After the successful run of the Mumbai-Delhi premium special train in the last week of December, railway officials are now looking at the Mumbai-Jaipur premium train to come up with similar results. Mumbai-Delhi premium special train made a neat 48 per cent more than the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani during the same period.
The ticket fares of premium special trains fluctuate with their demand.
The inaugural run of the Bandra Terminus-Jaipur train, which departed on Sunday, was booked 100 per cent and it brought in earnings of Rs11,61,082, said officials. That was a healthy 9.2 per cent more than the Rs10,63,183 that the Mumbai-Jaipur superfast made during its run on Tuesday. While the Bandra Terminus-Jaipur premium has two 2 ac coaches, four 3 ac coaches and 12 sleeper coaches, the Mumbai-Jaipur superfast has much the same composition, except a half-coach for First AC and a sleeper coach less.
The Mumbai-Jaipur train is booked fully for its run on Wednesday as well as Friday, said Western Railway (WR) officials. "It's a very healthy sign that at least in Mumbai, people are taking to these premium trains in a big way. The ministry, however, will have to take care of premium trains from other places since that could be a weak point," said the official.
As reported earlier by dna, the ministry has already allowed a maximum of five halts to these premium trains and also asked various zonal railways to come up with routes that will prove profitable for these trains. Sources said that among the routes the railways is looking at is the booming Mumbai-Goa sector. This route sees massive tourism-fuelled crowds despite the presence of almost 27 trains between Mumbai and Goa.
"Any train making an enhanced revenue of around 10 per cent — like in the case of the Mumbai-Jaipur premium special — is good news for the railways; plus it is the future of the railways' fare model. In the coming months, we will see several more trains going the premium-fluctuating fare way," said the official.