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Today (01:43) Higher flexi-fares for you on Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto: CAG tears into Indian Railways (www.financialexpress.com)
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Trains:  August Kranti Rajdhani Express/12953   Howrah - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Gaya)/12301   Rajendra Nagar (Patna) - New Delhi Rajdhani Express/12309   Sealdah - New Delhi Rajdhani Express/12313   Bhubaneswar - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Adra)/22811   Dibrugarh Town - New Delhi Rajdhani Express/12423   New Delhi - Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express/12425   Thiruvananathapuram Central - Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express/12431   Chennai Central - Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express/12433   Secunderabad - Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express/12437   Ranchi - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Bokaro Steel City)/20839   Bilaspur - New Delhi Rajdhani Express/12441   Ranchi - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Daltonganj)/12453   Mumbai Central - New Delhi Rajdhani Express/12951   Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express/12957   Dibrugarh - New Delhi Rajdhani Express/12235   Bhubaneswar - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Tatanagar)/22823   Bhubaneswar - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Sambalpur City)/20817   Agartala - Anand Vihar Terminal Rajdhani Express/20501  
Indian Railways’ flexi-fare scheme for its premium Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express trains has been criticised by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. In its latest report, the CAG has observed a worrying trend for Indian Railways – passengers are choosing air travel over trains on routes where fares in Rajdhanis and Durontos are higher due to the flexi-fare scheme! Not only that, on several routes passengers are opting for the longer duration but cheaper Mail/Express trains instead of paying higher train fares for Rajdhanis, Durontos and Shatabdis! CAG has also pointed to the fact that in the past four years there is a declining trend in passengers carried by Indian Railways.
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the flexi-fare scheme, CAG admits that the passenger earnings have increased. There has been an increase of Rs 552 crore in passenger earnings after flexi-fare was introduced. However, Indian Railways carried 6.75 lakh less passengers in its premier trains post introduction of the scheme, despite a 3% increase in berth potential.
Introduced in September 2016, the flexi-fare scheme charges passengers higher fare as the berths fill up. The fare increases by 10% as every 10% of the berths/seats get sold. This is with a cap of 140% for AC-3 tier class and 150% for all classes except AC First and Executive Chair Car. For this report, CAG has examined data between 9 September 2015 and 31 July 2016, that is the pre-flexi scheme period and between 9 September 2016 to 31 July 2017, that is the post-flexi scheme period. Financial Express Online takes a look at some data points that CAG has showcased to point to the problems of the flexi-fare scheme:
1. According to the CAG before introducing the flexi-fare system, Indian Railways experimented with dynamic/enhanced fare. For example, under Tatkal scheme 30% of the seats/berths were allotted at enhanced fare of 30% more than the normal fare. In such a case berths remained vacant by as much as 5-23% in AC 2, AC 3 and CC classes of all the Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains, observed CAG. Only in the sleeper class of Duronto did the Tatkal tickets get booked. Hence, CAG is of the view that when Indian Railways was unable to fully utilise 30% of seats/berths under Tatkal scheme with enhanced fare, the decision to allot 90% seats under flexi-fare with higher fare up to 40-50% was “not judicious”.
2. CAG states that the vacant seats which were 10.11% of the total potential before flexi-fare introduction increased to 15.10%. The total number of passengers carried during the pre-and-post flexi-fare scheme period decreased from 2.47 crore to 2.40 crore, which is a de-growth of 2.65%. This happened despite availability of higher number of berths/seats!
3. No case of flexi-fare in AC 3-tier: CAG cites an Indian Railways’ White Paper of 2015 on AC 3-tier class. The White paper states that Ac 3-tier is the only class that breaks even at 75% occupancy. But, the occupancy in AC 3 tier has dropped significantly after introduction of flexi-fare, states CAG. The vacant berths increased from 0.66% to 4.46%. Hence, CAG believes that the introduction of flexi-fare in AC 3-tier class, which was already a profit making class, was not fair.
