Indian Railways announced new luggage rules, requiring train passengers to either limit their luggage or pay a fee for carrying extra baggage while travelling.
Passengers will now have to pay an additional fee if they wish to transport goods weighing more than the railway’s norm.
The Ministry of Railways turned to Twitter and tweeted in Hindi something like, “Carry no more luggage than necessary when travelling by train. If so, you should absolutely rent a luggage van. If the luggage is heavier, the fun of the journey will be cut in half!”
HOW MUCH LUGGAGE IS ALLOWED FOR FREE?
Railways have fixed a limit on luggage according to each coach, such that heavy goods ranging from 40 kg to 70 kg can be kept in the train compartment. According to new rules, a passenger travelling in a sleeper class can carry luggage up to 40 kg without having to pay extra. Similarly, a passenger travelling in AC two tier is allowed to carry luggage weighing up to 50 kg, maximum 70 kg in first class AC. This limit can also be increased by up to 80 kg by paying extra.
If, during the journey, any passenger is found carrying more weight than the stipulated standard, then he/she will be charged an additional fee. The same passenger can book a luggage van by paying Rs 109.
WHAT ITEMS TO AVOID WHILE TRAVELLING?
Passengers are not allowed to carry banned items like any kind of flammable chemical, acid, crackers, ghee, leather, oil, grease. If any passenger violates the rules, action can be taken against them under Section 164 of the Railway Act.