Platform Ticket Price Increased By 400% In These Mumbai Stations: Find Out Why?
Prices of platform tickets at some of the key stations in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) shall be increased by the Central Railway. This decision was taken in the light of the increasing overcrowding problem at these platforms, which is particularly detrimental due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hence these revised prices will come into effect from February 24 and shall be effective till June 15 this year.
Chief Public Relations Officer of Central Railway, Shivaji Sutar said that especially due to the summer travel rush, there can be a problem of overcrowding and hence such a decision is made by the authorities.
In The Light To Regulate Rush
The previously priced 10 rupee platform ticket shall now cost 50 rupee instead. These price revision is done by divisional railway managers (DRMs) due to the powers bestowed to them by the Railway Board in 2015. This power delegated to them was used to raise the rate of platform tickets which in turn was taken to regulate the rush at platforms.
Following Are The Stations With Platform Ticket Price Revisions
- Bhiwandi road railway stations
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
- Dadar and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai
- Kalyan junction railway station
- Panvel railway station
- Thane railway station
Since the past three weeks, Maharashtra has been in a menace due to the spike in Covid-19 cases. New 6,397 cases has been registered on Monday which has taken the Covid19 tally to 21, 61,467 cases. With 30 new fatalities on Monday, the total number of fatalities now stands at 52,184. Four deaths on Monday have been recorded amongst 855 new cases.
Similar decision was taken by the Indian Railways in the month of August last year when the prices of platform tickets were hiked to ?50 at the Pune railway station. Since the early days of the pandemic, platform ticket rates have been controlled by the railways.