A sigh of relief for train travellers!! Indian Railways has removed the Flexi-fare from Humsafar Express train tickets. So Humsafar trains will have a fixed fare system, unlike other premium trains. As per the latest circular released by the railway board, the Humsafar Express train ticket prices will be reduced. In addition to this, the Ministry of Railways will also attach sleeper class coaches to Humsafar Express trains.
Railway authorities have changed the Humsafar Express's base fare to 1.15 times of the base fare of Mail/Express trains. Along with this, the prices of tatkal quota for Humsafar Express has also been cut down. Earlier tatkal quota used to be 1.5 times the normal base fare but now, it will be 1.3 times the base fare now. An official said that, after making the necessary changes in the reservation system, slashed ticket prices will be applicable to 35 pairs of Humsafar Express trains.
Humsafar Express was launched as an ac 3-tier premium service. As per the new circular, zonal railways have been granted permission to attach sleeper class as well as chair-car coaches. On September 13, 2019, four sleeper class coaches are already been added in Anand Vihar-Allahabad Humsafar Express (22438) and its down rake Anand Vihar Humsafar (22437).
In the current booking, Humsafar Express will be sold at a 10 percent discount that is applicable on the base fare, and other supplementary charges like superfast tariffs, reservation fees, and GST will be imposed.
As per the Flexi-fare scheme which was introduced in 2016, railways levy an incremental charge of 10 percent on each train ticket booked. Flexi-fare scheme is rationalized in various trains by cutting down the base fare from 1.5 times to 1.4 times. This has been done to cope up with the heavy discounts and offers provided by the airlines and its other competitors. At present, flexi-fare scheme is applicable to 141 trains out of a total of 13,452 trains.
Flexi-fare removal by the Indian Railways has been announced weeks after it has offered a 25 percent discount on premium trains with ac chair-car and executive class which includes Shatabdi, Gatimaan, Tejas, Double Decker, and Intercity Express trains.
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