Despite facing severe criticism, the Railways on Sunday defended its decision to implement “flexi-fare” pricing of tickets on three premium trains. The Indian Railways on Sunday said a total of 50,000 tickets have been booked in the past two days since the new system was implemented and it was still the cheapest mode of transport available in the country.
Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohammad Jamshed said 30 per cent of the tickets booked in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains on Friday and Saturday were flexi-fare tickets.
“In the past two days since the scheme began, 21,000 tickets were booked on 9 September and 29,000 tickets on 10 September. Out of these, 2,700 were booked under the maximum surge of 1.5 times the base fare on 9 September and 3,200 on the 10 September,” said Jamshed in a press conference.
The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party, the CPI-M and other opposition parties have unanimously vocal in their criticism of the move and have demanded its rolling back.
According to ‘Indian Express’, the move to introduce flex-fare system in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains from September 9 is aimed at raking in Rs 500 crore more during the current financial year.
As per the new system, passengers will be shelling out between 10 and 50 per cent more under the surge pricing system.