New Delhi, June 8: After much criticism over the six-time penalty for excess luggage, the Indian Railways on Thursday shelved its plan to strictly enforce the baggage allowance rules. Dropping its plan to impose a penalty of six times on the passengers caught carrying excess luggage, the railways said that it was only to generate awareness among the people.

“It was felt that in the heavy summer rush, passengers carrying excess luggage cause much inconvenience to fellow passengers. Hence, a special education-cum-awareness drive was launched,” railway ministry spokesperson Rajesh Bajpayee said adding that excess luggage can cause inconvenience to other passengers.

The Indian Railways on June 6 decided to enforce the baggage allowance rules by imposing a six-time penalty on passengers for carrying excess luggage. The decision, as per the reports, was taken after numerous complaints regarding excess baggage being towed into train compartments, an official was quoted as saying.

“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.

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.