New Delhi, May 29: As many as 337 headphones distributed to passengers for the entertainment systems on-board the Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express were stolen in just four round trips, a railway source said. For the fifth trip on Saturday, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) provided low-cost headphones, worth Rs 30. Also Read - 16 Trains Delayed Due to Low Visibility in Northern Railway Region | Full List
Even though the IRCTC spokesperson did not confirm the number of missing headphones, but said that it had bought 1,000 headphones, the Hindustan Times reported. Also Read - 10 Trains Running Late Due to Low Visibility in Northern Railway Region | Full List
After the first trip on last Monday, the train returned with fewer headphones, damaged infotainment screens. Before the start of the maiden journey, passengers were provided with headphones of a leading brand costing around Rs 200. But the new ones will cost Rs 30 only, a source said. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: E-catering Services in Trains Soon, RailRestro to Deliver Your Favourite Food
The incident also raise question whether citizens deserve such facilities. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah slammed people for misusing the public property. “Why can’t we respect public property and look after it as we would our own? I admit I’m generalising but as a nation we lack civic sense. Perhaps make a start by taking a refundable deposit for the headphones and don’t just hand them out freely,” he had tweeted.
“Many passengers do not return the headphones before alighting and take those with them thinking that its cost was included in their ticket fare,” said an attendant on the train.
He said the on-board staff are now afraid that IRCTC might recover the cost of missing headphones from their salary.
The 990-seat train has one executive AC chair car with 56 seating capacity and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seat capacity of each coach. The Executive Class fare in Tejas has been fixed at Rs 2,540 without food and Rs 2,940 with food. The Chair Car fare Rs 1,850 with food and Rs 1,220 without food.