With an aim to improve earnings and occupancy, Indian Railways is planning to give a discount of up to 25% on ticket fares.
It will be applicable in air-conditioned executive class and chair cars of trains like Tejas Express, Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi Express, Double Decker and Intercity Express, which have less than 50% occupancy rates.
A circular issued by railways said, “If the passenger occupancy is less on the entire route or it is less in between any two special stations, a decision will be taken on that basis.”
For example, several seats remain vacant from Kanpur to Lucknow of Lucknow Shatabdi running from Delhi. In such a situation, railways will reduce the fares for that particular section.
Also, Volvo bus service is the first choice among passengers shuttling between Jaipur and Ajmer. Under the new strategy, Railways also aims to attract passengers by offering less fares than Volvo buses for such routes.