Although Rajdhani Express and the Shatabdi Express are the most premium trains in India, these trains have been making the lives of some travellers difficult thanks to the high prices of tickets, due to the flexi fares scheme. But thankfully, Indian Railways seems to have realised this, and is already working on a solution.
What’s the buzz?
In a move to make train travel more affordable, Indian Railways has decided to do away with the flexi fares scheme, also known as dynamic pricing, for five trains across South Central Railways (SCR), which includes premium trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.
Applicable from the new year, the new fares will be applicable in Secunderabad-Pune Shatabdi Express, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Secunderabad Duronto Express, Secunderabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express and two other trains.
What should you know?
According to a media report, the move to introduce the new fares in these five trains is a part of a larger plan by Indian Railways to scrap dynamic pricing in a number of various trains across the country, including the likes of Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.
In fact, in October, Indian Railways had already already introduced changes to flexi fares, and decided to cancel them for 15 trains, and remove them periodically for 32 others during the lean months of February, March and August.
What’s our take?
Ever since the introduction of the flexi fares scheme, Indian Railways has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, especially because travelling in premium trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express had become a lot more expensive than the usual.
While on one hand, this was making the lives of travellers difficult, on the other it was an understandable move to cover up the losses that Indian Railways has been facing for a while. However, there’s a lot of trust associated with Indian Railways in this country, especially because it is one of the most reliable and affordable modes of conveyance in India.
We really hope that the Ministry of Railways is able to figure out a way wherein they keep providing affordable travel to people, and at the same time, stop the Indian Railways from running into losses again.