‘ Rail to re­vise flexi- fare pol­icy af­ter 2yrs’

The re­vi­sion will en­tail a huge re­lief for rail pas­sen­gers

The Asian Age - - Nation -

New Delhi, Sept. 15: The rail­ways has fi­nally de­cided to sub­stan­tially re­vise its flexi- fare pol­icy af­ter two years of in­de­ci­sion, with the file now await­ing the ap­proval of rail­way min­is­ter Piyush Goyal, sources re­vealed.

Ahead of the gen­eral elec­tions, the re­vi­sion will en­tail a huge re­lief for pas­sen­gers who, un­der the scheme, some­times have to pay at par with flight tick­ets in some sec­tors for trains.

The re­lief, how­ever, will be in se­lect pre­mium trains which have seen a sub­stan­tial de­crease in pas­sen­ger book­ings, the sources said.

These trains, sources have in­di­cated are likely to be from the Bi­har, Ben­gal and Ut­tar Pradesh routes, which are the high den­sity net­work of rail­ways.

How­ever, of­fi­cials are not keen to share par­tic­u­lars of the re­vised flex­i­fare scheme as de­spite the ap­proval of both the Rail­way Board as well as the fi­nance com­mis­sioner, sec­tions could still be fur­ther re­vised if they are not ap­proved by Goyal.

Sources in Goyal's of­fice in­di­cated that the de­ci­sion will be taken soon.

“It can only be fi­nal if it is ap­proved by the min­is­ter. He could de­cide to waive it from all trains rather than from se­lect ones. There have been sug­ges­tions made by a com­mit­tee ear­lier which have been ap­proved by the board, which can be re­jected by the min­is­ter. So, one needs to wait for the fi­nal ap­proval,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial in­volved in the process.

On the di­rec­tion of

Goyal, the rail­ways had con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee last year to re­view the dy­namic pric­ing scheme, but its re­port was re­jected by him.

Sources said this time, many of the pro­vi­sions made in the com­mit­tee’s re­port have been tweaked and ap­proved by the board and have been sent for the min­is­ter's pe­rusal.

Key among them are iden­ti­fy­ing and grad­ing prices of train tick­ets ac­cord­ing to ‘ lean’ and ‘ peak’ sea­sons, ac­cord­ing to ‘ last minute book­ings’, rate of oc­cu­pancy, pa­tro­n­i­sa­tion of trains and their tim­ings.

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