4. Impact of flexi-fare on occupancy in other trains: “The occupancy of AC 2 and AC 3 tier class of Mail/Express trains on the same routes as Rajdhani trains was significantly higher than the occupancy of corresponding classes of Rajdhani trains and was more than 100 per cent in after the introduction of the flexi-fare system,” says CAG. This points to the fact that passengers preferred Mail/Express trains over the Rajdhani/Duronto/ Shatabdi trains despite a higher travel time for the former.
5. Air travel lucrative! CAG compared the AC-2 tier fares of Rajdhani and Duronto trains in 13 sectors to economy air fares and in several found air fares to be cheaper. According to the CAG, this indicated that when compare to the cost and time taken for travel by AC 2 and AC 3-tier, air travel by economy class was cheaper and hence the preferred mode of travel. On one hand the number of train passengers of AC 2 and AC 3-tier class of premier trains shows a decreasing trend, on the other hand air passengers have shown increasing trend. According to CAG, this means that the decrease in occupancy in premier trains led to passengers shifting to air for travel in these sectors.
6. CAG also slams Indian Railways for not improving the punctuality rate of the Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains, despite introducing flexi-fare. Even after introduction of flexi-fare, punctuality of trains has not been maintained, it notes adding that in 19 Rajdhanis, out of 311 services around 78% were delayed! The figures for Durontos and Shatabdis are equally dismal.
7. No improvement in quality: CAG carried out a survey for passenger feedback and discovered that they expect better quality services commensurate with the enhanced fare. However, at present many of them feel that they have not derived value for money and time spent in the Premier trains and that they would prefer to switch over to other modes of transport, CAG notes.
  
Yesterday (23:10) Fire damages solar panels at New Delhi station platforms (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: There was a minor scare at New Delhi railway station recently after a fire broke out on the roof of platforms 9 and 10 of the station, damaging solar panels along with portions of the roof. The incident took place around 1am on July 10, but no casualties were reported.Sources said the incident had taken place due to a short circuit, which occurred from an IRCTC vending machine installed at the station. “An enquiry was conducted and it was discovered that the source of the fire was a vending machine. The short circuit caused the roof, and the solar panels on top of it, to catch fire, while a couple of benches were also damaged in the process,” said an official.Railways said the fire was brought under control within minutes, and both RPF and railway staff had been called into action. “The fire was doused by us before the...
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fire tenders reached the spot, using fire extinguishers and other equipment. We were helped with the fact that there was not much of a crowd at the station,” said an RPF official, involved in the operation.Railways said the solar panels will soon be replaced, while another audit will be conducted to ensure no such incidents occur again.Delhi’s Subzi Mandi railway station had also seen a minor fire on July 12, after the 12425 Jammu Rajdhani express reached the station. Railway officials said that a miscreant had thrown a rag towards the train that caught fire when the locomotive passed across it, causing ‘sparking’ from the overhead equipment (OHE).“The situation was brought under control and the train departed after all the necessary clearances and checks were made,” a railway official said.

  
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Yesterday (21:35) Flexi fare scheme of Railways decreased occupancy: CAG (news.webindia123.com)
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The CAG said, "Though, Railway earned Rs 552 crore from passenger earnings from the premier trains post flexi fare system during 9 September 2016 to 31 July 2017, there was de-growth of 2.65 per cent in number of passengers despite availability of higher number of berths/seats, which resulting in sub-optimal utilisation of national assets".
There was a need for review and fine tuning in the scope of the scheme so that not only more revenue was earned but number of passengers also increased, resulting in enhancing of revenue, it said.
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absolute numbers, the premier trains carried 2,40,79,899 passengers during post flexi period as compared to 2,47,36,469 passengers during pre-flexi period.
The Railway Ministry implemented the flexi-fare scheme in all Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains in September 2016.
A comparison with air fare for different advance reservation periods in 13 sectors also showed that air fares were cheaper than the respective train fares for a large number of routes or sectors.
"Railway Board introduced few measures like reducing the Tatkal quota from 30 per cent to 10 per cent, discounted fare in AC Chair Car of two Shatabdi trains and 10 per cent rebate in the last fare on the vacant berths after preparation of first chart during December 2016. These measures improved the occupancy of the premier trains to some extent. This showed rail passengers did not perceive value for their money in flexi fare system in premier trains," the national auditor said. It also said that the passenger survey by audit also showed that passengers expect better quality services commensurate with enhanced fare.
