Seemingly Foolish Decision From Railways
On Mar 24, 2015
|Trivandrum: The railway's decision to increase the platform ticket fare to Rs.10 from Rs.5 has created censure for many who visit stations to receive their relatives or friends. As per railway authorities, the revised platform ticket fare will be in existence from April 1.
What makes this Railways’ decision look quite foolish is that the minimum passenger ticket fare to nearby stations would cost only Rs.5 while the revised platform ticket fare will be Rs.10. From Trivandrum Central, tickets to Kazhakuttam or Neyyattinkara can be bought for Rs 5. One can stay in the platform with a Rs.5 passenger ticket for 24 hours whereas the validity of a Rs.10 platform ticket is only two hours.
As per the explanation from railways, the Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) has been empowered to increase the fare to avoid the heavy rush from non-passengers causing inconvenience to other passengers at the platforms.
Before the price hike also, there were many complaints regarding the time limit of the platform ticket. What if the train is late by a few hours? Should the ticket holders buy another ticket?
There are no easy answers for these questions. But the common man has his strategy in place should the Railways go ahead with their plans.