2016 was a year of growth, hope and achievements for Indian Railway, below are 7 key steps that Indian Railway took in 2016 to improve the experience of Train Passengers in India.
1. Travel Cashless Way
To push Online payments Indian Railway incentivised the online transactions by rewarding 10 Lac accidental insurance cover on online booking of tickets. By taking this step ahead ministry gave 5 % off on online transactions on railway catering and accommodation.
2. For Transgenders
A small gesture to stand for equality among all genders, Indian railway added an additional field of Transgenders in gender section of reservation ticket forms and cancellation form.
3. Installation of Bio Toilets in All Trains
As a sustainable and the most efficient step towards making our railway cleaner, Indian railway has planned to install bio toilets in all trains till 2019. This big step will bring a big change in the sanitation system of Trains and the way we travel.
4. New Trains and Talgo Trains
Indian Railway has introduced new members in the train family – Humsafar Express , Gatiman Express , Mahamana Express and Tiger Express . These new trains are from the same genre as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto. The railways has also decided to launch several Talgo trains in less than a year.
5. Executive Lounges at Railway Stations
A new class of luxury, executive lounge has been developed at the New Delhi Railway Station and the same facility will be implemented on more than 49 Stations of the country, passengers of will be able to enjoy WiFi, buffet service, wash and change, and concierge service pre-departure and post-arrival of trains.
6. Giving More Power to Train Drivers
Every year hundreds of trains get delayed or get canceled due to weather issues, Railway is going to install a system called ‘Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers, Infrared Enhanced Optical and Radar Assisted (Tri-Netra)’ in all trains. This technology will also keep a record of track maintenance; currently this technology is used by Fighter Jets and Planes.
7. Fare System for Special Trains
Just like Aviation sector, the railways have introduced a new pricing method in top tier trains Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi from September 9. Under the flexi fare system, passengers will have to pay 10 to 50 per cent more.
a. The first 10 per cent of the seats will be sold at the normal fare.
b. The base fare will go up with every 10 per cent of the berths sold.
c. Once half of the train tickets are sold, the remaining will be sold at a price 1.5 times higher than the base fares for 2 AC and 2S sleeper coaches and 1.4 times higher for third AC coaches.
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