The ministry has decided to bring down the quota due to low occupancy rate and allocate rest of the 90 percent seats for general category, a senior ministry official said. (Agencies)
The revised Yuva quota will be effective from next year as it requires some time to change the reservation system, said the official.Introduced amid much fanfare in December 2010 by Banerjee, the then Railway Minister, Yuva trains with AC Chair car facility meant for unemployed youth have failed to draw their target audience.
Following low occupancy of seats reserved for youth, railways had earlier brought down the quota from 60 percent to 20 percent, in March 2012.
The official said "seats reserved for unempolyed youth were remaining vacant so a decision was taken to reduce the quota."
Earlier railways have increased Duronto fares at par with Rajdhani trains. Both Duronto and Yuva trains were Mamata's pet projects.
The two Yuva trains — Nizamuddin-Bandra Terminus and New Delhi-Howrah — despite running on routes with heavy rush throughout the year; have failed to draw reasonable occupancy.
The Nizamuddin-Bandra train stops at Mathura, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara and Surat stations. These were chosen carefully to ensure good ridership but have failed to attract passengers, said the official.
Similarly, the New Delhi-Howrah train stops at stations like Kanpur, Allahabad, Mughalsarai, Dhanbad and Asansol. The total chargeable fare for Yuva passenger was Rs 299 up to a distance of 1500 kms and Rs 399 for distance beyond 1500 up to 2500 kms.
While children were charged half the fare, the special fares announced would be applicable to unemployed persons between the age group of 15 and 45.
The ministry has decided to bring down the quota due to low occupancy rate and allocate rest of the 90 percent seats for general category, a senior ministry official said.