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Railways Scrap Flexi Fare For Few Trains, Reduces Fares During Lean Season 

In a huge relief for passengers, Indian Railways scrapped flexi-fare in 15 premium trains. The scheme will no longer be applicable in 32 trains during lean periods.

The ministry has also reduced flexi fares from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare in 101 trains, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

On Sept. 9, 2016, the Railways had introduced flexi-fare for premier trains including 44 Rajdhani, 52 Duronto and 46 Shatabdi Express trains.

Under this, the base fare increases by 10 percent with every 10 percent of berths sold, subject to a prescribed limit. There was no change in the existing fare for first air conditioned and economy class.

Goyal also tweeted the announcement as being a “gift” for the rail passengers.