New Delhi: Indian Railways on Wednesday proposed the discontinuation of ‘Flexi Fare’ on trains in which average unidirectional monthly occupancy is less than 50 per cent throughout the year. The scheme has been scrapped in 15 premium trains completely, while it will no longer be applicable in 32 trains during lean periods. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Rs 1885 Crore Refunded to Passengers Who Booked Tickets During Lockdown

Furthermore, the flexi fare has been reduced from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare in 101 trains. The Railways may also offer up to 20 per cent discount on flexi fare tickets on trains which have less than 40 per cent occupancy, Zee Media sources. Also Read - Indian Railways Latest News: This Trains Have Been Rescheduled Because of Cyclone Nisarga | Check List

The move may bring some relief to the passengers who are suffer due to high ticket prices under the flexi fare scheme in premium trains viz Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi express. Also Read - Taking Trains From or Deboarding at Delhi From June 1? Check Entry And Exit Plans of Stations Here

“As a gift to passengers this festive season, Railways has decided to reduce Flexi Fares from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare, and to completely remove Flexi Fares from trains with less than 50 per cent occupancy,” the minister tweeted.

“Win-Win Situation: The reduction of Flexi Fares is going to benefit both the passengers that can now avail tickets at cheaper rates, as well the Railways that will see a surge in demand and occupancy,” he said.

What is Flexi-Fare?

On September 9, 2016, the railways had introduced flexi-fare for premier trains: 44 Rajdhani, 52 Duronto and 46 Shatabdi Express trains.  Under this, the base fare increases by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold, subject to a prescribed limit. There was no change in the existing fare for first AC and economy class.