Indian Railways to reduce charges of luxury trains by half after revenue dip

After a sharp decline in revenue from luxury train services, the Indian Railways decided to reduce tariff so that the services could become more affordable. The decision was taken at the Railway Board’s policy review meeting.

Haulage charges for royal trains such as the Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey, Royal Orient and Golden Chariot have been reduced by up to 50 per cent. This came after revenue from the Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan trains dropped by at least 24 per cent and 63 per cent, respectively this year.

The IRCTC, state tourism departments and other bodies that partner with the Indian Railways for running royal train services borne the haulage charges.

Besides tariff cut, the Railways also decided to make luxury salons, a legacy of the British railway tradition, or inspection coaches available for private individuals as well. These saloons were usually used by India’s President, Prime Minister and high-ranking railway officials.

The Railways currently owns and operates 336 salon cars. Private persons will now be able to book these two-bedroom carriages with an onboard attached, private lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

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