Passengers travelling by popular trains, including the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto, may have to pay less during the off-season, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal (pictured above) said on Wednesday in an interview with the Hindustan Times.

The Centre had introduced the flexi-fare system for these trains in 2016, but it only caused fares to rise. But on Wednesday, Goyal said the flexi-fare system was under review. “Instead of just one-way flexi-fare [where prices just increase] we can have dynamic fares,” he said. “During off-season and when trains are not full, we may even be able to give concessional fares.”

Goyal added that the Indian Railways was also trying to modify timings of major trains. For example, he said, a newly launched Rajdhani Express between Delhi and Mumbai leaves Delhi at 4 pm and reaches Mumbai at 6 am the next day. “Now we are looking to make it [the departure time] 5 pm so that passengers have an extra hour of work. The train will reach Mumbai at 7 am, with still enough time to be at work in the morning itself.”