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Train travel: Be ready to pay more for lower berth, festive-season ticket

It has also suggested that passengers be offered discounts on trains reaching destinations at inconvenient times

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The first AC Mumbai Western Railway local train in Mumbai on Sunday, a day before it statrts its operation from Churchgate to Borivali. PTI Photo
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Railway passengers could be shelling out more for choosing lower berths and travels during festive seasons, if the recommendations of a fare review committee are approved by the

The panel constituted to review the in premium trains has recommended that the transport behemoth adopt the dynamic pricing model followed by airlines and hotels, sources said.

Like flyers pay more for front-row seats, railway passengers too could be paying extra for seats of their choice, the sources said.

There also could be an increase in fares of trains which have "convenient" timings and are more popular on a particular route, they said.

The committee has also recommended that instead of having flat fares, the railways should increase fares during festive seasons, and reduce them during lean months.

It has also suggested that passengers be offered discounts on trains reaching destinations at inconvenient times, for example between 0000 and 0400 hours and 1300 and 1700 hours, they said.

The committee consists of some officials, adviser Ravinder Goyal, Executive Director (Revenue Management) of Air India Meenakshi Malik, professor S Sriram, and Iti Mani, Director, Revenue, Le Meridien, Delhi.

The committee, which submitted its report to the yesterday, has proposed these changes in the which led to up to 50 per cent increase in fares of premium trains, drawing opposition from certain sections.

Under the flexi formula, base fares increase by 10 per cent (up to 50 per cent) after every 10 per cent of berths booked.

The committee, the sources said, has also recommended premium charges for overnight trains and trains with pantry cars.

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First Published: Wed, January 17 2018. 00:07 IST
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