New Delhi ,
Indian Railways, often referred to as the lifeline of the country, is a popular mode of transportation among Indians. However, with popularity comes certain rules and regulations that passengers are expected to follow. Failure to adhere to these rules can result in fines or even punishment. One such area that is governed by rules is carrying liquor on the train. In this article, we will discuss the rules for carrying liquor on Indian Railways.
The rules for carrying liquor on the train vary depending on which state you are traveling in. The constitution of India grants each state the freedom to make its own rules regarding alcohol, and many states have chosen to impose their own restrictions. In some states, the consumption of alcohol and all related activities are prohibited.
Prohibition on Carrying Liquor
According to Deepak Kumar, the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Northern Railway, carrying liquor on the train is completely prohibited. Liquor cannot be transported from one state to another via any mode of transport, including trains, metros, or buses. If a passenger is found carrying liquor on the train, strict action will be taken against them by the Railways.
Penalties and Fines
Under Section 165 of the Indian Railway Act 1989, action will be taken against passengers found carrying liquor on the train. In addition, if a passenger is found carrying any other prohibited item, they may be fined Rs 500. If the prohibited item causes any kind of damage, the passenger will also be held responsible for compensating for it.
Total Prohibition in Bihar and Gujarat
Bihar and Gujarat are the only states in India where total prohibition is enforced. Anyone caught with liquor in these states can face severe consequences. Even if the bottle of liquor is found to be open, the Railways can impose a fine. If a train is traveling from one state to another, carrying liquor may also be considered tax evasion, and the culprit will be handed over to the Government Railway Police (GRP), who will take further action as per state Excise Department rules.
In conclusion, Indian Railways has strict rules governing the carrying of liquor on trains. It is important for passengers to be aware of these rules and comply with them to avoid any fines or legal action. Remember, responsible drinking is key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable train journey.