Ministry of Railways modifies Flexi-Fare Scheme based on CAG Report and representations from passengers

Flexi Fare completely removed from 15 trains and from 32 trains during lean period (February, March and August). Graded Discount upto 20% on last fare to be given (class wise) in case of class occupancy being less than 60%. Highest slab reduced from 1.5 times to 1.4 times.

NEW DELHI: Flexi Fare Scheme was launched with effect from 9th September, 2016. The scheme generated high revenue however initially there was a drop of passengers which picked up later on. Further, to rationalise the fares an 8 member committee was formed to review the scheme and make it more passenger friendly. The review of the scheme has been done based on the recommendation of the committee, Comptroller and Auditor General’s report, and representations from passengers. The Railways has reviewed Flexi Fare Scheme and introduced following changes:

  • Discontinuation of Flexi-fare in trains with average monthly occupancy less than 50% throughout the previous year. (List of 15 Trains given in Annexure A).
  • Discontinuation of Flexi-fare, in lean period of 3 months, in trains with average monthly occupancy between 50-75% throughout the previous year. (List of 32 Trains given in Annexure B).
  • Maximum current cap of 1.5 times to be reduced to 1.4 times in all classes.
  • To increase the occupancy of less patronised classes (2A, 3A, CC etc.), Graded discount of 20% on last fare on all trains with Flexi Fare and Humsafar Trains where occupancy of a particular class is less than 60% (4 days prior to scheduled departure of the train). Further, 10% discount will be offered as per the table given below:
    • Upto -70% occupancy     :       20% on last fare
    • 70-80%   occupancy        :       10% on last fare
    • Above 80%   occupancy  :       Nil
  • Changes shall be implemented from Advance Reservation Period (ARP) i.e. 4 months after making necessary changes in Passenger Reservation System, on an experimental basis for six months to be further extended after assessing its outcome

Annexure A

List of trains with occupancy less than 50% (2017-18) from which Flexi Fare will be removed in 2018-19

SNo. Train no. Train type Train Name
1 12006 Shatabdi Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi
2 12012 Shatabdi Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi
3 12037 Shatabdi New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi
4 12038 Shatabdi Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi
5 12043 Shatabdi Moga(Ludhiana)-New Delhi Shatabdi
6 12044 Shatabdi New Delhi-Moga(Ludhiana) Shatabdi
7 12047 Shatabdi New Delhi-Bhatinda Shatabdi
8 12048 Shatabdi Bhatinda-New Delhi Shatabdi
9 12085 Shatabdi Guwahati-Dibrugarh Shatabdi
10 12086 Shatabdi Dibrugarh-Guwahati Shatabdi
11 12087 Shatabdi Naharlagun-Guwahati Shatabdi
12 12088 Shatabdi Guwahati-Naharlagun Shatabdi
13 12277 Shatabdi Howrah-Puri Shatabdi
14 22205 Duronto Chennai-Madurai Duronto
15 22206 Duronto Madurai-Chennai Duronto

Annexure B

List of trains with occupancy between 50%-75% (2017-18) from which Flexi Fare will be removed in lean period of 2018-19

SNo Train No. Train Name
1 12005 KALKA SHATABDI
2 12014 AMRITSAR SHATABDI
3 12016 AJMER SHATABDI
4 12018 DEHRADUN SHATABDI
5 12020 SHATABDI EXPRESS
6 12025 SHATABDI EXP
7 12026 PUNE SHATABDI
8 12030 SWARNA SHATABDI
9 12031 AMRITSAR SHATABDI
10 12032 AMRITSAR SHATABDI
11 12039 KGM NDLS SHT
12 12041 SHATABDI EXPRESS
13 12042 NJP HWH SHATABDI
14 12045 NDLS CDG SHATABDI
15 12046 CDG NDLS SHATABDI
16 12213 DURONTO EXPRESS
17 12214 YPR DURONTO EXP
18 12219 SC DURONTO EXP
19 12223 LTT ERS DURONTO
20 12224 ERS LTT DURONTO
21 12227 INDORE DURONTO
22 12228 MUMBAI DURONTO
23 12239 JAIPUR DURONTO
24 12240 JP MMCT DURONTO
25 12243 SHATABDI EXP
26 12244 SHATABDI EXP
27 12278 SHATABDI EXPRESS
28 12437 RAJDHANI EXP
29 12441 BSP NDLS RAJ EX
30 12442 BILASPUR RJDHNI
31 12453 RNC NDLS RAJ EXP
32 22414 NZM MAO RAJ

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