'Surge pricing is looting the user': Indian Railways' latest move slammed on Twitter

Passengers travelling by Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains will have to shell out between 10 and 50 percent more under a dynamic surge pricing system to be introduced from 9 September, aimed at raking in Rs 500 crore more during the current financial year.

Representational image. AFP image

Representational image. AFP

The flexi-fare system will be introduced on an experimental basis in II AC, III AC, Chair Car in the three trains, besides sleeper class in Duronto trains. First AC and Executive Class have been kept out of the new system of the already prevailing high tariffs.

The passenger revenue target for the current fiscal is Rs 51,000 crore as against Rs 45,000 crore in the last fiscal, an increase of Rs 6000 cr for 2016-17.

Needless to say, as soon as the official announcement was made, the government received a massive backlash from the Opposition.

The Congress came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government, dubbing the surge pricing as "anti-people" and an "illegal" move aimed at "stealing" money from public pockets.

Many people took to social media to express their discontent with the government's latest move.

There are total 42 Rajdhani, 46 Shatabdi and 54 Duronto trains and the Railways expect to garner about Rs 500 crore from the new fare structure in these trains.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Sep 08, 2016 14:38 PM

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