Platform Tickets by Indian Railway
Indian Railway is issuing platform tickets for entering the Railway station platforms, but on some occasions, the railway is changing the rates and rules related to the issue of platform tickets. Here we are including the details of Platform Tickets by Indian Railway.
Railway Platform tickets: Persons other than bona fide passengers seeking entry to station platforms for the purpose of receiving or seeing off friends and relatives, should be issued platform tickets, were stocked, on recovery of the prescribed charges.
Platform Tickets Rules
- A platform ticket in India costs Rs₹ 50 (increased in 2020)
- One platform ticket for one person only.
- The validity of a platform ticket for 2 hours only.
- A person having a railway ticket for a train on the same day is not required to have a platform ticket.
- The platform ticket can be bought at any ticket reservation booth in the railway station.
- If caught without a platform ticket if the person is not a traveler, he/she may be fined anywhere from ₹ 250 to 270.
Railway platform tickets to come with QR Code
Bengaluru City KSR Railway Stations introduced a new way to issue the platform tickets, further details are here. Now passengers can purchase platform tickets at the KSR railway station without stepping into the booking office anymore. For, the Indian Railway station development corporation has now put up two new kiosks, one each at the Platform One and Platform Eight entries, exclusively for platform tickets.
It plans to facilitate booking using QR code at kiosks as part of its modernization efforts, which also has the added advantage of avoiding personal interface in Covid 19 time.
A platform ticket has been priced at Rs.50/- at Cantonment, City, and Yesvantpur stations in order to dissuade crowds at stations and reduce the spread of Covid 19.
A big move in the offing is that platform tickets can be booked through these kiosks which will have a QR code displayed on them. “One just needs to bring along a mobile, scan the code and collect the ticket from the slit below. There will be no human interface. IRSDC will be launching the facility in a fortnight.
COVID-19 : Railway to limit entry/exit points at stations in Mumbai
The Railways will limit the number of entry and exit points at stations in Mumbai to prevent unauthorized people from traveling in local trains, as the Maharashtra government’s new COVID-19 curbs come into force from Thursday (22.04.2021) night, an official said., a famous online newspaper reported.
As per the guidelines under the state government’s “Break the Chain” order, only government servants, medical personnel, people requiring medical treatment, and specially-abled persons will be permitted to travel in local trains starting 8 pm on Thursday till 7 am on May 1.
According to officials, even train tickets and passes will be issued only to those whom the state government has authorized to travel on local trains. “We have already instructed the staff at railway stations about the new guidelines of the state government,” Central Railway’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said. Train tickets will only be issued at ticket counters and all other modes of bookings like ATVMs, JTBS (Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Seva) and UTS will remain disabled till future orders, the official said.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) with the help of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Mumbai police have already started to limit the number of entry and exit points, Western Railway’s chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said. Personnel from the RPF, GRP, and ticket-checking staff will check the identity cards at entry points before allowing people to enter the stations, railway officials said. “We are going to follow the new guidelines. The state government has permitted three categories of people to travel on local trains. Only people with valid identity cards will be allowed to travel in local trains,” Thakur said. Travelers boarding or alighting from outstation trains will also not be permitted to travel in local trains, as the state government’s order has not mentioned it, officials said.