The Railway Ministry on Wednesday informed that a new system of surge pricing will come in force from September 9 which will lead to an increase in ticket price of three trains – Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto.
As per the new system, the fares will go up by 10 per cent with sale of every 10 per cent tickets. The unsold tickets will be available for booking four hours ahead of the train departure.
Opposition parties lashed out at the government and said that this will affect the average commuter and put an extra burden on their pockets.
The Twitterati also responded to this announcement withing minutes of it being made. Here are a few reactions:
Wait a minute. Didn’t govt. stop Surge pricing by taxi aggregators?!
Surge pricing to be introduced for Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains
— Harsha Kollaramajalu (@hkollar) September 7, 2016
Surge pricing in Indian Railways? Who would have every thought? :O
— Mythreyee (@MythreyeeRamesh) September 7, 2016
Surge pricing for taxi aggregators banned.
Surge pricing for railways is on!
— Adil (@adiliqbal4) September 7, 2016
— Wil ECoR speak truth (@pradyu85) September 7, 2016
If taxi agrigators do this it is illegal, but when IR does, it is legal, same yardstick, two measures. http://t.co/IYUFjp2Zeu
— Shivarama Udupa (@ksudupa) September 7, 2016
Surge pricing of select railway lines = full support.
— Sarath Ramakrishnan (@SarathRamakrish) September 7, 2016
Further details awaited