Flexi-fare System is an unfair use of Rlys dominant position in the market; it violates Competition Act: Ex.RailMin Adhir

Ex-Union minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury issues notice in Lok Sabha over flexi-fare system in Indian Railways, issues notice to discuss under Rule 184 of Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways is facing googly from an MP, who few years back was one of their own. Ex-minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has given a notice to discuss under Rule 184 of Lok Sabha.

The notice issued by him said that that the flexi-fare system is an unfair use of the Railways’ dominant position in market, and added that it violates the Competition Act.

In the meantime, the Indian Railways have decided to encash on the growing demand for application-based cab services. It is likely to provide space for such facility at about 500 major stations in the country, eyeing an annual profit of Rs 300 crores.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will unveil the new scheme for app-based cab service in March along with providing parking space near major stations. The Indian Railways currently earns about Rs 122 crores each year from parking spaces in the country. With the new policy, It is hoping to earn Rs 200 crores more annually from these parking lots , a senior official said. Even as a passenger can still avail Ola or Uber service through the mobile apps, allowing a kiosk and proper parking space near busy stations is likely to ensure good business for the aggregators, he said.

He also said that the policy was finalised after a series of discussions with cab aggregators and all of them were eager to have a space near railway stations.