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Blog Entry# 2033511
Posted: Oct 23 2016 (14:53)

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Last Response: Oct 24 2016 (21:02)
According to data, railways collected Rs4,072 crore from October 1 to 10 this year which declined by Rs232 crore in 2015-16. Last year, railways' revenue during this period was Rs4,304 crore. Sources said the ministry was expecting to generate Rs1,000 crore from surge pricing in one year of which Rs200 crore was expected in the month of October alone. However, the airline companies have made a significant dent into railways' passenger share. The Indian Railways runs around 12,000 trains with 22 million passengers and operates 8,000 trains to ferry around 3 million tonnes of freight per day.The much-criticised flexi fare scheme in premium trains to increase railways' revenue has done just the opposite. Despite surge pricing in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express trains during the festive season, railways' revenue collection in the first half of October had declined by Rs232 crores as compared to the previous year.
trend is likely to continue during the winter vacations Christmas and New Year - as a majority of seats in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains are vacant for the months of December and January. These include trains to destinations like Goa, Kerala, Mumbai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Lucknow and Chennai, among others.A senior railway ministry official said occupancy in these trains has been hit by 15 to 20 per cent after flexi fare scheme was introduced. The ministry was expecting a significant rise in revenue collection but the result has been quite disappointing. "The flexi fare scheme has backfired. Occupancy in trains has gone down substantially as passengers are getting flight tickets at cheaper rates. The railway ministry will review the scheme only after three months," said the official.
A number of trains like Mumbai Rajdhani, August Kranti Rajdhani, Sealdah Rajdhani and Trivandrum Rajdhani have a large number of vacant seats during mid-December. Normally these trains would have a long wait list but airline companies have been offering tickets to destinations like Goa, Kochi and Mumbai at prices as low as Rs3,000. Similarly, Shatabdi trains to Amritsar, Lucknow and Kanpur have shown low occupancy during this period.A comprehensive data also shows that railways' income from all sources has reduced by Rs3,854 crore so far this financial year. This includes income from freight which is a major source of railways' revenue. During the first six months of 2015-16, the railways had collected Rs84,747 crore but this year the income has reduced to Rs80,893 crore during the same period. Officials said the decline in revenue collection is a cause of worry for the railway ministry as it comes despite introducing alternative measures to augment revenue collection. While railways has planned largescale commercial exploitation of its unused properties, it has also created a directorate of non-fare revenue. The mandate of the directorate is to explore new ways of generating money, mainly by harnessing its advertisement potential, without interfering with the passenger fares. However, a major loss in freight revenue forced the railways to introduce surge pricing in premium trains from September 9 this year.Under the surge pricing scheme, fares will increase with every 10 per cent of the tickets sold in Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains. It will translate into a fare hike of up to 50 per cent in such premium trains and may fetch Indian Railways Rs1,000 crore every year. The flexifare system is applicable in AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, and AC chair car in the three trains, besides sleeper class in Duronto express trains. First AC and Executive Class have been kept out of the new system because of its prevailing high tariffs.
Close on the heels of surge pricing, luxury trains like Humsafar and Tejas Express trains, likely to be launched in a couple of months, will have fares that nearly 20 per cent higher than the normal Mail and Express trains. This, experts believe, may also be a deterrent for passengers as is evident from poor occupancy in India's fastest Gatimaan Express.

Oct 23 2016 (14:53)
12301HowrahRajdhaniTheGod~   2448 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 2033511-1            Tags   Past Edits
Roll back surge pricing

Oct 24 2016 (21:02)
░▒▓█ RAILROAD █▓▒░   185 blog posts   14864 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2033511-2            Tags   Past Edits
Another Failure..
This scheme was not brought to increase revenues of train travelers but to make a/c travelers use air travel..

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