Zoom News : Jul 05, 2023, 10:34 PM
Vande Bharat: If you are dreaming of traveling in India's fastest and state-of-the-art train like Vande Bharat, but have not been able to muster the courage due to high fares, then there is good news for you. Railways is reviewing ticket prices to reduce fares in view of the vacant seats in some short distance Vande Bharat trains. In such a situation, it is believed that passengers can get relief from expensive fares on short distances.Fares can be reduced on these routesAccording to sources, seats are not being filled completely in some Vande Bharat trains with relatively short distances. In such a situation, the Railways is planning to review their fare and cut the fare. The fares of Vande Bharat trains like Indore-Bhopal, Bhopal-Jabalpur and Nagpur-Bilaspur are being reviewed. Seats in all these trains are running largely empty.There are fewer passengers on these routes as wellSeats are almost full in Vande Bharat trains but in some trains this is not the case. One such train is also the Nagpur-Bilaspur Vande Bharat train, in which only 55 percent seats remain occupied. The general belief about this train, which travels for about five and a half hours, is that by reducing the fare, it can be made attractive for the passengers. Similarly, in June only 32 percent seats of Bhopal-Jabalpur Vande Bharat Express were filled. The AC chair car fare of this train, which covers a distance of about 4.5 hours, is Rs 1,055, while the ticket price for the executive chair car has been kept at Rs 1,880.A large number of seats remain vacantOnly 29 per cent seats were filled in Bhopal-Indore Vande Bharat train while 21 per cent seats were reserved in Indore-Bhopal train. The AC chair car fare is Rs 950 while the executive chair car fare is Rs 1525 in this train which travels for about three hours. Sources said that in view of the large number of vacant seats in the Bhopal-Indore Vande Bharat train, its fare can be reduced significantly.Trying to increase the number of passengersThe longest journey of the country's most modern and fastest Vande Bharat trains is about 10 hours while the shortest journey is three hours. Fares are being reviewed in some of these trains to overcome the problem of seats remaining vacant. A senior railway official said, “The idea behind this is that all Vande Bharat trains provide a comfortable travel experience to the passengers. We have reviewed the situation and are of the opinion that some Vande Bharat trains, especially short distance ones, would do better if the fares are reduced. We want more and more people to travel in these trains.Highest booking on this routeVande Bharat has no shortage of passengers on all routes. There are some routes where there is a glut of passengers. So far, Vande Bharat trains are operating in 24 states and union territories of the country. Out of these, Kasargod-Trivandrum Express has 183% booking and is the best performing Vande Bharat train. Vande Bharat trains running between Gandhinagar-Mumbai Central, Varanasi-New Delhi, Dehradun-Amritsar and Mumbai-Sholapur also have more than 100 per cent booking.