Up to 50% of discount on the last minute bookings for the remaining 102 trains
The national transporter is set to scrap the flexi fare scheme for up to 40 trains which is a third of the premium number of trains covered under the scheme. This decision came with the scrutiny that the rail fare has become even costlier than the airline tickets.
Moreover, the railways is going to offer up to 50% of discount on the last minute bookings made for seats available up to four days before the journey for the remaining 102 trains. Also, a graded discount system has been put in place for trains that acquire less than 60% bookings.
The flexi fare scheme:
Under the scheme, up to 20% discount could be offered. The scheme was introduced for all the premium superfast category- 44 Rajdhani, 46 Shatabdi and 52 Duronto trains, on September 9, 2016. Rajdhani and Shatabdi are fully air conditioned trains while Duronto is having both AC and non-AC coaches.
The scheme is being scrapped for the trains that showed 50% “utilization” or where only 50% booking of seats were taking place. Thus, the scheme is introduced to provide competitive fare and convenience to the travelers and also, boosting the revenue of the railways.
The senior Railway official said that the focus is to find the best way for both the passengers as well as the railways. The idea is to serve the passenger’s grievances by making rail travel affordable, competitive and comfortable in comparison to the other modes. He added that, the idea is to raise revenue from higher utilization of seats and not by simply putting burden on passengers. Now, the policy is ready for approval by the pertinent government functionaries.