Fares For Shatabdi Express Trains Likely To Come Down Soon

The Railways runs around 45 Shatabdi trains and these are among the fastest in the country.

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways could soon lower fares on select sections covered by its Shatabdi Express trains.This move comes at a time when the Indian Railways is facing the heat over flexi-fare policy.

The Indian Railways may slash fares and as many as 25 Shatabdi Express trains have been identified for the same.The Railways had last year launched a pilot project in two Shatabdi trains one running between New Delhi and Ajmer and the other between Chennai-Mysuru to study the impact of lowering of fares.

Recently, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had announced that a detailed analysis was carried out about layover time and the results have helped railways identify the routes on which new services can be introduced.

The development comes days after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said the Railways had started redevelopment of 90 railway stations.Indian Railways introduced the flexi fare system for premier trains Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi on September 9, 2016.

The Shatabdi Expresses get second highest priority, after Rajdhani Expresses which gets highest priority. The Shatabdi Express trains run over short to medium distances while the Rajdhani Expresses and the Duronto Expresses are long-distance trains.

To attract passengers, the Railways decided to match the bus fare in the premium train and reduced the ticket prices to about Rs 300 in this section.

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