Indian Railway News: Trains were stopped for a long time due to the Corona epidemic. After some time when it was resumed, only passengers with confirmed tickets were allowed to go on the platform. The family members of the passengers were not allowed to go to the station. Now the sale of platform tickets has started. However, its price is three to five times higher than before. However, the Ministry of Railways has also clarified that the price of platform tickets is going to be expensive, that the price of platform tickets is to prevent the spread of Corona and this increase is being done at the stations where there is a huge crowd.
The railway ministry said that there are a total of 78 stations in Mumbai division, out of which platform ticket prices have been increased at only 7 stations. Earlier the platform ticket was 10 rupees which has now become 30 rupees at some stations. For this, relatives of passengers will have to pay 50 rupees per ticket at major stations of Mumbai. According to the railway ministry, the price of platform tickets has been increased for some time even before and its power is with the DRM.
DRM decide platform ticket price from 2015
The Railway Ministry said that the Regional Railway Manager-DRM has been empowered to prevent congestion at railway stations. According to the statement issued by the Ministry of Railways, the powers to increase platform ticket prices have been given to the DRM. The ministry said that the platform ticket, which was made expensive this time, is not new and has been in circulation for the last several years. Platform ticket prices are raised for some time to control congestion. These decisions are usually taken at the time of festival or fair and then are gradually withdrawn.
Fare has become expensive for short-distance travel
In order to prevent coronavirus infection, in March 2020 last year, the services of the railway were completely stopped, that is, all trains were stopped. Although trains started coming on track after some time, the railway is currently operating 65 per cent of mail and express trains and 90 per cent of suburban services as compared to the pre-COVID round. The fares have been increased for short-distance passenger trains operating by Railways. On this, the railway had clarified that in order to reduce unnecessary trips, the fare has been increased marginally.