Flexi-fare system in premier trains to be revised again: Railways

Taking note of vacant seats in long distance Rajdhani and Duronto trains and a few Shatabdis, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has recently sought a review of the flexi-fare system.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2017 8:30 pm
indian railways, Railways flexifare, Railway flexifare, Railways flexi fare system, Indian railway flexi fare, Indian railways news, Railways news, Indian express, Indian express news Currently flexi-fare system is applicable in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains since September 9 last year.

Faced with many vacant seats, railways is mulling to reserve about 50 per cent berths in premier trains including Rajdhani for normal fare by making changes in the prevailing flexi-fare system. Currently flexi-fare system is applicable in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains since September 9 last year which allows only 10 per cent of the seats to be sold in the normal fare and thereafter it will go on increasing by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold with a ceiling of 50 per cent.

Taking note of vacant seats in long distance Rajdhani and Duronto trains and a few Shatabdis, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has recently sought a review of the flexi-fare system. The initial review has indicated that revenue has increased at the cost of loss of occupancy in some of the trains and Railway Minister wanted to rectify it, said a senior Railway Ministry official. Railways has earned about Rs 260 crore from flexi-fare system till date and aimed to touch Rs 500 cr in a year.

“We are trying to make the premier service more passenger friendly with a few changes so that occupancy rate will go up,” he said. About the possible changes, he said “There a few options including keeping at least 50 per cent seats in normal fare. However, no decision has been taken as yet.”

Earlier in December, railways had revised the flexi faresytem by offering 10 per cent rebate on vacant berths after finalisation of the reservation charts to attract last minute passengers.

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  1. Vatsyayan Vatsyayan
    Mar 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    This flexi fare system is the product of some brainless bureaucrat of the railway ministry.
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      Debu
      Mar 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm
      My earnest request to the PM please take Prabhu off.....he's spoiling your image Sir.I can smell off corruption charges against him too...how come the Food Punctuality and Accidents have increased during his tenure
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        Debu
        Mar 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm
        Need to remind Prabhu that the fares have almost increased by 100% ever since he took up and the quality of food, punctuality and accidents have increased.....Why don't u hang ur boots finally. You the worthless Railway Minister ever since India got Independent...shame
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        1. Mahender Goriganti
          Mar 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm
          Nothing worng in adjusting and making any business like decisions.
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          1. Som Karamchetty
            Mar 29, 2017 at 11:06 pm
            Trains are composed of a set number of bhogies of each cl (AC, Sleeper, First, and Second, unreserved). Such an arrangement may be OK for most times of the day, week and year. But, it is possible that depending on the season, holidays, and festivals, the demand for one type of seats (berths) will be more than that for another type. It means that the unreserved compartments may be packed while the reserved compartments may go partly empty. Based on historic data, Railways should be able to predict this trend and alter the numbers of bhogies based on projected demand. If there is a local festival, and most people travel in unreserved bhogies, provide more of them and also run special trains completely with such bhogies. If during Onam festival, many Keralites are likely to travel from Delhi to Trivandrum, offer a conditional booking on a special train. If sufficient number of pengers book for such a journey, run a special train with the type of bhogies they booked for and if the number does not measure up, tell them way ahead of time that there will be no special train and refund their payment.
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