New Delhi, October 31: In what is likely to bring relief to commuters in the festive season, the Indian Railways is considering to end the 'flexi fare' schemes on premium trains, including Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi Express.
According to news agency ANI, the Railways has proposed discontinuation of the the flexi fare scheme on trains in which average unidirectional monthly occupancy is less than 50 per cent throughout the year. Now, Pay More to Travel in Mumbai’s AC Local Trains Now.
The scheme will be completely scrapped on 15 major trains, reports said citing Railway sources, whereas, it would slashed during lean period on 32 other trains.
On 101 other trains, the flexi fare mechanism will be reduced from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare. Also, on trains will less than 40 percent average occupancy, the Railways is considering a discount upto 20 per cent.
Earlier in the year, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had constituted a committee which would propose recommendation to switch from flexi fares to "dynamic fares".
"We have got a detailed report on how to make it adynamic fares from flexi fares which will be decided according to the season and demand and supply...Sometimes the consumer may get tickets at cheap rates and sometimes a bit higher," he had said.
The Opposition had, however, protested the move claiming that the primary target of the Railways should be to provide affordable commutation to the masses, rather than "replicating the private sector's strategy" to maximise profit.
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