After Western Railway canceled 36 trains on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, there has been a significant increase in flight tickets on this route. While the usual fare hovers around Rs 3,000, current prices have skyrocketed to nearly Rs 12,000.
The surge in airfares is a direct consequence of the 56-hour megablock scheduled just before Rakshabandhan on the Surat-Udhna route.
This block, aimed at adding a third railway track, will be in effect from August 26, 9.30 am, to August 28, 5.30 pm. The disruption impacted around 75,000 passengers who were planning to travel during this time for the festival of Rakshabandhan.
Western Railways, assured that, “Every affected passenger will receive a refund. Online bookings will be refunded directly to bank accounts. Those who purchased tickets at the window can present their tickets there for a refund.” Passengers have also been urged to verify train availability on the official websites.