Flexi Fare System for Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi Trains

The latest decision taken by the Ministry of Railways to introduce the flexi fare system for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains will make rail journey in these premium trains costlier. As per the new rule, the base fare of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duranto trains will get increased by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of the ticket sold. This means with the rising demands of tickets, the cost will automatically increase.

Dynamic fares in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Trains

In dynamic pricing, the price is not firmly set; instead it obeys the time-based pricing based on the current demand. And, the same, mechanism is being introduced in pricing the tickets of Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto Trains. In the beginning, 10 % of the seats will be sold in the normal fare, and then it will go on increasing by 10 % with every 10 % of berths sold with the ceiling limit at maximum 50 % depending upon the demand.

Tickets of Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto Trains will get Costlier

flexi fare system shatabdi, rajdhani, durantoNew ‘flexi fare system’ for Rajdhani, Duronto & Shatabdi trains
At present, there are a total of 46 Shatabdi trains, 42 Rajdhani trains and 54 Duronto trains, are available to travel by rail passengers. Moreover, Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains are also considered as premium trains. Introduction of dynamic face pricing in selling tickets for these trains will surely make journey expensive for its passengers. But, this way the Government wants to make extra money from the rich travellers.

Detailed Information about Flexi Fare system for Rajdhani, Duronto & Shatabdi Trains

Here are the detailed information released about the flexi (dynamic) fare system for Rajdhani, Duranto and Shatabdi trains:

1. The Base Fare for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi class of trains will be on flexi fare system.

2.(a) The base fares will increase by 10% with every 10% of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit as indicated in the table below. There will be no change in the existing fare for 1AC and EC class of travel. In the tables given below ‘X’ stands for the present base fares.

Fare Structure for Rajdhani and Duronto category of Trains
Charges %
of berths
Where X = Base Fare

Fare Structure for Shatabdi category of Trains
Charges %
of berths
Where X = Base Fare

Other supplementary charges like reservation charges, Superfast charge, Catering charges, Service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied separately.

2.(b) Vacant berths left at the time of charting would be offered for current booking. 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.

2.(c) 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.

2.(d) 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.,

3. The operation of various quotas available in these category of Trains shall be as under:

  (a) Tatkal Quota: The present limit of berths set aside for Tatkal quota in these trains shall be operated as per the existing guidelines. However, no additional charges as “Tatkal charges” will be levied. The berths assigned under the Tatkal quota shall be booked at the rate of 1.5 times of the base fare for all classes (2S, SL, 2A, 3A and CC) except 1AC and EC. Other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full.

  (b) There shall be no Premium Tatkal Quota in these train services.

4. Concession: Normal concession as applicable for respective concessional ticket will be admissible on the base fare of the ticket at each stage as per the table above.

5. Refund Rules: There will be no change in the existing refund rules.

6. Other Charges: There shall be no change in charges for reservation fee, superfast surcharge etc. Such charges, wherever applicable, shall continue to be levied additionally as per existing instructions.

7. Service tax will continue to be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.

8. All other rules and conditions pertaining to the above category of trains shall be continued without any change.

9. The changes in fares as above shall come into force w.e.f 09.09.2016.

10. The revised fares will not apply to tickets already issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 09.09.2016.

11. In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference of fare shall not be collected from the passengers.

12. These changes should be carried out in manual ticketing system and in PRS, UTS etc.,

Now-a-days, people are already dealing with the rising price of essential commodities. So introduction of surge pricing by the Railways is also considered as an unpleasant gift by the current Govt before festive season and opposition has condemned saying it as anti passengers’.

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Amrit said...

So sad.

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