New Delhi: A recent study has revealed that over 10 lakh people fail to travel daily due to unavailability of train tickets. The demand-supply mismatch on long distance trains has been a well-known assumption for long, i.e. there are more people wanting to travel in a particular train than the available number of seats.
But the scale of this mismatch has never been quantified. Since January 2016, RailYatri.in has been comprehensively tracking train ticket booking patterns across the country to analyse this mismatch.
Based on the data gathered from train travellers across the nation, the study revealed that there are nearly 10-12 Lakh potential travellers who could not travel due to non-confirmed tickets on a daily basis.
These are people whose wait list tickets did not get confirmed. Percentage wise this would translate to nearly 13% of long distance train travellers daily. In peak travel season, this number increases to about 19%.
Data scientists at RailYatri.in used mathematical models to analyse the travel plans reported by over 30 Lakh travellers from over 3100 railway stations looking for seats in nearly 2800 trains. Using prediction models, RailYatri.in estimated its overall impact across the nation on a daily basis.
“While we were always aware of the demand-supply mismatch in train travel, the scale of surplus demand, as brought out by this study, has been an eye opener for us,” says Manish Rathi, CEO & Co-founder RailYatri.in.
“The ability for citizens to travel in an unconstrained manner is an essential spoke in the wheel of any nation’s economy. Despite increase in several transport options, trains continue to be the most preferred mode for long distance travel. It is tempting to think that adding of more trains would be the ideal solution. However, this would require hundreds of more trains running every day.''
''Considering the already overloaded network, chances of substantial number of more trains being added in the near future is difficult,” adds Rathi.
As part of this study, RailYatri.in has come up with a list of major stations and the percentage of travellers who booked a ticket and yet could not travel.
As a suggestion to travellers, Rathi says “Train travellers now need to consider a multi-modal travel approach as and where feasible. One of our endeavour at RailYatri is to enable travellers do the same by connecting them to long distance buses, taxis, etc.”