Railways To Reduce Fares By 25 Per Cent For Trains Having Less Occupancy In AC Coaches


Introducing discount schemes in AC Chair Car and Executive Classes of all trains having AC sitting facilities including, Vande Bharat, Anubhuti and Vistadome coaches, the Railways has effected changes in fare structure of some trains having low occupancy.

The discount shall be implemented with immediate effect. However, no refund of fare shall be admissible for already booked passengers.

With a view to optimize utilization of accommodation in trains, it has been decided to delegate powers to Zonal Railways to introduce discounted fare scheme in trains with AC sitting accommodation, the Railways maintains.

This scheme shall be applicable in AC Chair Car and Executive classes of all trains having AC sitting accommodation including Anubhuti and Vistadome coaches.

According to the decision, the discount shall be upto maximum 25 per cent on the basic fare. Other charges like reservation charge, Super fast surcharge, GST, etc., as applicable, shall be levied separately.

The discount may be provided in any or all the classes on the basis of occupancy.

The train having classes with occupancy less than 50 per cent (either end to end or in some specified sections depending upon the sections where discount is to be provided) during the last 30 days shall be taken into consideration.

The fares of competitive mode of transport shall be the criteria while deciding quantum of discount.

The discount can be given for the first-leg of journey and/or last leg of journey and/or intermediate sections and/or end to end journey, provided occupancy is less than 50 per cent in that leg/section/end to end, as the case may be.

Such discount shall be initially implemented for a period as decided by the zones corresponding to the originating station of the train, subject to a maximum of six months for the journey dates from when it is implemented.

Discounted fare may be given for the entire duration or part duration or month wise or seasonal or for week days/ weekends based on demand pattern of the aforementioned period.

For trains with inter-zonal destinations, discount in fare may be given in consultation with other Zonal Railways.

Further review shall be made regularly and based on the occupancy, the discount may be modified/extended/withdrawn.

If modification of discount/withdrawal of the scheme is decided, the same may also be implemented with immediate effect. However no difference of fare shall be charged or collected from already booked passengers.

In case of those trains where flexi fare scheme is applicable in a particular class and the occupancy is poor, flexi fare scheme may be withdrawn initially as a measure to increase the occupancy. In case this does not result in improved occupancy, only then discount scheme may be made applicable in those trains/classes.

However tickets on railway passes/Concessional vouchers/MLA/ex-MLAs coupons/Warrants/MPs/Ex-MPs/Freedom fighters etc shall be booked on original class wise fare and not on discounted fare.

Tatkal quota shall not be earmarked in such trains for the decided period in case the discount is provided on end to end basis. Further, if discount is provided for part journey of the train, then tatkal quota may not be provided for the part of the journey where discount is given.

The discount shall for tickets booked upto preparation of 1st chart and during current booking. The discount may also be permitted onboard by TTE.

According to the Railways, this scheme shall not be applicable on special trains introduced as holiday/festival specials etc.

The provision of this scheme shall be applicable upto a period of 1 year.