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Netizens are reacting to the IRCTC’s new baggage rules

There is now a charge for carrying extra baggage on trains, just like air travel, and in cases where someone is caught with excess baggage without a booking, they will have to pay six times the standard fare.

How much luggage can be transported free of charge?

If a passenger is traveling in AC First Class, they can take up to 70 kg free of charge, and for AC 2 tier the limit is 50 kg. Meanwhile, AC 3-tier sleeper, AC chair and sleeper class are allowed to carry luggage up to 40 kg, and for 2-class the limit has been set at 25 kg. Additionally, the minimum baggage charge is set at £30, Mint reported.

How to book your luggage for the IRCTC

Baggage traveling on the same train as the owner must be presented at the baggage counter of the booking station at least half an hour before the departure time. Also, passengers can book their luggage in advance while booking their tickets.

“Baggage that is not securely packaged will not be accepted for booking and carriage unless the sender or their authorized representative creates a forwarding slip noting such defects or improper packaging,” the statement said.

Penalty for carrying unbooked baggage

From now on, people will be fined if they carry unbooked luggage on the train, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) confirmed. If a passenger is encountered on the route or at the destination with partially booked or unbooked baggage that exceeds the free baggage allowance, according to official notification, 6 times the baggage scale for the unbooked overweight rate- instead of 6-fold scale -R as before.

reaction to this step!

As soon as the move was made public, the decision received mixed reactions on social media, with netizens expressing their thoughts on the new aircraft-like baggage handling system.

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