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Today (16:43)  Goyal junks report suggesting airline-like dynamic pricing in railway (
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NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has asked a committee, set up to review the flexi-fare scheme, to go back to the drawing board and draft a fresh report after it suggested introducing dynamic pricing, like airlines, in the railways, officials said.
The Committee, formed in December last year, had a mandate of assessing the impact of flexi-fare scheme in its current form on railway revenue and on passengers- in terms of their choice of the railways as a means of transport with increased fare.
The committee, which submitted its report on January
15, had suggested dynamic pricing, like the one applicable in the airlines, for all mail express trains.
It suggested ticket prices may vary on various factors e.g. higher prices for a train which takes lesser time to travel compared to others, additional charges for lower berth and travel during festival times.
It also recommended passengers be made to pay more for choosing premium trains and also for booking close to departure dates.
In a nearly 20-minute meeting on flexi-fare on March 13, the minister is believed to have expressed his unhappiness over the proposals and asked the committee to take a relook since data showed that in its current from the flexi-fare scheme has already resulted in higher revenue and increase in number of passengers.
The committee consists of some Railway Board officials, NITI Aayog adviser Ravinder Goyal, Executive Director (Revenue Management) of Air India Meenakshi Malik, professor S Sriram, and Iti Mani, Director, Revenue, Le Meridien, Delhi.
Senior officials of the ministry also said flexi-fare scheme has been beneficial for the national transporter. They maintained there has been an increase in number of passengers as well as earnings in flexi-fare trains (Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi) in the six months period from September to February.
n 2015-2016, when flexi-fare was not applicable, the data show 138.71 lakh tickets were booked and railways earned Rs 1931.6 crore.
With flexi-fare system introduced from September 2016, in 2016-2017, 137.39 lakh tickets were booked and railways' earnings rose to Rs 2,192.24 crore. The next year, while 140.88 lakh (till February 2018) tickets were booked, the railways' earning from it further rose to Rs 2296.75 crore.
The flexi-fare system led to up to 50 per cent increase in fares. Under the formula, base fares increase from 10 per cent to 50 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths booked.
Today (14:39)  Adult passengers demanding milk via tweets has railways in a fix (
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Stations:  Ratlam Junction/RTM  
Demand of milk by passengers, mostly adults cashing in on railways’ announcement for starving kids in trains, is now taxing the staff of Ratlam division. Passengers with a ‘habit’ of asking for milk through tweets, have been caught and duly reprimanded.
Of late, three such cases have come to notice of the railways in Ratlam division in which adult passengers demanded milk prompting the staff to scurry and meet the demand.
In one such case, a passenger identified as Manoj Jain was caught after he demanded milk third time during the journey. “The
passenger was travelling in Udaipur Bandra express train when he demanded milk. Our staff noticed that it was for the third time when he was demanding milk through Twitter,” said a railway official.
He said that the passenger was found to have been travelling alone. “Our staff explained him that he should refrain from raising such request as this facility is meant to help starving kids during the train journey,” he said.
In second case, Nilesh Rajput travelling from Chittaurgarh to Bhusawal in B-2 coach of Jaipur-Hyderabad Weekly Express train demanded cow milk by tweeting. When the railway staff delivered milk to Rajput at Ratlam station, he refused to take it saying that it was not cow milk. The staff had to report this incident to control room and come back.
Another case was reported when a passenger demanded milk through twitter and got down before the station. Ashish Ramesh, who was travelling in B-2 coach of Patna-Indore Special train, had demanded milk at his coach. He did not mention his PNR number in the tweet, and got down even before the train reached Ratlam station.
A railway spokesman said that this practice by adult passengers has become difficult for them to deal with. “The twitter platform has been provided by the railways for immediate response and necessary assistance to the starving kids. However, some people use it for fun or doing it deliberately,” he said.

lol.. What an idea of having Cow milk by tweeting on twitter free of Cost...

This. This is the reason why facilities arenot provided by Rlys. Once provided it is missused. Now if railway stops these helping gestures then the geniune passengers will suffer. So due to 4-5 people whole lot of passengers may suffer.

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Hey Prabhu!! What an abuse of a novel and benevolent initiative by IR! Such adults are real enemy of little kids!
A small section of such hopeless citizens are responsible for facilities deserved by majority of other citizens. That is why there should be a credibility score of every citizen (possible thru adhaar linking) and ones with poor scores should be denied such special treatment.

Same was the case in Tejas & Shatabdhi LCd screens damages by some ppl who travelling on that sections and result is All passengers are blamed for not fit to get such amentites and qualities yet..
Today (14:38)  Fearing For Their Safety, Night Staff At All-Woman Banasvadi Railway Station Lock Themselves In Cabin (
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A week ago, the Bengaluru division of South Western Railway (SWR) went ahead and turned the Banaswadi Railway Station in the city into an all-woman station, but barely ten days later, the women staff aren’t too keen on working here.
According to a report in The New Indian Express, highlights the acute lack of Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Police Force (RPF) outposts at the station and also the situation at night, when the station becomes a regular den for drunkards and other anti-social elements.
An official said that a woman station
master on duty locks herself inside her cabin at night to safeguard herself. While she does need to step out as and when a train arrives, she goes back in to her cabin soon after departure.
Police agencies on the other hand claim that there are two women home guards and one woman constable posted at the station during the day while a male home guard and male constable are posted at night. However, there are claims that nobody has seen them on duty at night.
On an average, 21 trains stop at Banaswadi in a day, but none stop between midnight and 4.30 am.
Today (14:27)  Bids invited for third Metro line in Pune (
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The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has invited financial bids from companies interested in building the third Metro line for Pune. The central government last week approved the Hinjewadi-Shivaji Nagar Metro project. Three companies have qualified to participate in the Metro tender and they have to now come up with their final offers by April 27, 2018. Tata Realty-Siemens, ILFS and IRB are the companies that will be competing for the project. The `8,000-crore, 23.3-km corridor with 23 stations is to be executed through a PPP mode. One of these three shortlisted companies will be building, operating and maintaining the Metro for 35 years, Kiran Gitte, CEO and metropolitan commissioner, PMRDA, said.
Private companies will bear 60% of the project cost
while the remaining contribution will come from the central government, state government and the PMRDA. The Centre has approved Rs 1,300-crore viability gap funding for the project. The Maharashtra government is going to put in Rs 812 crore.
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