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New ‘economy’ ac3 coach earns rs 231 cr in first year, no impact on ac3’s earnings – new economy ac3 coach earns rs 231 cr in first year, no impact on ac3’s earnings

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New ‘economy’ ac3 coach earns rs 231 cr in first year, no impact on ac3’s earnings – new economy ac3 coach earns rs 231 cr in first year, no impact on ac3’s earnings

New Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) The Railways has earned Rs 231 crore in the first year from the new ‘economy’ AC-3 coach. Also, the data shows that since the introduction of these coaches, there is no impact on the earnings from the general AC-3 category.

‘Economy’ AC-3 coach is an affordable air-conditioned rail travel service. It was started to provide ‘Best and Cheapest AC Travel’ service to the sleeper class passengers. The fare of these coaches is 6-7 percent less than the normal AC-3 service.

The data shows that over 21 lakh people traveled in AC-3 tier economy class, earning Railways Rs 231 crore between August, 2021 and August, 2022.

Officials said the introduction of these coaches was difficult for the Railways, as it had to ensure that the fares were not too high. It was also to be kept in mind that the fare should not be too low, because in such a situation, the highly profitable AC-3 tier would start losing.

During April-August, 2022, the new economy coach traveled 15 lakh people and earned Rs 177 crore.

Railway officials said the experiment appears to have been successful. There has been no decrease in the number of passengers in the general AC-3 class during this period.

During the same period, the general AC-3 category earned the Railways a revenue of Rs 8,240 crore.

The new AC-3 economy class coaches have 83 seats, while the normal AC-3 coaches have 72 seats. The normal AC-3 coaches have two side berths, which have been increased to three in the new coach. Officials said that the Railways has so far inducted 370 such coaches in the travel services.

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