Railways' Response Goes Viral After Video of Overcrowded Vande Bharat with Ticketless Passengers Circulates Online

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Indian Railways continues to be a favored transportation mode for many travelers, whether for short or long journeys. The responsibility of ensuring passenger comfort and convenience lies heavily on the shoulders of Indian Railways. However, a recent viral video on social media highlights significant issues within the Vande Bharat Express.

A screengrab of the viral video showing the overcrowded Vande Bharat e1718178000684

overcrowd Vande Bharat train

overcrowd Vande Bharat train

Viral Video Of Vande Bharat Sparks Concerns and Swift Response from DRM

The video, shared by @architnagar on X (formerly Twitter), shows unauthorized passengers crowded inside a coach of the Vande Bharat Express, leading to chaotic scenes exacerbated by the summer heat. Archit Nagar’s live broadcast on X brought widespread attention to the situation. The Vande Bharat Express, known for its high-speed technology and aerodynamic design, typically offers a swift travel option with speeds up to 180 km/hr, reducing travel time between major Indian cities.

Such incidents of unauthorized boarding are deeply troubling and unacceptable, tarnishing the reputation of this advanced train and emphasizing the need for stringent security measures to protect all passengers’ safety and comfort.

DRM’s Detailed Response to the Incident

In response to the viral video, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) clarified the incident’s details. According to the Train Ticket Examiner’s (TTE) report, the event occurred on June 9, 2024, at the Lucknow Junction (LJN) station. Unauthorized passengers boarded the train but were quickly identified, and immediate action was taken to enforce railway regulations. Coordinating with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP), these passengers were escorted off the train to uphold service integrity and passenger safety.

The DRM emphasized the commitment to ensuring a secure and seamless travel experience on the Vande Bharat train. Such incidents are unacceptable as they disrespect paying passengers and disrupt their peace. Everyone deserves a safe and comfortable journey for which they have paid.

Northern Railway’s Official Response

The official X account of Northern Railway addressed the viral video, stating it was an old clip. They clarified,

“This is an old video of an incident where some farmers forcibly boarded the train but were later deboarded.”

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