Shatabdi flexi fare scrapped

Infrastructure/Development

New Delhi: In a relief for passengers, the Railways has scrapped flexi fare in 15 premium trains in which occupancy is less than 50 per cent throughout the year, while the scheme will be discontinued in 32 other trains during lean periods when occupancy dips to 50-75 per cent.

Sources in the Railways said while the national transporter would incur losses of around Rs 103 crore due to the changes brought into the scheme, it hopes to recover not just the losses but also generate additional revenue by increasing occupancy through the reduced fares. The Railways has also reduced flexi fares from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare in 101 trains, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

“The plan is that rationalising fares will lead to increase in occupancy which in turn will ultimately lead to increase in revenue,” a source said.Some trains in which the scheme will be discontinued include Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi, Howrah-Puri Shatabdi, Chennai-Madurai Duronto, Guwahati-Dibrugarh Shatabdi and New Delhi-Bathinda Shatabdi.

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