation like this, the fares shot up to unbelievable prices. This has happened during the quota stir in Rajasthan. Also, this has become a regular phenomenon during the holiday seasons such as Diwali,” said Manish Sharma, chairman, Tourism Development Society, Gujarat.

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