The Indian railways is all set to introduce new air condition trains to cater the increasing demand of passengers during this festive season, and also introduce dynamic fare charges, taking cue from airlines this season. Keeping New Year and Christmas in mind, the Railways have come up with this decision.
Under dynamic fare system , tariff will be determined by the demand with an aim of boosting its revenues. The premier AC special trains will have only AC-2 and AC-3 classes with Rajdhani Express like facilities including catering. The Railways, which is facing revenue deficit to the tune of about Rs 26,000 crore per year, has decided to start with this experiment to earn some extra cash, reported indiatvnews.com.
It has been launched on an experimental basis, where premium AC train would be seen on the Delhi-Mumbai route, as it is scheduled for 4 trips staring December 24 – January 2. The advance reservation period for this train will be 15 days. However, the fare is expected to be higher than those of Rajdhani Tatkal. Fares should not be a concern for many, as passengers are more on the lookout of reaching their destination with a booked ticket in their hand.
The booking can only be done through the IRCTC portal and not through booking counters in any of the reservation centres. These trains will have very few stoppages, and none for commercial reasons. The trains shall originate and terminate at New Delhi and Mumbai Central stations.