No roll back of supplementary charges hike: Bansal

New Delhi: India's Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday ruled out roll back of the proposed hike in reservation charges in superfast trains.

"The proposed hike will be applicable on only three per cent of total tickets booked in trains and I have taken the steps in the interest of genuine passengers and to deter the touts", Bansal told PTI.

Bansal has proposed supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and Tatkal fee in his maiden rail budget.

The reservation fee has been increased from Rs 25 in AC III to Rs 40 and the supplementary superfast charge hiked from Rs 30 to Rs 45. For AC 1 and II class, the hike is about Rs 50 per ticket.

Asked whether he would consider withdrawal of the proposed hikes, he said "there is no question of rolling back the proposal."