The central government on Sunday stood on its decision that there will be no rollback in fair surging on the premium trains. The government is facing public flak for increasing fare prices of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.
The railways, however, said that there was no plan to make the flexi pricing scheme applicable to air conditioned classes of other trains.
The Railway Board claimed that despite fair surging, which has been capped at 1.5 times of the base fare, there has been no fall in number of tickets booked.
“Occupancy in Rajdhani trains has been more than 118% in last two days and 30% of tickets booked for these trains were under flexi-pricing scheme,” said the Board.
“Last year, for the same period, occupancy was 90%,” Member Traffic-Rail Board Mohammed Jamshed said. Jamshed also added that tickets for premium trains were still cheaper than airfare and the advantage of airlines are also limited.
"Airlines can never have the same advantage as railways. We will have periodic review of the scheme. As of now, we have no plan to implement it for other trains," he added.
Jamshed said the railways will get additional revenue of Rs 1,000 crore for a full year. He said that railways are expecting 3% growth in passenger traffic this year. The railways get 60% of its revenue from reserved classes.