While the common man is worried about the inflation following the hike in fuel and vegetable prices, the Indian Railways has decided to hike the price of platform tickets.
In the latest notification issued by the Indian Railway, the national transporter announced that the price of platform tickets has been increased from Rs 10 to Rs 30.
It is pertinent to mention that the platform ticket is necessary for a person to access the platforms for two hours. A person with a railway ticket for a train on the same day is not required to have a platform ticket.
Also, Indian Railways has revised the fare of local trains after which the minimum fare for travelling in a local train is now Rs 30 while it used to be Rs 10. This hike in ticket fares of short-distance passenger trains comes following a rise in the number of passengers in February. The hike was aimed at discouraging unnecessary travel in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The hike in the platform ticket has been termed as a temporary measure. The measure is to prevent overcrowding at the railway stations.
The Ministry stated that it was a temporary measure in the interest of the safety of passengers and to prevent overcrowding at stations.
Currently, the national transporter is running special trains with strict Covid-19 protocols. The operations were suspended in March last year due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
However, the resumption of train services was allowed from June 1 in a graded manner.
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