Railways to launch Humsafar Express today
Tickets for the services will also follow a surge pricing system, under which 50% of the tickets will be sold at the higher base rate, after which there will be a 10% price increase on every 10% of tickets sold
The Indian Railways on Thursday will launch the Humsafar Express, with 16 AC III tier coaches and two power cars, Live Mint reported. The train will run at 110 to 130 kmph between Anand Vihar in Ghaziabad to Gorakhpur, stopping at Chipyana Buzurg, Gonda, Kanpur Central, Lucknow (NR), Barabanki and Basti, covering the distance in 13 hours.
The Train has been facilitated with numerous features meant to provide luxury to middle-class passengers such as CCTV, Global Positioning System (GPS)-based passenger information system, mobile and laptop charging points, integrated braille display for the visually impaired, smoke detection and suppression system and a high quality exterior and interior design among others.
Passengers have to shell out 1.15 percent more as base fare than the normal Mail/Express AC-3. Tickets for the services will also follow a surge pricing system, under which 50% of the tickets will be sold at the higher base rate, after which there will be a 10% price increase on every 10% of tickets sold.
A Railways Ministry official said the higher manufacturing cost for the trains was the reason for the “special fares”. In September, surge pricing for tickets was also introduced for services such as the Rajdhani and Shatabdi in September. The Humsafar Express service was first announced by Prabhu during the presentation of the 2016-’17 Rail Budget.
"Since manufacturing cost of these coaches with modern facilities is higher than the normal AC coaches there has to be special fares for these services, a senior Railway Ministry official said.