Train tickets may get cheaper as Railways mulls dynamic pricing like airlines

Lloyd Doyle
December 17, 2017

"Now if we allow toilets then they will get sanitation facility", Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Saturday. "I am exploring a possibility where suppose trains are not going full - like in airlines - we get discounted fares". Mr Goyal's remarks came days after the Railway Board formed a six-member committee to review the flexi-fare scheme.1) "We have been deliberating on a dynamic pricing policy".

Speaking after a day-long conclave of senior officials here, the Minister said the national transporter was studying a model of dynamic pricing offered by airlines and hotels.

He also asked why flexi-fares should only be meant for price increase in rail tickets. The Indian Railways is planning to imitate discount policy that hotels and airlines offer to get more customers.

"We are committed to the security of our passengers and we are thinking of providing internet connectivity and CCTV on trains", the Minister said.

To connect all the CCTVs he said that railways will provide WiFi connectivity at every station.

The meet focused on transforming Indian Railways to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "New India" by 2022, sources said adding it was in continuation of the previous conclave, Rail Vikas Shivir, held in November 2016 during the tenure of Goyal's predecessor Suresh Prabhu. "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, besides its original return journey", he said.

The railways had recently identified 983 railway stations for the installation of CCTV cameras using the Nirbhaya Fund. He said this at FICCI's AGM, "Railways is one area where we need to hurry up with the level of infrastructure expenditure".

He said: "We will take 2018 as a year where we collectively fight against atrocities against women and children, especially human trafficking".

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