The Indian Railway has released a notification that announces a hike in platform ticket rates at many stations. Though, the Indian Railways Ministry said that the hike in platform ticket rates is a ‘temporary measure’. The Railway Ministry stated that this temporary measure prevents the spread of Covid-19, overcrowding of passengers at railway stations, and safety of the passengers. The Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) is responsible to control and regulate crowds at the railway stations.
Railway Ministry said that the hike in platform ticket rates is a temporary measure and field activity undertaken to prevent overcrowding and safety of the Indian Railway passengers.
Hike in Platform Tickets Price to Prevent Overcrowding: Indian Railways
Preventing passengers to visit the railway stations, the platform ticket price is increased. This preventive measure is delegated to DRMs because of field management requirements. The ministry also added that nothing new is in this measure. It has been in practice for many years and used to control the crowd in different situations.
The Railways Ministry of India has declared a hike in platform ticket. They released a new and latest notification stating that the platform ticket price will be increased from Rs 10 to Rs 30.
Hike in the Railway Reservation Fares
In February 2021, the Railway Ministry had announced a slight hike in the railway’s ticket reservation fares for short-distance passengers to prevent unnecessary travel. On Wednesday, the Indian Railways Minister, Mr Piyush Goyal announced a nominal hike in the fares for short-distance passengers to avoid unnecessary travel. However, this hike is only applicable to a few selected trains that are equal to 3% of the total trains running.