Revised fares for Rajdhanis, Shatabdis: 10% Discount for vacant seats, Tatkal quota to be cut down

According to experts, Railways is planning to attract last minute passengers as part of its broader goal of boosting revenue with the new revision.

Revised fares for Rajdhanis, Shatabdis: 10% Discount for vacant seats, Tatkal quota to be cut down

The Indian Railways has introduced a 10 per cent rebate on vacant berths post-finalisation of reservation charts as part of a revision of its flexi fare structure in premier trains. The world's largest employer has also cut the "tatkal" quota in Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains.

According to experts, Railways is planning to attract last minute passengers as part of its broader goal of boosting revenue with the new revision.


On September 9 this year, Railways had introduced the flexi fare system in which Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto train fares could rise between 10 per cent and 50 per cent higher of base fare with rise in demand. The move was expected to earn Rs 500 crore more in the current fiscal year. The Railway Ministry said: "We reviewed the flexi fare system after three months and decided to do some changes."

According to the Railway's decision, the 10 per cent rebate will be applied for the base fare of the last ticket sold for a class just before the preparation of the chart.

The reservation fare, the super-fast charge and the service tax will be levied full. The new decision will be implemented on an experimental basis for six months from December 20, 2016.

There had been 5,871 vacant berths in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains from September 9 to October 31,2016, according to Railways. Also, the "tatkal" quota of Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains reduced to 10 per cent of the total class-wise accommodation.

A review of the utilization of "tatkal" berths would be done by Zonal Railways after a fortnight and based on the results quota might be upped to a maximum of  30 per cent of total class-wise accommodation in the train.

National carrier Air India made a similar move in July to lower its last minute ticket fares to the level of tier-2 AC Rajdhani trains. The move was considered to attract more fliers and achieve a higher seat occupancy.