How about differential pricing for select trains?There is a prestigious express train called Kovai express that runs between Chennai and Coimbatore City as a day express. It is always jam packed. The AC chair car is also very famous and it is impossible to get reservation so easily. Tagging this train is another equally prestigious Stadabdhi express that starts late and arrives at Coimbatore city a little later.
However, this train is never full because of the very high fares. Why not introduce differential pricing for this and similar trains? In other words, Once the chart is prepared, through a special counter at the originating station, tickets should be sold at discounts ranging from ten to twelve percent. There should never be advance booking
A few seats may also be allotted to other stations ensure. No food should be served as this might require prior arrangements.
In this fashion, the train may attract more passengers and the railways need not incur losses as the seats may be full. Market related solutions are always preferable. Alongside this, the Railways should also earn revenue by attracting more advertisements in empty spaces of such trains.
Rigid policies may not yield results. MBA marketing wizkids should be recruited to come up with solutions like this.
What do members think of this suggestion?