New Delhi: Introduction of dynamic fare system for all mail and express trains, change in schedule of certain trains and their proper maintenance were some of the suggestions that Mohd.Jamshed Committee gave for optimisation of traffic in its report submitted to Suresh Prabhu today.
Currently, the dynamic fare system, which is being practised in airlines, is operational in limited number of special trains. Under this system, fare goes up if the demand is high for berths.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had formed an eight-member committee, consisting of senior railway officials and headed by the Additional Member Mohd Jamshed, in February to examine factors affecting growth of passenger and freight traffic and suggest a plan of action for traffic optimisation.
The committee in its report, submitted to Prabhu today, has suggested various measures including capacity augmentation, system improvements requiring changes in rolling stock and infrastructure maintenance among others to achieve substantial traffic growth.
Accepting the report, Prabhu said “We did not appoint any consultants or outsiders for the committee and all railways men are part of the committee. We have to implement the reports as we have to make the Railways the engine of economic growth.”
The committee has also suggested using satellite for Indian Railways’ operation and safety needs.
According to report, there has also been reduction in number of passengers being carried by railways except in reservation segment during last five years.
The committee has also looked at the growth of passenger traffic of Railways. “There has been decline in number of passengers in both sub-urban and non-sub-urban short route traffic. These are identified areas which require rationalisation of fares,” it suggested.
It has found that the long distance reserved category traffic has shown robust growth, which has to be doubled during the next three years.
“Full load running of trains, induction of DMUs and MEMUs, dynamic pricing for all Mail/Express trains and changes in scheduling of trains and their maintenance are some of the areas requiring attention,” report said, adding Railways growth has not been able to keep pace with the growth in GDP.