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Passengers on the Mumbai - Ahmedabad Tejas Express will soon be fined for going over the luggage limit

IRCTC’s rules stipulate that an Executive Chair Car on the Tejas Express offers up to 70 kgs of luggage to each passenger.

Passengers on the Mumbai - Ahmedabad Tejas Express will soon be fined for going over the luggage limit
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Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has multiple ambitious projects across its railway network. One of its newest ventures is the Tejas Express that runs between Mumbai and Ahmedabad with an average of 950 passengers per day. IRCTC has now mentioned that users will have to prepare to pay fines if the weight of their luggage exceeds the permitted limit.

IRCTC’s rules stipulate that an Executive Chair Car on the Tejas Express offers up to 70 kgs of luggage to each passenger. But those who travel by Chair Car only get up to 40 kgs of luggage. Kids between the ages of 5 and 12 years get half of the standard complimentary luggage allowance as long as it doesn’t exceed 50 kgs.

“We will charge passengers if the luggage is found in excess of weight or if it is not in keeping with prescribed dimensions. A charge of Rs 109 will be levied per passenger,” an IRCTC official said.

Officials added that these new luggage rules are necessary to make sure all the passengers can get off the train before the doors are shut while also ensuring that every traveller gets to store their luggage effectively. An IRCTC official added that these rules will be strictly enforced prior to summer this year.

While IRCTC would ideally want to enforce similar penalties on other long-distance routes, the agency cites a lack of manpower as well as equipment like weighing scales to effectively follow the rules. But since Tejas Express has a dedicated fleet of staff to cater to the passengers, weight regulations can be monitored accordingly on the train.

Tejas Express began operations on the 17th of January this year, so it’s still relatively new to the scene. It’s an ambitious project that connects thousands to Mumbai and Ahmedabad. 

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However, things may be slightly complicated for the Central Government’s proposed Mumbai - Ahmedabad bullet train project. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray recently mentioned that it’s important to “prove how useful it is” before going ahead with the project while also saying that it could involve taking lands away from farmers of the state.

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