  
Yesterday (23:07) Shravani Mela: SER to run special MEMU train between Tatanagar and Jasidih (www.avenuemail.in)
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Jamshedpur, July 20 : Devotees visiting Shravani Mela this year can look forward to a more comfortable pilgrimage. South Eastern Railway authorities will soon announce mail and express trains ferrying through the Chakradharpur division to be halted at Mahadevshal (West Singhbhum) for two minutes for the devotees to offer prayers.
The train Howrah Titlagarh Ispat Express will halt. The trains included Tata-Patna South Bihar Express, Tata-Alleppy Express, and Puri-Nizamuddin Utkal Express will also halt.
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of devotees heading for Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar. The eight-coach train will run on all days, except Sundays.
According to officials in Kolkata’s Garden Reach, the headquarters of South Eastern Railway, the train will leave Tatanagar at 1.35pm and reach Jasidih at 9.30pm.
On its return journey, the train will start from Jasidih at 3.25am and reach Tatanagar at 1 pm. The train would halt at Chandil, Barabhum, Purulia, Anara, Madhukunda, Burnpur, Adityapur, Gamharia, Kandra and some other stations between Asansol and Jasidih.
“The idea is to meet the rush of devotees heading for Deoghar,” a SER spokesperson said. He added that they had also decided that all mail and express trains passing through Chakradharpur would halt at Mahadevshal, in West Singhbhum. The arrangement will continue for a month.
Situated on the banks of the picturesque Karo river under Goelkera block, Mahadevshal temple was established in the 19th century by a local landlord.Former Prime Minister Narsimha Rao had visited the temple in 1995 during his visit to Goelkera block, where he had come to inaugurate a 70-bed hospital at Samij Ashram, about 20 kms away from Mahadevshal. Sources in West Singhbhum district administration informed that over 1.50 lakh visitors and pilgrims visits the popular Mahadevshal temple during the holy month of Shravan last year.
  
Yesterday (22:34) बादशाहनगर-डालीगंज रेल ट्रैक के किनारे से हटाई गई 70 झोपड़ियां (www.livehindustan.com)
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रेल संरक्षा के लिए खतरनाक साबित हो रही रेलवे ट्रैक के किनारे बसी झोपड़ियों को हटाने का काम आरपीएफ ने शुरू कर दिया है। शुक्रवार को बादशाहनगर गेट संख्या 4 से 6 के बीच करीब 70 झोपड़ियों को हटाया गया। इस दौरान आरपीएफ को वहां रहने वालों का विरोध भी झेलना पड़ा लेकिन इसके बाद भी सभी झोपड़ियों को हटा दिया गया है। साथ ही उनको दोबारा झोपड़ी न बनाने की चेतावनी भी दी गई है।मंडल सुरक्षा आयुक्त सहरिश सिद्दीकी के निर्देश पर इंस्पेक्टर आरपीएफ एमके खान व आरपीएफ के जवानों ने बादशाहनगर से डालीगंज रेलवे ट्रैक के किनारे बनी करीब 70 झोपड़ियां व अस्थाई मकानों को गिरा दिया। इससे पहले इसी ट्रैक पर कुछ अज्ञात व्यक्तियों ने पटरियों को रोकने वाली 300 से अधिक पेनडोल क्लिप को निकाल कर ट्रेन दुर्घटना कराने की साजिश रची थी लेकिन ट्रैकमैनों की सतर्कता की वजह से हादसा होते-होते बच गया था। शुक्रवार को...
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आरपीएफ ने ट्रैक के किनारे बनी बस्तियों को हटाने का काम शुरू कर दिया है। आरपीएफ के मुताबिक ट्रैक के किनारे लोगों ने कच्चे मकान तक बना डाले थे। इनको शुक्रवार को जमीदोज कर दिया गया है। साथ ही इनको भविष्य में दोबारा ट्रैक के किनारे झोपड़ियां न बनाने की हिदायत दी गई है।
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