Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has today confirmed that Indian Railways are also going to offer special discounts on train tickets if trains were not fully booked. Just like Airlines, and Hotels offers the flexi fares for customers, Indian Railways also going to implement the discount offers for train travelers. The Indian Railways flexi-fare scheme to be monitored by a special team of 6 members. Piyush Goyal has affirmed that the national transporter is going to implement this special reduction on train fares like dynamic pricing on airlines, hotels etc,
Railways To Offer Special Discounts Like Airlines, Hotels, Piyush Goyal
“We have been deliberating on a dynamic pricing policy. So far we have been discussing that the price should not go up but I want to go a step ahead. I am exploring a possibility where suppose trains are not going full like in airlines we get discounted fairs.
“We will use (Ashwani) Lohani’s expertise…like there is dynamic pricing in hotels. First the prices are low..then the prices go high and then later you get discounts on the remaining rooms through bookmyhotel or other websites,” Goyal said.
“Just like the airlines and hotels where a person gets discount at that last minute, it (the railways) should also offer discounts on the routes with relatively low occupancy,” he said.
Special Committee To Watch Out Railway Flexi-fare Plan
Indian Railways has formed the 6-member committee on 11th December. The committee has been ordered to prescribe approaches to offer a more profitable plan which may incorporate loyalty and other advantages to the travelers. The board has also demanded that the board consider modifications or revisions to the flexi-passage framework to offer travelers adaptability of rates during the tight season, lean season or during weekdays, ends of the week or celebrations. The board has been made the order to present its report within 30 days.
The flexi-toll framework, launched in September 2016, prompted up to 50 percent increment in charges. Under the equation, base passages increment from 10 percent to 50 percent with each 10 percent of berths booked. While revenue has raised the railroads lost travelers as a few compartments stayed empty, authorities said. Goyal also said that in the coming year, plans are being made to amplify use of advantages.
“In the airlines, we see the maintenance of an aircraft is completed within 30 minutes and it is made ready to go for another journe. In the same way, the railway rakes should be utilised to full capacity.
“It is a saying that one should be able to sweat one’s assets. Right now a Rajdhani Express train from Delhi to Mumbai stays at the station for maintenance. It can be maintained and cleaned by 22 teams in 30 minutes and again made fit to go on a journey of two or three hours, beside its original return journey,” he said.
“It can be utilised for a small trip in that time. Going ahead I would want that the trip between Delhi and Mumbai be completed in 11 hours and half-an-hour on each side goes in maintenance. So a round trip would become possible,” the minister said.