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Train Fares May Drop As Railway Reviews Flexi-Fare Ticketing System

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| September 29 , 2017 , 14:18 IST

Assuring that the fares of railway will not be increasing anytime soon, the department has instead hinted that it might get slashed after the review of flexi fare ticketing system the government is currently conducting.

This fare is only implemented on the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.

"The issue of the flexi-fare scheme has been brought to my notice by the people. It could be improved in a way that it meets the revenue target without hurting people's pocket," Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said.

Answering to some questions about amendments in the system, the minister said that there are possibilities of some changes.

Ever since the flexi-fare system was introduced by the government just little over a year ago, the government has earned a whopping Rs 540 crore from it. On the other hand, the passengers have flooded the department with complaints about high fares.

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Notably, a number of seats were going vacant due to the same, which forced the government to review its decision.

Minister of State for Railway Manoj Sinha has also assured the people saying that the fares of the train won't increase.

In September last year, the government had launched this scheme that allowed raising the fare of premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto 10 percent by every 10 percent of the seats sold with a ceiling of 50 percent. Only the first 10 percent of the seats were sold at normal price.

With the seats going vacant, the government decided to provide a 10 percent rebate on them.

Arguing that the government was working to ensure efficient and faster service, the Goyal said, "It is proposed to increase the speed of around 700 trains with effect from November 1, 2017. This exercise will help in converting 48 mail/express trains to the superfast/express category."

The minister also announced that the railways will launch over 100 train services in the next month and noted that all the Railway staff including RPF and TT, will be in dedicated uniforms to create transparency.