In line with the aviation sector, Indian Railways is introducing a flexi fare system for premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. The changes in fares will come into force from September 9, but will not apply to tickets that have already been issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after that date. Now, the base fare for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains will be on a flexi system. “The base fares will increase by 10% with every 10% of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit. There will be no change in the existing fare for 1AC and EC class of travel,” said the Ministry of Railways release. Other supplementary charges like catering charges, reservation charges, service tax, superfast charge will be levied separately, based on applicability. These will not see any change.
According to Railways, any vacant berths will be offered for current booking. “Tickets under current booking shall be sold at the last price sold for that class and other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full,” Railways has said. Railways has said that the information with regards to flexi fares will be displayed to the passenger at the time of booking, so that in case the fare of the lower class exceeds that of the higher class, the customer can exercise the option to travel by the higher class.
Additionally, Railways has directed that the last price for every class of tickets for the particular train should be printed in the reservation chart for the purpose of charging of difference of fare in the train or charging the passengers of the train without ticket etc. There shall be no Premium Tatkal Quota in these train services. No additional charges as “Tatkal charges” will be levied. The berths assigned under the Tatkal quota shall be booked at the rate of 1.5 times of the base fare for all classes (2S, SL, 2A, 3A and CC) except 1AC and EC. Other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full.