New Delhi: After the concession in freight, the process of concession in fares of trains has started with premium Humsafar trains. In view of the decline in the demand for reservation in these trains, the Railways have announced the reduction in fares immediately with the elimination of flexi-fares.
Further, the Railways is installing sleeper class coaches in these trains. At present, only AC three-tier coaches are used in these trains. Four sleeper coaches were installed in Anand Vihar-Allahabad Humsafar Express on Friday.
आपका हमसफ़र, आपके साथ: Committed to provide comfortable and affordable services to passengers, Railways has rationalised the fare structure of Humsafar Express. pic.twitter.com/y9OnZ9ntBG
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 13, 2019
This relief will be applicable in 35 pairs of Humsafar trains. An official of the Railway Board said that the immediate ticket rates of Humsafar trains have also been reduced. Now instead of one and a half times for their Tatkal tickets, only 1.3 times the fare will have to be paid. This means that now Humsafar Tatkal tickets will also be available at the rate of Tatkal tickets of normal mail and express trains.
Not only this, now the Humsafar base fair will be 1.15 times the base fair of Mail-Express trains. Till now it was 1.15 times the base fair of Superfast trains. Humsafar tickets will be sold at the base fair with a 10% discount before the first charting.
These steps are expected to reduce the effective fare of Humsafar trains. This relief will be treated as applicable from the advance reservation period. For this, necessary changes will be made in the passenger reservation system.
A few weeks ago, the Railways had announced a concession of up to 25% on the fares of select trains with AC chair car and executive class seating. These include Shatabdi, Gatimaan, Tejas, Double Decker and Intercity trains.
The flexi-fare system implemented by the Indian Railways is entirely dependent on demand and supply. Under this, the ticket prices are increased at the time when the demand for tickets is high. This happens mostly in the festive season. On the other hand, when the demand for tickets decreases, the prices become normal. Until now this used to happen in plane tickets.
On 9 September 2016, Indian Railways had started the flexi-fare system for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains. According to this, when the demand increases, the fare is increased from 10% to 50% in the base fair. This scheme is applicable only to AC two-tier, AC three-tier, AC chair car, sleeper and second class (reserved) tickets.