The Indian railways are the largest and the busiest railway network of the world. Since the time prior to the independence of the country it has been serving the country and its people. It employs about millions of employees. Every day it transports about 18 million passengers and about 2 million tons of freight. It is also known to be the world’s largest commercial or utility employer. Founded in the year 1853, at present it is controlled by the Ministry of Railways and the Government of India.
The Indian Railways provides different facilities for the convenience of the passengers. From carrying of luggage to fast booking of tickets, from booking a special train, to reserving a particular carriage. The services provided by the IR or the Indian Railway are vast. The Indian Railways allow carrying of luggage in two ways. It allows free carrying of luggage with the passengers in the compartment. If the luggage exceeds the margin of free allowances the passenger will have to pay the normal rate charges. If the marginal allowance also exceeds, the passenger will have to pay the calculated penalty. Sometimes the luggage may get stolen while travelling from one place to another then the passenger can lodge an FIR at the police station or at the RPF assistant posts.
The luggages allowed to carry in the carriages vary from one class of travel to another. If the quantity exceeds the margin then the passenger will have to book in advance and transport the luggage in the brake van. If the value of the luggage booked is not declared previously by the consignor or if the charges are not paid the Railway authority will pay the monetary liability which is limited to Rs 100/- per kg.
If the consignor has declared the value and has paid the percentage charges the person will be entitled to get the claimed amount which will be equal to the value of the luggage declared at the time of booking. The procedure of paying the payment percentage should be enquired from the Luggage Booking Office.