Indian Railways to reduce fares of AC chair car by 25% in Vande Bharat Express and trains across the country
The fares will also depend on those of competitive modes of transport, said the Railway Board
A Railway Board order has stated that the Indian Railways will slash the fares of the AC chair car and executive classes by up to 25 percent in all trains running across India, including the Vande Bharat Express trains.
The move is set to benefit passengers who travel on trains like Vande Bharat Express, Shatabdi Express, Anubhuti and Vistadome coaches, depending on occupancy.
The fares will also depend on those of competitive modes of transport, said the Railway Board.
This scheme will not be applicable on special trains introduced as holiday or festival specials.
As per a report by sources, with a view to optimising utilisation of accommodation, the rail ministry has decided to delegate powers to principal chief commercial managers of railway zones to introduce discounted fare schemes in trains with AC seating.
The order also said that trains having "classes with occupancy less than 50 per cent (either end-to-end or in some specified legs/sections depending upon the sections where discount is to be provided) during the last 30 days shall be taken into consideration."
The discount can be given for the first and/or last leg of the journey and/or intermediate sections and/or end-to-end journey provided the occupancy is less than 50 per cent in that leg/section/end-to-end.
In case of trains where flexi fare is applicable in a particular class and the occupancy is poor, the scheme can be withdrawn initially as a measure to increase the occupancy.