NEW DELHI : In a big relief to passengers, railways has removed the flexi-fare scheme from its premium Humsafar trains and has also decided to introduce sleeper class coaches, a senior official said Friday.

The relief will be applicable to 35 pairs of Humsafar trains, which currently have only AC 3-tier classes, the official said.

The tatkal ticket fares of the Humsafar trains have also been decreased. They will now cost 1.3 times of the base fare, instead of 1.5 times, the official said to an PTI report.

The flexi-fare scheme was introduced by the Indian Railways in 2016 for the 142 “premium trains" such as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto and Humsafar Express. Under this dynamic pricing system, the base fare increases by 10% with every 10% of berths sold, with a limit set at 1.5 times the original price.

The scheme was applicable to all classes, except AC first class and executive class. The pricing system is still in force.

According to a report published in Mint in November 2018, after the introduction of flexi-fares, the railways lost 700,000 passengers in just 11 months while the additional revenue earned as a result of the scheme was 552 crore. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in August said the flexi-fare decision was bad and that Parliament should ask the railways to review it.

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