This is my second post regarding the exorbitant rates being charged for the upcoming Machail Yatra 2014 which is officially commencing from 1st Aug 2014. Strange as it may sound but neither the District Administration nor the Management of the Yatra seems to be looking into the excessive fare (Rs. 5050. GulabGarh – Machail – Gulabgarh) that have been fixed for this year. Whereas, the air fares being charged on other routes are as follows :
Katra to Sanjhi Chat – Rs. 1990 (to and fro)
Neelgrath to Panj Tarni – Rs. 3900 (to and fro) Journey time 15 minutes.
Bharmour to Mani Mahesh – Rs. 3280 (to and fro) Journey time 13 minutes
The journey time from Gulabgarh to Machail is only 7 minutes yet this unjustified, unreasonable and exorbitant rate is going to be charged from 1st Aug onwards when the air service will commence. When I talked to the President of the Machail Yatra Sanstha he conveyed that the management committee of the Yatra was not associated or consulted in the finalization of rates nor their suggestions were paid any heed by the Administration.
The Administration is requested to kindly look into the matter deeply so that the devotees do not suffer due to this hike in airfare and does the needful which is in the interest of public at large.
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