No Proposal At Present to Withdraw the Flexi Fare System
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 2696
ANSWERED ON 24.03.2017
Withdrawal of flexi fare system
2696 Smt. Sarojini Hembram
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government is aware of the fact that a large number of passengers are being affected by the flexi fare system introduced for the Rajdhani Express trains;
(b) if so, when the Government is going to withdraw this system; and
(c) whether it was introduced on the basis of pilot project and whether Government has made any assessment thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)
(a): Only about 0.35% of the total passengers carried by Indian Railways are affected due to introduction of flexi fare system in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.
(b): There is no proposal at present to withdraw the flexi fare system in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.
(c): Flexi fare system has been introduced in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains w.e.f. 09.09.2016. An interim review of the flexi fare system has been made and the following changes have been made with effect from 20.12.2016 :-
(i) 10% rebate in basic fare on vacant berths/seats after preparation of first chart in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains on an experimental basis for six months.
(ii) Provision of Tatkal quota has been reduced in flexi fare trains from maximum 30% to 10% of the total available berths.
(iii) Discounted fare has been offered for the passengers of Jaipur-Ajmer and Ajmer-Jaipur in 12015/12016 New Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi Express and for the passengers of Bengaluru City-Mysuru and Mysuru-Bengaluru City in 12007/12008 Chennai Central-Mysuru Shatabdi Express on an experimental basis for a period of six months.