Railways scraps flexi fares on 40 trains, another 102 will see 50% discounts
New Delhi: When the Indian Railways introduced flexi fares, rail users raised a hue and cry saying the scheme would be a failure. They are right.
The railways is now eating humble pie and wants to scrap flexi-fare scheme. Authorities should have done this long ago.
Flexi fares were never attractive. And Indian rail users knew how to circumvent this. While some waited for the prices to dip, others opted for bus rides instead. Some just took to air as flight tickets were cheaper on some sectors.
While the scheme will go from 40 trains, the railways is going to offer up to 50% discount for the remaining 102 trains for last minute bookings made up to four days before the journey.
Flexi fare was introduced for 44 Rajdhani, 46 Shatabdi and 52 Duronto trains back in 2016. Rajdhanis and Shatabdis are entirely air-conditioned trains, while Durantos have a mix of AC and non-AC coaches.
An official said the idea behind tweaking the scheme was “to raise revenue through ulitization of seats not by putting the burden on passengers.” Did it now occur to him before?
He said the new policy is “ready for approval by the pertinent government functionaries”.