Platform tickets sales at Ahmedabad railway station has been suspended for the rest of the festive season. The decision was taken by the Ahmedabad Division of Western Railway (WR) following a recent incident at Surat railway station where overcrowding led to a death.
A man lost his life to cardiac arrest and two more people had to be hospitalised due to overcrowding at the station following the heavy rush of migrants heading home for Diwali and Chhath festivals.
Makeshift signs were hastily put up at the ticket counter in the main building of the Ahmedabad railway station at Kalupur to stave off crowds at the station. The last time the sales of platform tickets were suspended was during the Covid-19 pandemic.
An RPF official said, “Platform ticket sales have been stopped for the time being and additional security has been deployed at the railway station. We have also turned one exit route into an ‘only entry’ and placed the exit afar from entry to avoid overcrowding. We are also making sure there are proper queues to avoid any mishaps.”
It has also been reported that train schedules have been staggered, and the trains dispersed between different platforms to make maximum use of space and evenly distribute the passengers. The strategy is designed to avoid overcrowding at any single location within the station.