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The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Mon­soon de­par­ture Dadar Mon­soon ar­rival Madgaon Non-Mon­soon timetable De­par­ture Dadar Ar­rival- Madgaon Man­thanK.Me­hta @times­group.com Spicejet Fare Go Air Fare

Travel time: 10 hours, 25 min­utes dur­ing mon­soon and 8 hours, 40 min­utes in other sea­sons

| 5:25 am | - 4 pm - | | - 5.25 am 2.05 pm

Will run six days a week (ex­cept Wed) from Novem­ber 2

Air­line fares between Mum­bai and Goa for Septem­ber 18

Mum­bai: Fare struc­ture of the Vis­ta­dome coach, that will be in­tro­duced on Dadar-Madgaon Jan­shatabdi Ex­press from Mon­day, may prove to be a de­ter­rent for pas­sen­gers as air­fares are com­par­a­tively cheaper. Also, tak­ing a flight will cut through the travel time.

In­dian Rail­ways has de­cided to keep the fare struc­ture of the coach sim­i­lar to that of the ex­ec­u­tive chair car. The fare for Mum­bai-Madgaon is fixed at Rs 2,235 per per­son. The cost of flight tick­ets on Septem­ber 18, the day the coach is be­ing at­tached to the train, is Rs 1,845 (SpiceJet), Rs 2,077 ( Go Air) and Rs 2,119 (Go Air).

While the train jour­ney is more than 10 hours dur­ing mon­soon with stop­pages at eight sta­tions, ex­clud­ing Mum­bai and Madgaon, flight travel is merely an hour.

The train is sched­uled to de­part at 5.25 am from Dadar and ar­rive in Madgaon at 4pm dur­ing mon­soon. Dur­ing the non-mon­soon pe­riod, between Novem­ber 1 and June 30, the train will de­part at the same time from Dadar, but ar­rive in Madgaon at 2.05 pm.

Ghatkopar res­i­dent Rosili EL, who trav­els fre­quently be- | | tween Mum­bai and Goa, said, “I don’t think I would pre­fer to travel at such an ex­or­bi­tant rate and, that too, if the jour­ney takes so long.”

Ex-rail­way board mem­ber Su­bodh Jain said, “Af­ter the ad­vent of bud­get air­lines, pas­sen­gers take the train only if flight tick­ets are not avail­able.”

Another for­mer board mem­ber asked, “Why would a per­son pre­fer to travel by train when air tick­ets are cheaper, es­pe­cially when sta­tions are dirty and in­fra­struc­ture is not com­pa­ra­ble with air­ports?”

Di­vi­sional Rail Users’ Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber Jitesh Matalia said, “Rail­ways should come out with a rea­son­able fare struc­ture, es­pe­cially when a lot of pas­sen­gers are shift­ing to air travel. Also, Konkan Rail­way trains are most likely to get de­layed due to er­ratic weather in mon­soon.”

Rail­ways have also suf­fered be­cause of flexi pric­ing in premier trains, in­clud­ing Ra­jd­hani Ex­press. In 2016, Air In­dia, on its web­site, of­fered spot fares till Septem­ber 30 on all Ra­jd­hani Ex­press routes at the price of the train’s first and sec­ond class AC tick­ets.

A Rail­ways of­fi­cial said, “There may be tak­ers for this coach only dur­ing the peak sea­son..”

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