The Indian Railways has determined to cease promoting platform tickets at Maharashtra’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kalyan, Thane, Dadar, Panvel and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from Friday. The transfer comes within the wake of rising circumstances of coronavirus illness (Covid-19) in Maharashtra, with the state reaching close to the 60,000 mark prior to now week. 

“Sale of platform tickets have been stopped with immediate effect from today at the following stations —Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kalyan, Thane, Dadar, Panvel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO), Central Railway, told news agency ANI.

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Rubbishing rumours of overcrowding at railway stations, the CPRO said, “Some previous movies exhibiting giant crowds at numerous stations are making rounds on social media. Some studies additionally falsely point out that there’s a mass motion of individuals. We attraction to everybody to keep away from sharing such movies. People are requested to not imagine in such rumours,” the official said,

Last month, the Central Railway hiked the price of platform tickets at some key stations under the Nagpur and Bhusawal divisionsin order to discourage citizens from overcrowding the platform. “The platform tickets are priced at Rs50 at Nagpur station and Rs30 at Betul, Chandrapur, Balharshah and Wardha station in Nagpur division,” an official said. 

Prices of platform tickets at Nashik Road, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Badnera, Madgaon, Shegaon, Akola, Amravati and Khandwa stations in Bhusawal division had already been raised from 10 to 50 earlier than final month’s hike. This is a commonplace apply for a few years and is used as a short-term measure for crowd management.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has imposed new Covid-19 restrictions as a part of which a weekend lockdown and evening curfew in the course of the weekdays from Monday to April 30 has been introduced. Non-essential outlets may even stay closed until April 30 along with a slew of different restrictions just like the closure of personal places of work, theatres and salons. 

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