The Indian Railways have announced a fare hike for platform tickets across its network. The fresh notification by the railways stated that the platform ticket price has been increased from Rs 10 to Rs 30.
The present increase in platform ticket prices at some stations is a ‘temporary’ measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through crowding.
“Regulation and controlling of the crowd at stations is the responsibility of DRMs. It is a Temporary measure and field activity undertaken by a railway administration in the interest of the safety of passengers and to prevent overcrowding at stations,” the Union Railway Ministry said in the statement.
“Deterring more persons to visit the station, the platform ticket charges are increased from time to time after assessing ground situation. The power to change charges of platform tickets has been delegated to DRMs due to field management requirement,” the statement said.
This comes after the rise in the ticket fares of short-distance passenger trains in February. The railways had then said that the ‘slightly high fares’ are only to discourage unnecessary travel.
News Source: DNA India