Patna: In what is being seen as the government-sponsored price gouging, the Danapur Division of the East-Central Railways on Tuesday announced its decision to raise the price of platform tickets from the existing Rs. 10 per person to Rs. 50 at a dozen railways stations under its jurisdiction.
The decision was taken to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus Virus at 12 of the busiest railway stations under the Danapur Division, Public Relations Officer Rajesh Kumar said in a memo issued on late Tuesday night.
The new price goes into effect at midnight on March 19.
Stations that are affected by this five-fold increase in the cost of platform ticket include Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal, Pataliputra, Patna Saheb, Danapur, Buxar, Bakhtiarpur, Ara, Jehanabad, Mokama, Biharsharif, and Rajgir railway stations.
All other stations under the Danapur Division will continue to charge Rs. 10 per person, Kumar said.
Critics of the new price accused the government of price gouging in the middle of a health crisis that is liable to put many travelers into serious medical jeopardy.
"Coronavirus is being used as a convenient excuse to raise the price of platform ticket at major railway stations that come under the Danapur Division of the East-Central railways. Nowhere in the announcement it says that this is a temporary price hike and will be lowered once the risk of Coronavirus fades away," said Mohammed Usman, a shop owner just outside Patna Junction who makes frequent visit to Delhi and other places to make business purchases.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS