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Tiruchirapalli Railway Division raises platform ticket price to Rs 20

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The Tiruchirapalli Railway Division of the Southern Railway has doubled platform ticket price from Rs 10 to Rs 20 on a trial basis.

This has been done to "regulate unauthorised entry" to railway stations during the annual Velankanni festival when there is a huge rush.
The hike will be effective from August 1 at Tiruchirapalli Railway Junction Station. At Velankanni, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Kumbakonam and Thanjavur stations, the hike will be effective from August 15. The hike will be effective till September 30 at Tiruchirapalli Railway Junction Station while it will be effective till September 15 at the other stations.
An official release stated that the move would help "decongest and prevent unauthorised entry to the stations and also help provide better services and safety to the passengers."

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