Railways to introduce surge pricing for Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains

The fares will increase by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 7, 2016 10:20 pm
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The Ministry of Railway on Wednesday said that it will introduce flexi fare pricing in its Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains from September 9. The fares will increase by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold.

“The base fares will increase by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit. There will be no change in the existing fare for 1AC and EC class of travel,” a railway ministry release said.

While 10 per cent of the seats will be sold in the normal fare in the beginning, it will go on increasing by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold with the ceiling limit at maximum 50 per cent depending upon the demand.

For 2AC and Chair Car, the maximum hike is 50 per cent while for 3AC, it is 40 per cent.

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Other supplementary charges like reservation charges, superfast charge, catering charges, service tax as applicable shall remain unchanged.  Also, the vacant berths left at the time of charting would be offered for current booking.

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Tickets under current booking shall be sold at the last price sold for that class and other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full.

The information should also be displayed to the passenger during the booking in case the fare of lower class becomes higher than the higher class to exercise option to travel by the higher class.

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The last price for every class of tickets for the particular train should be printed in the reservation chart for the purpose of charging of difference of fare in the train or charging the passengers of the train without ticket etc. The government , however, made no change in the existing refund rules.

The revised fares will not apply to tickets already issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 09.09.2016. In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference of fare shall not be collected from the passengers.

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There are total 42 Rajdhani trains, 46 Shatabdi and 54 Duronto trains.

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    Ahmad
    Mar 2, 2017 at 10:28 am
    looto looto .looto.lt;br/gt; keep on fooling the people and loot as much as you can.
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      Sahana Chaudhuri
      Oct 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm
      Indian Railways has increased the fare of Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto Express in the name of Surge Pricing. But the question is that Is the Indian Railways really committed to it’s pengers. I purchased AC-III ticket for Dhanbad to Sealdah in NDLS-SEALDAH DURONTO EXPRESS and had to pay the dynamic fare of Rs 200 extra. But today, the train No. 12260, New Delhi Sealdah Duronto Express was more than 6 hours late. Why doesn’t Indian Railways arrange to send the pengers a sms informing that the train is late. At 8.30 am it was showing on the display that the train would be arriving at 12.30, then it went on getting late and finally it arrived at 3.00 pm at Dhanbad. If we go back home then how many times do we come back to the station? When the train had reached Kanpur (as informed by some pengers in train later) at almost 5am in the morning, why were the pengers of Dhanbad not communicated about it at that time only? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The pengers travelling in Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto Express are from well to do families and hence they can afford to pay the dynamic fare. This is the reason behind Dynamic pricing. But do they really deserve to get such treatment? Is this what we are paying for? We had to spend 946 Rupees excluding the bank service charges for this journey and this was the service we received. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The train arrived at 3 pm and after being 6 hours late, the pengers boarding from Dhanbad were given a Telegraph Newspaper, 1 litre Rail Neer Bottle, 1 Googly Biscuit packet worth Rs. 5/-., 1 Bhujia worth Rs 5/-, 1 laddoo and just 1 cup tea/coffee. Duronto takes 80 Rs catering charge for travelling from Dhanbad to Sealdah and after the harment of 6 hours and above, the Dhanbad pengers were served with just the above mentioned items. Does Indian Railways bother to have some food in train on contingency basis? We were supposed to get a breakfast meal but we were informed that the meal was exhausted as the train was more than 6 hours late. Was it not the duty of IRCTC to serve the Dhanbad pengers with lunch for being so late? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Indian Railways declares “Inconvenience is deeply regretted” and “आपको हुई असुविधा के लिए हमें अत्यंत खेद है।” Does the duty of Indian Railways ends with this only? Indian Railways has been increasing the fare in one name or other. First, the tickets can now be purchased 4 months before the journey. And if we cancel the ticket, flat 200 Rs will be deducted as the Cancellation Charge. Now this dynamic fare. Do the pengers paying so much fare deserve such a treatment, such harment? Will Indian Railways bother to reimburse some amount to the pengers going through such harment? Of course Not!!!. Indian Railways will keep looting the pengers by this method or the other. And finally comes the famous line “HELP US TO SERVE YOU BETTER”!!! Thanks to Indian Railways. Wishing Indian Railways good luck for it’s future endeavors to make the foolish public more foolish!!!
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        Anil
        Sep 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm
        Ridiculous! lt;br/gt;What this government is giving to Aam Admi except dreams about - Achche Din. Government is just looking for way outs to collect taxes from Aam Admi. lt;br/gt;Ministers are going on international air travel tours at public expenses, why can't aviation ministry object it, hmmm... Seems It's really difficult to object own fraternity.
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          Gill
          Sep 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm
          It was going to happen sooner or later, rail tickets prices have not increased much for a long time for those who pay. If people don't pay the new prices and seats go empty then prices will drop, welcome to the real world.
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            Sanjeev
            Sep 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm
            MiniSter Sahab ab ye Jyada Ho raha hlt;br/gt;Make it simple jaisa h waisa hi Rehne dijiye
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              Paresh
              Sep 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm
              Absolutely crazy from government of India , think aboutlt;br/gt;If demand surge for highway travel , more toll will charged by private companies, if too many student looking for admition in school, there will be surge fees, full force flu/ dengue season , ready for surge charge, if there is drought , ready to pay high price of pulse , and never ending surge charge forever .
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              Trun
              Sep 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm
              For airlines and cabs, they said surge pricing is illegal... Seems they are finally trying to match rail fare with airfare that's what they said few months ago instead of pushing airlines to reduce price.
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                Trun
                Sep 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm
                Surge pricing when they have monopoly?? Seems railways are going to private party soon.
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