Jammu, September 10: Passengers travelling by Rajdhani, Shatadbi and Duronto trains will have to shell out between 10 and 50 per cent more under a surge pricing system introduce by Railways which was implemented from September 9.
While 10 per cent of the seats will be sold in the normal fare in the beginning, it will go on increasing by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold with the ceiling limit at maximum 50 per cent depending upon the demand. The railways expect to garner about Rs 500 crore from the new fare structure in these trains.
The flexi fare system is introduced on experimental basis in II AC, III AC, Chair Car in these three trains besides Sleeper class in Duronto trains. First AC and Executive Class have been kept out of the new system of the already prevailing high tariffs.
For II AC and Chair Car, the maximum hike will be 50 percent while for III AC, it will be 40 percent.
Other supplementary charges like reservation charges, superfast charge, catering charges, service tax as applicable shall remain unchanged.
For example, the Jammu-New Delhi 3AC fare in Jammu Rajdhani, which is Rs 1,185 as base fare will be Rs 1,304 with 10 percent increase and it will go up to Rs 1,659 with maximum 40 percent increase.
Similarly, the Jammu-New Delhi 3AC fare in Duronto,which is Rs 1,055 as base fare will be Rs 1,161 with 10 percent increase and it will go up to Rs 1,477 with maximum 40 percent increase.
The 2AC fare in Jammu Rajdhani which is Rs 1,610 as base fare will be Rs 1,771 with 10 percent increase and it will go up to Rs 2,415 with maximum 50 percent increase.
The 2AC fare which is Rs 1,480 as base fare will be Rs 1,628 with 10 percent increase and it will go up to Rs 2,220 with maximum 50 percent increase.
Finally, the Sleeper Class fare in Jammu Duronto which is Rs 390 as base fare will be Rs 429 with 10 percent increase and it will go up to Rs 585 with maximum 50 percent increase.
Only 142 trains out of 12,500 trains will be affected which is just 1.1 % of total trains running in the entire country. And 1.5 lakhs passenger out of out of total 2.3 crore passengers will be affected which is just 0.65 % of the total travelling population. Therefore, the flexi fare system will not affect the common man but due to sharp criticism from people and opposition parties, the railway is likely to withdraw surge pricing.
The revised fares will not apply to tickets already issued for journeys to commence on or after 9 September 2016. In case of tickets already issued at the pre-revised rates, the difference of the fare will not be collected from passengers.
There are also reports, however, that the flexi-pay system may have to be rolled back as the opposition has demanded a review of the pricing.