The government has announced steep increase of train fare from today, 15th November towards  service tax- levy of 14% and 0.5 cess for the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan.Fares will go up by 4.35% for First Class and AC classes.

However, the service tax will not be applicable for tickets issued before November 15.
The levy will not be applicable for general and sleeper class travel also.

According to an estimate, the service tax levy and the Swachh Bharat cess are expected to fetch about Rs 1,000 crore in a year. The annual revenue from passenger fare is about Rs. 35,000 crore.