The Comptroller and Auditor General of India today slammed railways’ flexi-fare scheme saying that the transporter needs to fine tune it. Railways ministry had implemented the flexi-fare scheme in all Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains in September 2016.
The country’s top auditor said that the scheme led to decrease in ticket sales in all classes except Sleeper class of Duronto trains. “Even in AC 3 class, which was one of the most profitable classes, the occupancy dropped significantly after the introduction of flexi fare and the vacant berths increased from 0.66 per cent in pre-flexi period to 4.46 per cent in post-flexi period.
In terms of absolute numbers, the Premier trains carried 2,40,79,899 passengers during post flexi period as compared to 2,47,36,469 passengers during pre-flexi period,” said the CAG in its report. Read More
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