It is very common for people to criticise the services provided by the Indian Railways. But, most people tend to ignore the responsibilities they have towards the system. The general public has constantly ignored the rules and regulations introduced by the Indian Railways to reduce the grievances of the common people. The normal tendency is to directly blame the government and railway department in case of inconvenience.
This post will be focusing on a few rules and regulations that passengers should follow to maintain decorum in a train journey. To make the best use of this outstanding mode of transport, it is important for the public to realize how they can pitch in.
- It is necessary for passengers to carry the right ticket when they are travelling in trains. Not having a ticket simply indicates that you do not have a ticket. For travelling in the reserved class, a ticket is mandatory. The TC will be eligible of charging a fine in the case when passengers are found travelling without a ticket.
- Staying punctual and organised is crucial. Arriving at the right station and platform is your responsibility as a train passenger. You can expect a lot of ruckus in a busy railway station. It is natural for you to get confused when looking for the platform number while carrying your luggage from one place to the other. In order to find your train in time, make sure that you arrive at the station a little ahead in time to keep room for emergency situations.
- If you are a ticket holder of a sleeper or AC class, it is necessary that you keep checking your PNR status time to time, especially when your ticket hasn’t been confirmed. When the chart is ready, you can feed the PNR number online and obtain the status of your ticket right away. You will also get adjacent information regarding the berth and seat number with the help of your PNR number. Also, opt for an IRCTC train enquiry between two stations if you do not prefer waiting in the long counter queues.
- Buying tickets for children who are older than 12 years is mandatory. Only children whose ages range from 5 years to 12 years will be charged half of the ticket amount when travelling in trains.
- There may be several individuals selling train tickets in black. Do not buy them randomly from any person claiming to sell them. Use the IRCTC website when you want to purchase a ticket online. Make use of the ticket counter if you do not have an internet connection. Doing otherwise can sometimes lead to unwanted trouble.
- Do not exceed the baggage limit when travelling in trains. Each person is allowed to carry about 35 kilograms of weight when travelling in trains.
Most passengers also complain about dirty toilets in trains. It is also our responsibility as citizens to keep toilets clean after use for the next person who will be using them.
Make sure you follow these rules when you plan on taking a train the next time.