New Delhi, June 6: The Ranchi division of Indian Railways have reported that their new coaches of premium trains are missing. According to India Today reports, new coaches attached to trains running between New Delhi and Ranchi have gone missing. The railway authorities are worried about the rising incidents of missing coaches.
The missing coaches belong to premium trains such as Rajdhani Express and Sampark Kranti Express. The Ranchi division has no clue where the coaches have gone. But the authorities believe that organized gangs are behind these thefts of the bogies from the railway yard. (ALSO READ: Indian Railways’ Officials Appraisals Will be Deferred Over Delay in Train Operations, Warns Piyush Goyal)
Often railways have reported that passengers travelling steal light, fans, bed sheets or towels and even wash basin. But this was for first-time train coaches have gone missing.
Recently, Railways also 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 said.
The rule has been tweaked only for the passenger who carry excess luggage in the train compartments and not in the luggage van. 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.