Flexi Fare System Revenue Generated – INDIAN RAILWAYS
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 784
ANSWERED ON 21.07.2017
Revenue generated from Flexi Fare System
784 Shri Kapil Sibal Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to satate :-
(a) the details of the revenue generated through Flexi Fare System from 9th September, 2016 till 11th November, 2016;
(b) whether it is a fact that 8,95,462 seats/berths remained vacant in this period, if so, the details of the total revenue which Railways would have generated if full seats/berths were sold out;
(c) if so, whether the reason of these vacant seats is surge pricing, if not, the reasons therefor; and
(d) whether Government is planning to introduce Flexi Fare System in other than the 148 trains at present?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)
(a) to (c): Occupancy of the train varies during peak, non-peak, festivals seasons, special occasions and weekends etc. Therefore, sometimes the trains run with higher occupancy (more than the berth potential) and some times during non-peak times, some berths remain vacant. Flexi fare system has been introduced in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains from 09.09.2016. In most of these trains, advance reservation period is 120 days. From 9th September to 11th November, 2016 in many trains berths/seats thus would have been booked on old rates without Flexi fare. Therefore actual assessment of Flexi Fare system cannot be made for the period.
However, during the period from September 2016 upto June 2017, Railways have generated additional earnings of about Rs.551 crore after introduction of Flexi fare system compared to the same period of previous year. Number of passengers booked in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains during June 2017 is also more than the passengers booked in these trains during previous year.
(d): At present, there is no proposal to introduce Flexi Fare system in other trains.