Starting Friday , most Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto train tickets will cost 30-40% more than they do now.This dramatic rise is because the railways has introduced surge pricing on these trains for all classes except first class AC and executive chair car.
Under the scheme, dubbed “flexi fares“ by the railways, the current base fares will increase by 10% with every 10% of berths sold, subject to a ceiling of 1.5 times the base fare, for most classes except third AC for which the ceiling will be 1.4.This means a half-empty train will still see fares at one-and-ahalf times the current levels.
Back of the envelope calculations show that at the 1.5x level, Rajdhani and Duronto tickets will cost about 42-43% more than they do now, while Shatab di fares will rise by 32-33%. The change won’t apply to tickets already issued even if the journey is on or after that date.
Most Rajdhanis and Du rontos are fully book ed, which means that passengers will have to shell out the highest fare. This is because only the base fares will be subject to surge pricing.Other supplementary charges such as reservation charges, superfast charge, catering charges and service tax will be levied separately as they are now and there is no change in them.
amar ujala newspaper 08/09/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/