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Railways using AI will charge passengers, looking at how desperate they are for tickets

05, Feb 2018 By dasu

New Delhi: While answering queries in Rajya Sabha, Railway minister Piyush Goyal told, Railways is planning to bring back dynamic pricing of tickets.

“Unlike past dynamic pricing, we have now big data available due to linking of Aadhaar everywhere. We will use latest technology like AI to find how desperate is the person for the ticket. Accordingly, we will price the ticket,” said Mr. Goyal.

Mr. Goyal added, “Suppose a student is going to Bengaluru for CET exam, that’s critical for him. Even if we price the ticket little higher, still the candidate and his guardians will book the ticket.”

When someone pointed out this is something Railways is doing for last so many years by adding Tatkal scheme, then premium tatkal scheme, Mr. Goyal said, “The major difference will be, in tatkal, premium tatkal cases we charged same fare for everyone. Now as I told you, it will differ from person to person.”

Apart from this Mr. Goyal suggested few other ‘value added cess’ he is planning to bring in consultation with Finance ministry to make railways profitable.  

“Like clean toilet cess for people who board train from the place train originates. The toilets won’t be stinking as it would have been cleaned few minutes back, moreover there would be water for passengers to clean themselves, so ‘naturally’ such passengers would be happy to pay extra. Those who want power sockets to be ON throughout night to catch movies on their laptop as many of our techies cannot sleep before 3 AM, they would be happy to pay for such services,” said Mr. Goyal.

What about Railways safety, Mr. Goyal said, it is already safe showing last 2 months newspaper report without any major train accident. “However, I want Railways to use latest technology like AI to predict accidents in advance and act,” said Mr. Goyal while ending the Q&A session to a thunderous applause from ruling bench and those who were sleeping inside Parliament.