Pune: Pune which is the epicentre of the novel coronavirus is witnessing a continuous rise in COVID-19 cases. To curtail the further spread of the contagion, the Indian Railways has decided to increase the fare of platform tickets. The move initiated by Indian Railways stated that the decision can help reduce the overcrowding and help maintain social distancing. The Indian Railways clarified that the hike in the platform tickets by Pune Junction has been made to ensure social distancing.
The explanation from Indian Railways comes after senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh earlier had stated that the price of platform tickets had been vastly raised from Rs 3 in the Congress rule to Rs 50 by the BJP government.
“₹3 railway platform ticket in Congress raj has become ₹50 under BJP raj," Digvijaya Singh had tweeted, with photos of two platform tickets.
The Spokesperson for Railways, through its official Twitter handle, stated that there was nothing new in this as the Railways have been using the method to curb the further spread of COVID-19.
"The aim of increasing the price of platform ticket at Pune junction at Rs 50 is to stop those who unnecessarily venture at the railway station and social distancing can be followed. Railways have been controlling the platform ticket rates in this way right from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak," the tweet read.
Meanwhile, 1,829 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Pune district on Monday with 82 deaths, the highest ever single in a day. The death toll in the district now stands at 3,104 and total cases now over 1,27,026. Of the news cases reported on Monday, 835 cases were reported from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits followed by 681 in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) jurisdiction. Also, 228 cases were found in Pune rural followed by 85 in cantonment areas.