New Delhi: Railway passengers planning their journey in advance can now get cheaper deals if suggestions of a fare review committee are approved by the Railway Board.
Just like in air travel, the committee has suggested graded discounts depending on the number of vacant seats in a train. The panel submitted its report to the Railway Board earlier this week.
The move would be similar to airlines offering heavy discounts to passengers if they book their tickets months in advance. Officials said that the committee has recommended discounts from 50 per cent to 20 per cent depending on the number of vacant seats available at the time of booking.
The committee has also proposed discounts for tickets booked after charts have been made. It has said that discounts can be offered in slots from two days to two hours before the departure of the train.
According to the panel recommendations, passengers will also have to pay more for choosing lower berths, just like air travellers pay more for front-row seats.
At the same time, senior citizens, people with disabilities and pregnant women could be allotted the seats free of charge. The committee has also suggested that fares be increased for those trains which reach their destinations at “convenient” times such as early morning as against those that arrive at “odd hours” for example between midnight and 4 am and at 1 pm and 5 pm.
The committee has also recommended that instead of having flat fares, the railways should increase fares during festive seasons, and reduce them during lean months....