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‘Surge’ Pricing for Railway Tickets as Tax by Stealth

The Indian Railways’ implementation of the “surge” pricing of tickets for its fast trains is unfortunately an ill-conceived policy and a “tax by stealth” measure. It flouts basic microeconomic rationale and real-world relevance as the railways is a monopoly with no flexible and immediate capacity for a rise in supply of traveller coaches and/or fast trains.
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