Jul 28, 2016

Suvidha Trains

With effect from 01.07.2015, Suvidha trains on variable fares are introduced for meeting demand peaks as may arise from time to time during summer, winter, festivals and on other occasions. The following types of Suvidha trains are introduced. 

(i). Fully air-conditioned services with or without stoppages. 

(ii). Mixed services having no enroute commercial stoppages on mixed Duronto pattern. 

(iii). Mixed services having some stoppages enroute and running as Mail/Express. 

Apart from above, on the basis of demand, Zonal Railway can also run fully air conditioned Shatabdi/Double decker type Suvidha trains. Minimum fare of Suvidha trains is equal to Tatkal fare applicable for the class of accommodation for initial 20% of the berths and thereafter the fare increases for subsequent slabs of 20% of seats/berths booked subject to maximum three times of the Tatkal fare. Tickets are booked through PRS counters and online through IRCTC web portal. 

Confirmed, RAC (Reservation against cancellation) and waitlisted tickets are issued for this train. No concession, child fare, free passes etc. are permissible in this train. However booking is allowed in this train on Identity Cards issued to MPs and on the coupons issued to MLAs. 

Special trains on special charges are introduced based on demand pattern over and above the time-tabled trains. In addition to Mail/Express fare for Time Tabled Trains, special charges are levied at the rate of 10% of basic fare for second class for reserved accommodation and 30% of basic fare for all other classes. The second class accommodation of such trains can be declared as reserved or unreserved and charging shall be made accordingly. In case of unreserved second class accommodation the fares as applicable to normal superfast Mail/Express trains will be applicable. 

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha