According to a senior railway official, 25 Shatabdi Express trains have been identified where the fares will be lowered to ‘ensure optimum utilisation of resources’.
The Hush Post: There is some good news for those who frequently travel in the Shatabdi Express. Indian Railways is mulling slashing the fares on select routes of these premium trains where passenger occupancy is low. According to a senior railway official, 25 such Shatabdi Express trains have been identified where the fares will be lowered to ‘ensure optimum utilisation of resources’. The Railways is ‘actively working’ on a proposal in this regard, he added.
The move comes in the wake of the success of a pilot project which was launched last year on two Shatabdi routes between Delhi and Ajmer, and between Chennai and Mysuru. After the fares were reduced, one of the sections reported an increase of 17 per cent in the earnings while the number of passengers went up by 63 per cent.
“The move yielded positive results for us. What we did was we offered fares in these premium trains equivalent to bus fares plying on the particular stretch,” the official said.
The proposal comes at a time when the national carrier is facing flak for implementing the Flexi-fare system with the contention being that the scheme had led to a spike in the fares of trains like Shatabdi, Duronto and Rajdhani.
The Railways operated 45 Shatabdi trains across the country, which also happen to be the fastest.