The Supreme Court has shown a tough stand on the delay of trains.The court said that the Railways cannot escape the responsibility of being late.Railways should be ready to pay compensation if any passenger is harmed by it.The court ordered the railways to pay a compensation of Rs 30,000 to a passenger in a train delay case.
A bench of Justices MR Shah and Aniruddha Bose said that the Railways cannot shirk its responsibility for the delay in trains.The bench said that if the railways fail to explain the reason for the delay, it will have to pay compensation to the passengers.The Supreme Court said that the time of passengers is valuable and someone has to be held accountable for delays in trains.
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A person named Sanjay Shukla along with his family was traveling by Ajmer-Jammu Express on 11 June 2016.The train was to reach Jammu at 8.10 am but it reached its destination at 12.30 am.Due to this the Shukla family missed the flight.He was to go from Jammu to Srinagar by flight at 12 noon.The family had to travel from Jammu to Srinagar by taxi.For this he had to pay Rs 15,000.Also, he had to pay Rs 10,000 for lodging.The consumer forum of Alwar district ordered North Western Railway to pay a compensation of Rs 30,000 to Shukla.
National Forum also upheld the decision
The State and National Forum also upheld the decision.Railways again challenged this in the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court also upheld the decision of the District, State and National Forums.Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati in her plea said that as per Rule 114 and 115 of Railway Conference Association Coaching Tariff No. 26 Part-I, there is no responsibility of the Railways to pay compensation for delay in trains.But the court did not accept his argument.