Platform Ticket Price
Ministry of Railways
- Present increase in platform ticket prices at some stations is a “Temporary” measure to prevent the spread of Corona through crowding
- This is being done at Limited number of station which see heavy rush. ( For example it’s being in only 7 stations in Mumbai division out of total 78 stations.)
- Powers delegated to DRMs since 2015 to raise platform ticket prices to prevent crowding at stations
- This is in practice for many years and is used occasionally as a SHORT TERM crowd control measure. There is NOTHING new about it
- This is often done during festival season & Melas etc and gradually rolled back
- This time its being due to Covid exigencies and decision taken in interest of public only
- At many places, it was introduced in March after lockdown. (some orders being attached)
There have been some reports in the media regarding the price of platform tickets.
Hike in price of platform ticket is a TEMPORARY measure and is a field activity undertaken by railway administration in the interest of safety of passengers and to prevent overcrowding at stations. Deterring more persons to visit station, the platform ticket charges are increased from time to time after assessing ground situation. This is in practice for many years and is used occasionally as a SHORT TERM crowd control measure. There is NOTHING new about it.
Considering the upsurge of COVID in few states, Indian Railway is discouraging people from unnecessary crowding at the platforms .Rush at the platforms during pandemic situation also needs to be regulated. The exercise is in Public interest only.
In March 2020, many divisions in Railways enhanced the platform ticket price at various stations to avoid crowding. Later, this was revoked over a period of time for example Central Zone , ECR to name a few. During festivals like Chathh, Diwali or Melas etc as well in different zones it is often temporarily increased and later on rolled back.
Regulation and controlling of crowd at stations is the responsibility of DRMs. Powers are delegated to DRMs since 2015 to raise platform ticket to regulate rush at platforms during specific requirements like mela, rally etc. The power to change charges of platform ticket has been delegated to DRM s due to field management requirement.
- Platform Ticket Price Increase at Limited number of station which see heavy rush. ( For example it’s being in only 7 stations in Mumbai division out of total 78 stations)
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Commercial Circular No. 17 of 2015
TC II /2910 /10/ 2012 / Platform Ticket
New Delhi, dated: 16.03.2015
The General Manager / CCMs,
All Indian Railways
Sub: Revision of Platform Ticket Rates
Ministry of Railways has decided to upwardly revise the rate of platform ticket to Rs.10 per ticket from Rs. 5 per ticket. The revised rate of platform ticket will be charged on platform, tickets to be issued from 01.04.2015. Zonal Railways may print the revised tickets on top priority and ensure supply to all stations well in time. Till such time the tickets are printed, the existing stock of tickets may be used with the rate corrected with a stamp. Wherever platform tickets are issued through SPTM & UTS or other machines, their software may also be modified to collect, the revised rate.
2. Further, the power is hereby delegated to Divisional Railway Managers to increase the rate of Platform tickets beyond Rs. 10 to regulate rush at platforms during specific requirements like mela, rally etc. under intimation to this office.
3. Action may be taken to make the required changes in enquiry systems, websites etc.
4. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned immediately for implementation at all stations.
This issue with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.
Director Passenger Marketing