In a bid to increase the ridership of air-conditioned (AC) local trains on the Central and the Western Railway lines, the railway ministry is likely to undertake a reduction in fare prices and introduce more amenities soon.
Reduction in fare of the AC local trains along with steps to ‘popularise’ them and restructuring of their routes are some of the measures that are being studied by the Railway Board, the apex body of all zonal railways.
When will hwh-adra shiromoni start??
15th November expected date....but exact date will be as per SER PR comes. Lets see when SER PR comes finally.
I had suggested to keep the AC fare same as FC and reduce the FC by 10% along with addition of more services during peak hours to increase the popularity of AC locals. Now it has been partly accepted. I buy your point that additional fare in FC is not justified as pax get only cushion seats and no other facility. Going fwd all services should be AC.
** Since the construction cost of a suburban railways is very less as compared to an underground/ elevated Metro, IR keeping fares of AC suburban trains higher than the metro fare is totally unjustified.
** Suburban AC fare should actually be lesser than the metro fare
** IR always have a very strong tendency to recover the losses incurred in non ac class through the AC class, and in process make it very costly and lose its profitable traffic & market share to other modes of transport.
Mumbai suburban goes up to 125 km in 4 different routes, where metro is well within the halfway mark. Metro will be confined to MMRDA limits and even less.
So it may not be exactly possible to convert all trains to AC in long term, too. No one from DRD or KSRA will pay metro fare for local AC travel. But it will certainly prevent local vendors selling headphones, popcorn and other items inside AC locals.
Last year, when Indian Railways invited bids to operate private trains on its network, only two entities had evinced interest at the financial bidding stage
After the lukewarm response to its first set of tenders for private trains and criticism from the industry about the structure of the tender, the Ministry of Railways is now working to roll out a new set of tenders by February next year, multiple government officials told Moneycontrol.
In today's world time is most important factor and a working day equals to Rs 1000-5000 depending on the income factor for journey of 24 hrs and above travellers are willing to put for the air fare to stay in office/family/home. So air travel is bound to increase. Railways should concentrate more on distances of 500-1000 which should be completed within 15hrs overnight and able to reach the destination between 500 to 900 and leave at 1700 to 2300 for higher classes to retain and these distance slabs attract the highest income per km run.
** Railways has missed golden opportunity to make good use of LHB coaches after making huge investment in procurement of such coaches as well as the transfer of technology.
** IR could use of LHB coaches for M/E/SF trains and operated them at 130kmph on Rajdhani/Shatabdi routes (NDLS-BCT/HWH/MAS etc routes) rather than randomly allotting such coaches sometimes to to slower express trains.
** LHB trains continue to be operated at 110 kmph even on Rajdhani routes
**IR usually brand some trains as special trains at its whims and fancies and charge higher than normal fares. Many times such trains have longer journey times, old coaches, no pantry car facilities and poor punctuality.
** Charges should be based on the economic value of the service and not just the branding of the train.
** Travellers shall pay higher charge for some speciality which may be faster speed, shorter journey time, convenient arrival/departure timings, better/comfortable interiors, better on board facilities like pantry car, wi-fi, etc.
** IR could have charged higher base fare for such (LHB-130kmph operated) trains within line with Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains for higher speed, safer coaches and better interiors.
** People could have readily paid higher fares for such trains for the time saved, better comforts & safer journey.
** In fact many of such trains could been operated close on the heels of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto expresses.
** High Speed Trains are the best answer for short distance fast trvel..
** Upto 1000kms, a 350 KMPH HST and Air travel practically take same end to end journey after accounting for checkout time and time taken to reach airports which are far off as compared to Rly stns which are usually located at city center.
** 350kmph HST is an environment friendly option but the huge investment warrants heavy traffic flow to the tune of 1 lacs per day