During my recent trip to railway station of lahore to drop some relatives off I noticed a very strange change. Platform ticket was for the people (who were not there for traveling purpose) to visit platform mainly to pick and drop their relatives. The ticket introduced a lot of ease as in Pakistan many senior citizens and common people dont know how to find the right platform, reach that platform (as its a big station) and board the train. As the station is huge so there are a lot stairs as well and many ladies eventhough not with too much luggage have trouble reaching platform. Keeping all this in mind its strange to see such stupid decision being made and implemented. One could argue that it might have been done for security reasons and to stop unrelated people from reaching platform but then for what all those security gates are for? The platform ticket was also a profitable thing as many people would buy them (eventhough not everyone). May be it was done to stop ripping common people off but that seems highly unlikely because now you can't enter the gates without having a proper ticket (buying that just to visit platform would be plain stupid). On inquiring from railway staff their behaviour was rude and they simply said "Nahi ja saktay bus".
Trains are being stopped and stupid decisions are being made all in the name of making railway profitable.
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
Since: July 2008
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