JAIPUR: Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has decided to follow in Delhi and Bangalore Metro’s footsteps as far as passengers’ luggage is concerned. Once operational it will not allow passengers to carry heavy luggage-not more than 15 kg per individual.
A JMRC official said under the carriages and goods or luggage rules, the law states, “No person shall, while travelling in Jaipur Metro, carry with him any goods other than baggage containing personal belongings exceeding 60cm x 45cm x 25 cm in size and 15 kg in weight, except those with a prior approval from the Metro Railway administration.”
He further said Jaipur Metro too is designed on the lines of Delhi and Metro in other states. JMRC will not allow heavy luggage as passengers are likely to misuse it as luggage van. There are also security concerns in allowing heavy luggage inside the Metro.
This is sure to disappoint many local businessmen and especially people living in the Walled City as they generally carry more luggage. “There are many wholesale markets in the Walled City area and people will carry goods in large quantities. The purpose of the Metro will not be solved if luggage to some capacity is not allowed.”
Officials further said Section 32 of Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act 2002 lays down certain practices that need to be strictly followed by commuters. It is also mentioned in the Act that no person who is mentally disturbed or suffering from any infectious or contagious disease such as tuberculosis, chicken pox, measles, mumps etc will be allowed to travel in the Metro.
Other than this, any misdemeanor in Jaipur Metro has results ranging from hefty fines to life imprisonment and even capital punishment depending on the gravity of the particular offence.
In a list of offences and penalties under the Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, there are 22 such clauses, which could put you into trouble for causing offense while travelling by the Metro.
Section 74 (1) of the Act reads that culprit, who would attempt to wreck train or sabotage it or hurt passengers traveling in the Metro will be imprisoned for life or up to 10 years. As per section 74 (2) of the Act, the severity of the punishment even goes up to death penalty for causing death or bodily injury likely to cause death is mentioned.
In cases of drunk passengers creating nuisance in the train, they can be fined for Rs 500 or removed from the train. In case of travelling with offensive or explosive materials in the train, as per Section 60 of the Act, the offender can be fined the same, if found.
As per section (69), a person travelling without a proper pass or ticket or beyond authorised distance will have to pay an excess charge of Rs 50 plus ordinary fare from the station, where the train originally started from or from where the unauthorized journey is made. If one fails/ refuses to pay the same, the Metropolitan Magistrate may order it to be recovered in the form of a fine and order imprisonment up to one month in default of payment.