Roll back “surge pricing” for Indian Railway tickets!
The Railway Board has decided that making a profit is more important than ensuring that train fares are affordable to all. They are experimenting with a new plan for “flexi pricing” – something similar to surge pricing initiated by private cab aggregators like Uber and also by airline companies. Starting from 9th Sept, tickets for 2AC, 3AC and Chair Car seats in the Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains will be 10% to 50% more expensive depending on demand!
Join us is demanding that the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu withdraw this plan immediately as it makes these routes out of reach for many Indians!
Only 10% of seat will be sold at the base fare. And the price will keep going up for every 10% of tickets sold! The thing that is really interesting is that the ticket prices of the highest classes of travel i.e. AC1 and Executive Chair will not come under this scheme. The Board feels these tickets are already expensive. But what it really highlights is that they don’t want to make the rich pay more but are ok with making the less well off pay up to 50% more!
The Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km of track over a route of 67,312 km and 7,112 stations. It is the backbone of public transport in our country. Leaders from political parties like the CPIM have publicly demanded that the Government roll back this purely for profit experiment.2 Surge pricing may increase profits in the short term but it will result in the Railways losing customers in the long run.
The Railway Minister is known to be a people’s person and is very responsive to public sentiment, especially on social media. If thousands of us let him that we do not want this flexi pricing plan to be implemented, he will listen to us. The Railway Board will review this plan in 3-4 months and that’s why we need to start making our voices heard right now! If we build enough pressure in the next few days, we can ensure this plan does not get formalised and is not extended to other trains either.
Sign the petition to tell Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to withdraw the flexi pricing plan immediately!