Days after increasing short distance fare in an attempt to discourage unnecessary travel, the Indian Railways has now increased the fare of platform tickets to Rs 50 at select railways stations. The new fare rates will be applicable at some key stations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The step has been taken to curb overcrowding at the stations amidst the pandemic.
Central Railways’ Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Shivaji Sutar said that platform ticket price will now go up from Rs 10 to Rs 50 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Dadar and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) stations in Mumbai, as well as neighbouring Thane, Panvel, Kalyan and Bhiwandi Road stations.
Mumbai, for the unaware, in recent days has once again begun experiencing a spurt in coronavirus cases. The state has been reporting close to 8,000+ cases in recent days. Among the 8,000, Mumbai has been reporting over 1000+ cases per day. The CM of Maharashtra has even warned people to adopt caution or else the goverenemnt will have to implement the lockdown once again to curb the spread.
As per updates from the Railways, the new rate for platform tickets came into force on 24 February 2021. The fare rate will remain effective till June 15 this year.
The local train service for the general public was opened last month. After the Mumbai local train service resumed for all the public with restricted timings, the state goverenemnt reported that as many as 36 lakh commuters have already used what they call the city’s lifeline.