New Delhi, June 5: The Indian Railways on Tuesday decided to strictly enforce the baggage allowance rules which may make the passengers pay a six-time penalty for carrying excess luggage. The decision has been taken after numerous complaints regarding excess baggage being towed into train compartments, an official was quoted as saying. Also Read - 10 Trains Running Late Due to Low Visibility in Northern Railway Region | Full List
If the passengers are caught travelling with excessive luggage than what has been prescribed, they may have to pay a penalty which may burn a hole in their pockets. The rule has been tweaked only for the passenger who carry excess luggage in the train compartments and not in the luggage van. Also Read - IRFC IPO: Price Band to Subscription Details, All You Need to Know
For example, if a passenger is travelling for 500 kilometres with luggage weighing 80 kilograms in the sleeper class, he can book his excess baggage of 40 kilograms for Rs 109. However, if he’s caught travelling in the compartment with the excess luggage, he will have to pay Rs 654 i.e., six times more the penalty. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: E-catering Services in Trains Soon, RailRestro to Deliver Your Favourite Food
As per the prescribed norms, a sleeper class and a second class passenger can carry luggage weighing 40 kilograms and 35 kilograms, respectively, and a maximum of 80 kilograms and 70 kilograms respectively by paying for the excess luggage at the parcel office. The excess luggage is stowed away in the luggage van.
An AC two-tier passenger can carry 50 kilograms of luggage for free and a maximum of 100 kilograms by paying a fee for the excess of 50 kg. Similarly, an AC first class passenger can carry the luggage of 70 kilograms for free and maximum of 150 kg by booking the excess in the van and by paying a fee.
“The rules were already in place, we are just enforcing them strictly now. Passengers are allowed to book and carry excess luggage in the luggage van, up to the maximum limit, on the payment of a fee equivalent to one-and-a-half times the luggage rate,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Ved Prakash, Director, Information and Publicity, Railway Board, said, “If a passenger is found travelling with un-booked luggage weighing more than the free allowance, the excess weight will be charged six times the luggage rate. The move is to ensure passenger convenience and address the issue of cramped compartments.”