The new 'gamechanger' Economy AC 3-tier coaches in the Indian Railways fleet promise a comfortable, faster ride for the ordinary sleeper class passengers, much used to open windows, dust and noise. They also pose a significant challenge to officials who have to decide the tricky issue of fixing the fare. A little too high and the objective of introducing these new modern coaches meant for high speed comfortable travel may get defeated. A little too low and the railways may end up killing its only clearly profitable class - the normal AC 3-Tier. So what should be done? We take a deep dive into why this is not an easy decision to take, the classes of rail travel that are profitable, the impact of dynamic fares on them and what experts think should be the fix that will be a win-win.
I guess ANTYODAYA Train was introduced for those General class people for faster commutation from one place to another and its doing well. Railway is thinking of every class and not only focusing one general class.
Antyodaya was introduced but still they are much less in numbers. If you look at all the important daily trains : Few examples TN Express, GT express, Trains from East to North, similarly trains from North East to South...many of these trains have SL class always full. There are very less GEN coaches and so SL gets crowded. If we keep reducing SL and have more AC's, not sure if that will solve the purpose.
I guess in future, we will have only dedicated class trains running for long distances
1) AC trains (premium and economy) - Rajdhani's, Shatabdi's and other premier trains will fall under this
2) Sleeper trains + General trains - Antyodaya and jansadharan trains with certain reserved coaches.
3) Mix trains - Short distance intercities/passengers with mix combo of classes (ACC, CC, 2S, DD)
These new Economy AC 3 Tier will replace Sleeper Coaches soon.
Coming years in some trains.
I agree your views and i think more Superfast ANTYODAYA should run on the basis of passengers frequency and demand. But ANTYODAYA should be converted into chair class so that extra passengers should not crowd the train and increase of frequency.