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Indian Railways reduces fares and discontinues Flexi-fares in some trains

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In a relief to passengers, the Railways has dispensed with flexi-fares in 15 trains completely. The scheme will no longer be applicable in 32 trains during lean periods, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said Wednesday, adding that flexi fares have also been reduced from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket in 101 trains.

“As a gift to passengers this festive season, Railways has decided to reduce Flexi Fares from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare, and to completely remove Flexi Fares from trains with less than 50 per cent occupancy,” the minister tweeted. “Win-Win Situation: The reduction of Flexi Fares is going to benefit both the passengers that can now avail tickets at cheaper rates, as well the Railways that will see a surge in demand and occupancy,” he said.

The decision was taken after a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report in July had flagged the dipping occupancy level since the scheme was introduced in September 2016 and had recommended rationalisation of flexi-fare.

On September 9, 2016, the railways had introduced flexi-fare for premier trains: 44 Rajdhani, 52 Duronto and 46 Shatabdi Express trains, PTI reported. Under this, the base fare increases by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold, subject to a prescribed limit. There was no change in the existing fare for first AC and economy class.

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