Inflation is catching up and you better be on your best behaviour, at least on board a Metro.
Travelling drunk, using abusive language or causing discomfort to fellow passengers will soon invite a fine of Rs 2,000 — a steep hike from current Rs 500.
Arguing that the fines, fixed 10 years ago, were too low to act as a deterrent, the urban development ministry has decided to amend the Metro Railways (Operations and Maintenance) Act, 2002, to enhance the penalties. “The ministry is in the process of finalising the amendments,” an official said.The fines vary between Rs 50 and Rs 5,000. Once the cabinet approves the changes, Rs 100 will be the minimum fine and Rs 20,000 the highest. These will be applicable in the cities that have or will soon have Metro service.
Ticketless travellers will have to pay three times the fare or R100 - whichever is the highest. The penalty will be the same for overshooting destination.
The ministry wants states to allow Metro officials to collect fines on the spot. At present, the fines are collected by police.
Defacing Metro property will cost Rs 2,000. For endangering passenger safety, a violator will pay Rs 10,000 or spend two years in jail.
If a Metro official is found putting passengers at risk, the fine will be Rs 20,000 or five years in jail.