In a relief for passengers ahead of the Diwali and Chhat rush, railway and coal minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday paved the way for lowering fares in Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto and Humsafar trains by tweaking the flexi-fare scheme.
In the revised scheme, ‘dynamic pricing’ will be scrapped for 15 trains and suspended for the ‘lean months’ of February, March and August for 32 others.
The new plan also lowers the ceiling for dynamic pricing to 1.4 times of the last fare for the remaining 101 trains under the scheme and offers up to 20% discount on ‘last-minute’ bookings made up to four days before the journey. From now on, the discounts will be available on ‘Humsafar’ trains too.
Goyal described the move as a “win-win situation” and saw passengers ‘availing tickets at cheaper rates’ and the railways witnessing a ‘surge in demand and occupancy’. Read more