You will now have to be mindful of carrying excess luggage during your train travel.
After numerous complaints on excess baggage being towed into train compartments, the Indian Railways has decided to strictly enforce its over-three-decades-old baggage allowance rules, reported PTI. As per the rule, passengers will pay up to six times the stipulated amount as a penalty, if caught traveling with overweight luggage.
The move is to help passenger convenience by reducing the problem of cramped compartments.
As per the norms, a sleeper class and a second class passenger can carry a maximum of 40 kg and 35 kg luggage respectively without paying any extra money and a maximum of 80 kg and 70 kg respectively after paying for the excess luggage at the parcel office. Additionally, the excess luggage has to be put in the luggage van.
The fee charged on permissible extra luggage is equivalent to one-and-a-half times the luggage rate.
The rules were always in place but it will now be strictly regulated. Unlike airlines, where each passenger's baggage is weighed, the railway department will conduct random checks.
If found with un-booked extra luggage weighing more than the free allowance, the excess weight will be charged six times the luggage rate, reported PTI, citing Ved Prakash, Director-Information and Publicity, Railway Board's statement.
Suppose a passenger is traveling 500 km with luggage weighing 80 kg in the sleeper class, the excess baggage of 40 kg can be carried in the luggage van for Rs 109. However, if caught with the excess luggage in the compartment, the passenger will have to pay a penalty of Rs 654.
The limits on luggage as per Indian Railway's website is as follows:
|Class||Free allowance||Marginal allowance||Maximum quantity permitted ( including free allowance)|
|AC First Class||70 Kgs||15 Kgs||150 Kgs|
|AC 2-Tier sleeper/First class||50 Kgs||10 Kgs||100 Kgs|
|AC 3-tier sleeper/AC chair car||40 Kgs||10 Kgs||40 Kgs|
|Sleeper class||40 Kgs||10 Kgs||80 Kgs|
|Second class||35 Kgs||10 Kgs||70 Kgs|
The website also says, "Trunks, suitcase and boxes having outside measurement of 100 cms x 60 cms x 25 cms (length x breadth x height) will be allowed to be carried in the passenger compartments as personal luggage. If the trunks, suitcase, and boxes, which in outside measurement exceed any one of the dimension, such articles are required to be booked and carried in the brake van and not in the passengers' compartment. Maximum size of the trunks/suitcase than can be carried in the AC-3 tire and AC chair Car compartment is 55 cmsx45 cms x 22.5 cms.
Oxygen cylinder with its supporting stand with patients under medical certificate can be permitted to be carried in all classes. Free allowance of luggage will be granted on oxygen cylinder and its supporting stand."
A special drive from June 1 to June 6 is launched across all railway zones to enforce the rules.