If caught travelling with overweight luggage, a passenger can be fined up to six times the stipulated amount
The Hush Post: Come June 8 and you might land in a soup for carrying baggage beyond the permissible limit while travelling via Indian Railways. Yes, the Railways has now set a baggage limit for passengers like it is in air travel. This comes in the wake of numerous complaints received by the Railways regarding excess baggage being thrust into train compartments.
The regulation though isn’t a new one, but the Railways has this time decided to strictly enforce its three decades old baggage allowance rules. If caught travelling with overweight luggage, a passenger can be fined up to six times the stipulated amount. The Railways has launched a special drive from June 8 to June 22 and will be carrying out random checks.
Accordingly, a person travelling in First Class AC coach will be allowed to carry a luggage weighing 70 Kgs with him with a maximum relief of 15 Kgs. For a Second Class AC passenger, the limit has been fixed at 50 Kgs with a maximum relief of 10 kgs. Similarly, in Third AC coach a passenger can carry 40 Kgs baggage with him for free with a maximum relief of 10 Kgs.
Besides, those travelling via a Sleeper coach would be allowed to carry 40 Kgs of luggage and the ones boarding the General coach will be limited to 35 Kgs. Both these classes carry a relief of 10 Kgs.
A senior Railways official said on Tuesday that if any of the passengers is found carrying luggage beyond the permissible limit, he will be levied a fine which will be six times the parcel charge or a minimum amount of Rs 50.