Ministry of India Railways declared Flexible fare pricing for its Duronto, Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains starting from 9 of this September. The fares will be hiked by 10 percent with every 10 percent berths reserved.
The First 10 percent of the berths will be sold at a regular fare charge in the beginning and goes on increasing by 10 percent with every 10 percent of seats sold. The upper limit for the hike is fixed at 50 percent maximum depending upon the demand.
Maximum hike for 2AC and Chair Car is marked at 50 % and 40 % for 3AC. Other supplementary charges which include superfast charge, reservation fees, service tax, catering costs remained same. Vacant berths left at the time of preparing a chart will be offered for current booking.
Tickets booked under existing booking will be sold at the highest price for that class and all other supplementary charges like super fast charges, service tax, catering charges, reservation fee, etc. as applicable will be charged in full.
The info regarding the hiked ticket price is displayed to the passenger at the time of booking in case the lower class fare becomes higher than the upper class to opt travel in higher class. The least price of tickets for each class for a particular train will be printed in the reservation chart. This serves the purpose of charging the passengers in the train without a valid ticket and charging the difference in fares in the train etc. however. The government hasn’t made any changes in the existing refund policy.
The newly revised fares will not apply to the tickets issued already in advance for the commencement of journey on or after 09.09.2016. The difference in the charge will not be collected from the passengers who have bought the tickets at pre-revised rates.