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Devbrat Patnaik

Has the Indian Railways decided to enforce a three-decade-old rule to penalise passengers for carrying excess baggage? In a latest development, passengers travelling over all Indian Railways are permitted to carry luggage free of charge with them in the compartment up to 70 Kgs. in First AC, 50 Kgs. in First Class/AC-2 tier, 40 Kgs. in AC 3-tier/AC Chair Car/Sleeper Class and 35 Kgs. in Second Class.

Passengers are allowed to book and carry excess luggage beyond free allowance, with them in the compartment up to the maximum prescribed class-wise limit on payment of charges at 1.5 times of luggage rate. The class wise maximum limit is as under:

Class & Maximum Limit:

1st AC: 150 kgs

First class/AC-2 tier: 100 kgs

AC 3 tier/ AC Chair Car: 40 kgs

Sleeper Class: 80 kgs

Second Class: 70 kgs

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When a passenger is detected either enroute or at the destination with unbooked or partially booked luggage weighing more than the free allowance/maximum prescribed class-wise limits, penalty as per rule is levied, sources said.

The decision of the Railways to strictly enforce the rule to fine passengers up to six times the stipulated amount as penalty had earlier led to widespread criticism with people taking to social media to denounce the move. Let's see whether people oppose or welcome the move of the government now.

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