As a gift to passengers this festive season, the India Railways has reduced flexi-fare rate in as many as 101 trains, while completely scrapping the scheme for 15 premium trains. The system has been completely scrapped in trains with less than 50 per cent occupancy, while 20 per cent discount will be offered in trains with less than 60 per cent occupancy. The latest decision will provide a big relief to the railway passengers as the scheme will also be removed from total 32 trains during lean periods. The review of Flexi Fare Scheme has been done after the recommendation of the railways' review committee, the Comptroller and Auditor General's report, and representations from passengers. The Railways has also reduced flexi fares from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare in 101 trains, PTI quoted Railway Minister Goyal as saying.
According to the Railways, it will offer competitive fares in long-distance premium trains, and people will be able to enjoy train journeys at affordable prices. "Win-Win Situation: The reduction of Flexi Fares is going to benefit both the passengers that can now avail tickets at cheaper rates, as well the Railways that will see a surge in demand and occupancy," Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said.
On September 9, 2016, the Railways had introduced flexi-fare for premier trains: 44 Rajdhani, 52 Duronto and 46 Shatabdi Express trains. Under this, the base fare increases by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold, subject to a prescribed limit. There was no change in the existing fare for first AC and economy class.
WHAT IS FLEXI-FARE
The fare of the passengers is increased by 10 per cent for every 10 per cent of seats allocated under the flexi-fare. A maximum fare limit of 140 per cent and 150 per cent, respectively for AC-III tier and all above classes except for First AC and Executive Chair car are levied. The railways first introduced the flexi-fare or dynamic pricing scheme in September 2016 for 142 premium trains that included 52 Duronto Trains, 44 Rajdhani Trains and 46 Shatabdi Trains.
The flexi-fare scheme has faced criticism from passengers as well as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, which said while the income of the national transporter has increased after the debut of flexi-fares, the number of passengers travelling has actually decreased.
- Flexi Fare completely removed from 15 trains
- Flexi Fare removed from 32 trains during lean period (February, March and August)
- Graded discount up to 20 per cent on the last fare to be given (class wise) in case of class occupancy is less than 60 per cent
- Highest slab reduced from 1.5 times to 1.4 times
TRAINS FROM WHICH FLEXI FARE WILL BE REMOVED
- 12006 Shatabdi Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi
- 12012 Shatabdi Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi
- 12037 Shatabdi New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi
- 12038 Shatabdi Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi
- 12043 Shatabdi Moga(Ludhiana)-New Delhi Shatabdi
- 12044 Shatabdi New Delhi-Moga(Ludhiana) Shatabdi
- 12047 Shatabdi New Delhi-Bhatinda Shatabdi
- 12048 Shatabdi Bhatinda-New Delhi Shatabdi
- 12085 Shatabdi Guwahati-Dibrugarh Shatabdi
- 12086 Shatabdi Dibrugarh-Guwahati Shatabdi
- 12087 Shatabdi Naharlagun-Guwahati Shatabdi
- 12088 Shatabdi Guwahati-Naharlagun Shatabdi
- 12277 Shatabdi Howrah-Puri Shatabdi
- 22205 Duronto Chennai-Madurai Duronto
- 22206 Duronto Madurai-Chennai Duronto