Indian Railways forgets to wake up passenger, forum imposes Rs 5000 fine

The redressal forum presided by Virendra S Patidar also asked the railways to pay Rs 2,000 as litigation costs to the complainant.

The Betul district consumer dispute redressal forum has directed the central railway to pay Rs 5,000 for not alerting a passenger who had registered for the wake-up call service. The forum presided by Virendra S Patidar also asked it to pay Rs. 2,000 as litigation costs to Girish Garg, who is an advocate by profession.

The incident took place on June 13, 2015 when Advocate Garg had boarded Coimbatore-Jaipur Superfast Express (12969) from Betul station around 2.05 PM. “I contacted customer care of the railways on number 139 and requested them to wake me up before I reach my destination Kota at 1.40 AM the next day,” said Advocate Garg, according to a PTI report.

“The customer care executive registered my request and assured to wake me up. But no one came to wake me,” he said.

“Luckily, at the eleventh hour, I woke up on my own and in a hurry alighted from the train at Kota station,” he added. “After this, I approached the consumer forum seeking Rs 20,000 from the railways for the mental harassment caused to me,” Advocate Garg said.

The railways in its submission contended that their customer care does not guarantee that passengers would be woken up.

Advocate Garg said the consumer forum on April 26 asked the chief manager of central railway to pay Rs 5,000 to him within a month.

(With PTI inputs)