Platform tickets price hiked days after rise in train fares; Railway Ministry says ’temporary measure’

Platform tickets price hiked days after rise in train fares; Railway Ministry says ’temporary measure’

The Ministry of Railways had earlier said fare prices were increased only for 3% of the total trains running.

After a temporary rise in short-distance fares, Indian Railways has increased the price of platform tickets at most stations. This is a temporary measure and has been used time and again as a crowd control measure, the Railway Ministry clarified.

The decision was taken to prevent overcrowding at stations for public safety in view of ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it added.

“It is temporary measure and field activity undertaken by railway administration in the interest of safety of passengers and to prevent over crowding at stations,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry said the responsibility for regulation and controlling of the crowd is under the purview of Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs).

“Deterring more persons to visit the railway station, the platform ticket charges are increased from time to time after assessing the ground situation. The power to change charges of platform tickets has been delegated to DRMs due to field management requirement.

This is in practice for many years and is used occasionally as a short-term crowd control measure, the ministry said, adding, “there is nothing new about it”.

This comes close on the heels of a “slight” hike in fares of short-distance passenger trains in order to discourage people from unnecessary travel.

The Ministry of Railways had earlier said fare prices were increased only for 3% of the total trains running.

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"Railways would like to inform that these slightly higher fares for passenger and other short-distance trains had been introduced to discourage people from avoidable travels and those which are not most necessary. These fares are fixed at an unreserved price of mail and express trains for the same distance," it said in a statement earlier.

With a view to regulate rush at stations and in trains, passenger trains are being charged slightly more fare than pre-Covid times and a close watch. The situation is being constantly monitored to ensure restoration of services in keeping with the protocols necessary to be followed during Covid times, it added.

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