The Mumbai Division of Central Railways (CR) has increased the price of platform tickets, which came into effect from today, May 9, in order to control the crowd and curb misuse of alarm chain pulling (ACP) in the summer season.
The hike in the price of platform tickets will be seen only at selected central railway stations in Mumbai.
According to an official statement released by the railways, it stated that they have proposed the price of platform tickets be hiked as a temporary measure from INR 10 to INR 50 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Thane, Kalyan and Panvel stations for 15 days till May 23.
In order to control crowd and curb misuse of Alarm Chain pulling in summer season, it is proposed the price of platform tickets to be increased as a temporary measure frm Rs.10 to Rs. 50 at CSMT, Dadar, LTT, Thane, Kalyan & Panvel stations for 15 days from 9/5/2022 to 23/5/2022. pic.twitter.com/aKwookd41y
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“Of late, it is seen that passengers are resorting to ACP for frivolous reasons like arriving late, alighting/boarding at intermediate stations etc. Central Railways (CR) is keeping a close tab on such unreasonable ACP incidents. In most of the cases the offender is immediately nabbed due to the alertness of RPF, Ticket Checking Personnel and complaints / co-operation of other railway staff and passengers, but sometimes cases are registered against unknown persons also,” the statement further stated.
CR’s Chief PRO stated that a total of 332 cases of Alarm Chain Pulling have been reported on Mumbai division for the period April 1 to 30. Out of these 53 cases have been registered as justified due to valid reasons, whereas 279 cases have been registered as unreasonable. A total of 188 offenders have been prosecuted under section 141 of the Indian Railway Act for pulling of alarm chain without sufficient or valid reason and an amount of INR 94,000 have been realized as penalty.
Hence the alarm chain when pulled without sufficient reason or emergency not only affects the running of that particular train but also has a cascading effect on the trains that run behind it. In a suburban system like Mumbai Division, this results in late running of Mail / Express and suburban trains affecting its punctuality. Further the misuse of ACP for the convenience of one or few passengers ends up causing inconvenience to all other passengers.