Coronavirus: Railways increases platform ticket prices by five times

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As a precaution against novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the railways on Tuesday increases platform ticket prices from ₹10 to ₹50 for 250 stations in the country to reduce the footfalls at the stations.

A senior Railway Ministry official said that the zonal railways have decided to increase the costs of platform tickets.

“Platform ticket prices at 250 stations are increased from ₹10 to ₹50 in several parts of the country,” he said.

The official further said that the Western Railways has increased the platform ticket fare to ₹50 for railway stations of Mumbai, Vadodra, Ahmedabad, Ratlam, Rajkot, and Bhavnagar.

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“The increase in the platform ticket prices is a temporary measure to contain an additional load of individuals in the railway premises”, he said.

He also acknowledged that in March 2015, the railways has delegated the power to Divisional Railway Managers (DRMS) to extend the rate of platform tickets beyond ₹10 to control rush at platforms during specific requirements under intimation of its office.

Three railway staffers on board the Delhi-Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express, who came in touch with a COVID-19 positive passenger, are asked to quarantine themselves, a senior official of East Coast Railway said on Tuesday.

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Odisha’s first COVID-19 positive man came in touch with a minimum of 129 people during his journey by train from New Delhi and after his arrival in Bhubaneswar on March 11.

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