Pune: The Indian Railways is now following in the footsteps of the civil aviation ministry.
Carrying excess luggage will soon attract a penalty while travelling by train. The Pune Railway Division will launch a 15-day drive to educate passengers on the penalty for carrying excess luggage in trains. The drive will be held from June 8 to June 22.
Earlier, there was no specific limit on the weight of baggage. Passengers of AC first class can carry 150 kg baggage, of which 70 kg is free of charge.
According to the norms, a sleeper class and a second class passenger can carry luggage weighing 40 kg and 35 kg respectively without paying any extra charge and a maximum of 80 kg and 70 kg respectively by paying for excess luggage at the parcel office. The excess luggage would have to be put in the break van.
Officials said passengers arriving at the Pune station carrying extra luggage as per the norms will have to pay a fine. The Pune division has started an awareness campaign at the stations from June 1 to 7. They also fined passengers carrying extra luggage. During the four days (June 1 to 4), 502 cases were registered and an amount of Rs 39,810 collected as fine.
“The excess luggage rules are already in force. We are now enforcing them strictly. Passengers are allowed to book and carry excess luggage in the brake van up to the maximum limit on the payment of a fee equivalent to one-and-a-half times the luggage rate,” said Sanjay Kumar, acting spokesperson of Pune Railway Division.
“If a passenger is travelling 1,000 km with luggage weighing 80 kg in the sleeper class, he can book his excess baggage of 40 kg. However, if they fail to do so and are caught with the excess luggage, they will end up paying a penalty of six times more than parcel booking amount,” he said.