New Delhi, Sep 13: Railways on Friday decided to rationalise the fare structure and composition of Humsafar class of trains making them more affordable and comfortable, providing a big relief to its passengers who can now enjoy the modern facilities of these classic trains at lower rates.
The various decisions of Railways include doing away with the existing variable fare system of the Humsafar class of trains which means these trains will now have only ‘fixed’ fare system.
The Ministry said now the base fare of Humsafar trains will be 1.15 times of the base fare of Mail/Express Trains and not “Superfast” Mail/Express Trains which will lead to reduction in the Humsafar base fare.
Also, the Tatkal charges in Humsafar have also been reduced from existing 1.5 times of Humsafar base fare to approximately 1.3 times of Humsafar base fare. These Tatkal charges will be subject to maximum and minimum limit like normal Tatkal rule. This means that Tatkal fare in Humsafar trains has been brought equivalent to the Normal Tatkal Rule of other Mail/Express trains.
The Railways said sleeper class coaches will also be attached in addition to existing only 3AC class coaches as per the requirement and as per the decision of the Zonal Railways. Tickets under current booking after the first charting shall be sold with 10 per cent discount on the applicable basic fare and other supplementary charges like all other trains.
The revised fare structure shall be implemented w.e.f Advance Reservation Period/No booking date after making required changes in PRS system.
The attachment of the sleeper class coaches has already been started with effect from September 13, this year. Four Sleeper class coaches have already been attached in Anand Vihar-Allahabad Humsafar Express today.
Other charges like reservation fee, superfast surcharge, GST etc., as applicable shall be levied separately. Catering will be optional.
Coming to the vacant berths, Railways said such berths left after first charting would be offered for current booking.
Moreover, tickets under current booking shall be sold with 10 per cent discount on the applicable basic fare and other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, GST, as applicable shall be levied in full.
With these announcement, the advance reservation period (ARP) shall be 120 days, issue of tickets on warrants shall be allowed.
Normal cancellation and refund rule will apply. (UNI)