Railways Hike Platform Ticket Prices To Discourage Crowding
Travelers stand and use their mobile devices on a platform at Mumbai Central railway station in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Railways Hike Platform Ticket Prices To Discourage Crowding

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The Western Railway and Central Railway on Tuesday hiked platform ticket rates from the present Rs 10 to up to Rs 50 to discourage unnecessary crowding at stations in view of the coronavirus scare.

The maximum rate of Rs 50 would be applicable at big stations, officials said.

"#COVID19 preventive measures. Central Railway on its Mumbai, Pune, Bhusaval, and Solapur divisions increased the platform ticket from Rs 10 to Rs 50 till further advice," tweeted Central Railway.

WR authorities also informed that they have hiked platform ticket rates up to Rs 50 and the highest rate will be applicable at big stations such as Mumbai Central.

The decision was taken as per the Railway Board's directive.

The Central Railway, meanwhile, canceled 23 outstation trains between March 18 to April 1 in view of the virus threat as well as non-occupancy, it said.

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The list includes trains originating from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and other stations such as Deccan Express, Nandigram Express and Pragati Express.

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