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Surge pricing to come into effect from September 9 on Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto tickets
Come tomorrow and you will have to shell out almost 50 per cent extra for travelling on Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains, if you book your tickets a little late.

Much akin to the aviation sector, Indian Railways has introduced surge pricing in railway tickets of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains. This means that the fare would keep going up as the tickets get booked, based on the demand supply ratio.

Passengers are divided over this new system introduced by the government. While many feel that the hike in fares is steep, a few are of the opinion that higher fares will ensure better facilities in trains.

As per the new policy, 10 per cent tickets will be sold at the regular base fare. But, after that, the fare could go up by as much as 50 per cent more than what you pay today. According to the new system, the fare of Amritsar-Delhi Shatabdi which is Rs 749 could go up to Rs 1,140 if you book your tickets late. Similarly, the fare of Rs 2,870 you pay today for a 2AC ticket on Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani could rise up to Rs 4,055.

Although the opposition has slammed the government over this move and called it `anti people' and many passengers are unhappy over the hike in prices, there are also a few who are ready to shell out more if the railways promises to improve its services.

There are many people who feel that this new system will work towards the advantage of touts, who will book tickets in advance at cheaper prices and sell them at premium rates to needy passengers.

A few people have said that by this move the middle class passengers will get most affected, as the railways has exempted first class AC and executive chair car tickets of surge pricing. This has been done to check high class passengers from shifting to air travel.

Arvind Kumar Yadav, who works in a corporate organization in Gurgaon, says, "This move will hit the middle income group people the most. It is absolutely wrong and unjustified."

The railways is looking to generate an additional revenue of Rs 500 crore through this flexi fare system. 

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