14 months on, AC-3 economy class journey to end | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has decided to disband the AC-3 Economy (3E) class in trains barely 14 months after introducing this new catergory. Now the 3E class will be merged with AC-3, which is officially termed 3A and the fare will be the same. The railways, while introducing the 3E as a class in September 2021, had announced that fare in these newly introduced coaches will be 6-8% less than normal AC-3 coaches.
Till now, passengers could book AC-3 Economy tickets under a separate category of “3E” in specific trains where railways offered such seats. TOI found that in several such trains, tickets under 3E category is “not available” for the next several months. Officials said the process of merging 3E with AC-3 across all trains will be completed within the next four months. The AC-3 Economy coaches have less leg space compared to normal AC-3 coaches.
Officials said currently there are 463 AC-3 Economy coaches compared to 11,277 normal AC-3 coaches and hence the impact will be negligible. They added that the AC-3 Economy coaches have better facilities for passengers than normal AC-3 coaches and the provision of providing linen has been introduced in such coaches which was not available till now. They said the additional cost for providing linen is around Rs 60-70 per passenger.
While normal AC-3 coaches have 72 berths, each AC-3 Economy coach has 83 berths. The railways had claimed that the new coaches with more seats offer the “most affordable in its class air-conditioned” train travel in the world.





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