New Delhi: As Diwali is approaching, people are going through horrible time in getting railway tickets. It is rather proving to be a herculean task to fetch a ticket to get to the home town during the festive season. However, it is the brokers who are taking undue advantage of the situation and seems to have been minting money by selling the tickets way above the actual fare.
The passengers are baffled by the Indian Railways which has failed to make proper arrangement for them. People are left to the mercy of the brokers.
On the other hand, the national capital is struggling with huge traffic jam as the people in big numbers are going out to shop for Diwali.
Frustrated to get a railway ticket to Patna, Subodh Jha along with his family needs to go home. Despite so many attempts, he failed to buy confirmed tickets. Jha says that he has already contacted many taunts who are demanding Rs 1500 for a ticket worth Rs 355.
Delhi University student Priya is also going through the same agony. She along with her three friends has to go to Bihar. Priya is not able to get even a waiting ticket. Taunts are demanding Rs 1200 for a ticket worth Rs 400 from her. Agitating situation forced her to drop the plan of visiting home on the eve of Diwali.
The ruckus over railways tickets persists for the last ten days. Other passenger Rajesh had to pay Rs 1,200 for a 3rd AC ticket to Kanpur a week ago.
According to sources, taunts are demanding any unreasonable amount for a ticket on Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Guwahati routes. Over a thousand of taunts are said to be active in Delhi-NCR area. Our correspondent has found that situation is almost same for the special trains as well. All the passengers are not aware of the option of special trains and those who know have no other option but to buy tickets from taunts only.
According to a railway official, the situation has exacerbated because of the lesser number of trains in comparison to the passengers’ demand. He says that there is nothing new in the current situation, this kind of situation always arises in the festive season. To keep check on the activities of taunts, identity card will be made mandatory from next month for passengers of sleeper class as well. Through this measure, the taunts won’t be able to book tickets on fake names in advance.
Whereas, a lots of people who went to shop for Diwali are stuck in horrible traffic jams across Delhi-NCR. Roads around Anand Vihar Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station, Sarai Rohilla, Shahdara, Nizamuddin, Ashram and Ghaziabad Railway Station are witnessing massive traffic jams.