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Flexi Fare Scheme - An Overview

Flexi Fare Scheme - An Overview

Flexi Fare Scheme - An Overview

India is vast country which is connected by a large railway network from one corner to another. Millions of passengers used to travel via train every day. To increase the revenue of Indian Railway and enhance passenger’s satisfaction, the Ministry of Railway has launched a “dynamic fare system” on experimental basis. It is named as “Flexi Fare Scheme”. According to the Govt., the scheme must reduce the problem of vacant seats in the long-distance trains as well as would increase the amount of revenue. This scheme is applicable on the Satabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto Expresses running across the country.

Objective of the Schemes-

  • To earn additional revenue from the passengers.
  • To increase the number of passengers of the Satabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto Expresses. 
  • To attract last-minute passengers in train by offering them discounts on the price of the tickets.
  • To reduce the number of vacant seats in the reserved compartments of the premier trains.
Features of the Scheme-
  • The base fare of the premier trains like Rajdhani, Duronto and Satabdi Expresses would be on the “Flexi Fare System”. There are total 46 Shatabdi , 42 Rajdhani trains, and 54 Duronto Express trains in India.
  • Under the scheme, only the 10 per cent of the total seats would be sold in normal fare and after that it would increase by 10 per cent with each 10 per cent of the berths sold with the ceiling of approximately 50 per cent. 
  • The base fares of these trains would increase by 10 per cent with the each 10 per cent of the berths sold up to the prescribed limit on the ceiling as per as the fare-table. 
  • The current fares of the 1AC and EC class of these trains must not be changed.
  • The vacant berths, which would be left at the time of making the charts, must be provided for the current booking.
  • The tickets under the current booking must be sold at last price sold for the class. The rest of the  supplementary charges like super fast charges, reservation charges must be charged separately. 
  • All the information related to the ticket-fare also must be displayed to the travelers during their booking if the fare of the lower class becomes more than higher class to offer the option of traveling by higher class.
  • No “Premium Tatkal Quota” will be there in these trains.
  • The Tatkal ticket booking must be available at the rate of 150 percent of the base fare. There would not be any additional charge like the “Tatkal charges”.
  • The existing limit of the berths, which are set aside for Tatkal quota, must remain same.
The View of the Government-
According to a senior official of Indian Railway, the Railways has already earned the additional revenue of approximately Rs 540 Crore in few months through this “Flexi Fare Scheme” and for this reason there would not be any plan to discontinue the scheme by the Ministry. These trains have gained additional 85,000 passengers after the launch of the scheme. Government is expected to earn the revenue of Rs 960 Crore within a year through the scheme.

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