Saturday, December 23, 2006

Steps to receive your bike from Railways.

Are you planning to move to another town with your bike? or Are you in another town and planning to get your bike by Railway's Luggage and Parcel service. This blog is meant for you!

Today morning I got my bike- At LAST!

I am sorry as I wasn't the person to book the bike in Indian Railways..(Thank God!). But I went to receive it.This was how I got my bike:

I took a platform ticket and went to the luggage room. There a person took my receipt and searched for the bike. Not found. We both went to search my bike on the platform. After searching 2 platforms we finally found my bike at a place very near to where people commit nuisance. Hopefully it was packed nicely.

The person who accompanied me stood by the side and said "Give me my share here itself". "Chai" "Pani" are the most commonly used words. He asked for 50 bucks. I gave him 30 and said that even I could take my own bike from here. He agreed and we went to the luggage room from platform 5 to platform 1.

At the luggage room, they made a gate pass for me and another person accompanied me from luggage room to the road. I had to pay him another 30 bucks for just taking my bike out.
This person shook my bike and said "There's a lot of petrol in here!"

I was shocked. When the bike was ported the tank was empty. How on earth can petrol go inside?!

We went ahead and there was a checking counter. Another man accompanied me. He said, I will take your bike outside. Just give me my "Chai" , "Pani" later. I agreed...

I left the gate pass with the gatekeeper and he took me to a higher official. On the way he said "There's a lot of petrol in the bike". I said "I never filled it".

Higher officer came in and said "Open the tank". I did. He shook and said "There is a lot of petrol. More than 1 litre".

I said "But I never put the petrol in it. I can even show the receipt where it says the tank was empty when it was loaded on the train".

He said : "So you think the railway will put petrol in it?" "Look sir, I have to fine you. I don't leave people out of this checkpoint. " " Go to the court and pay 1000 bucks". And he went to bring the fine receipt book.

The 3rd man who accompanied me took me aside and said "Look sir, don't argue with him. Just give me 200 bucks and I will make things work for you. Don't talk to him directly. I will make things OK for you." "Sir, these people will cut the receipt if you argue with them"

I gave him 200 bucks and then he went to talk to "Higher Officer". Suddenly he came back. For a second I felt that the officer didn't agree. He came to me and said "Boss, Give me 50 bucks more". I gave it immediately. He went and gave it to the Officer and took my bike outside.

After going outside he said "Come quickly, come quickly! See I saved so much money of yours. Now give me mine and I will leave. Give me 100.

I said "100 is too high. I will give 50." and I took out 50 rs note and handed him.

He hesitated to such an extent that I had to take out another 20.

This is what actually happened:

Rule says: When your bike comes, it shouldn't contain a drop of petrol. Fine for defaulters is 1000 bucks.

Railway ensures this by: During time time of acceptance, the officials check for the petrol tank is empty or not. The receipt handed over has it documented as "Petrol Tank EMPTY".

When the bike is in railway's custody. They somehow back force petrol inside the tank. The can even do that in the train(who knows!).

There is high amount of understanding between the railway and transport department regarding this. The transport authority or rather say "Higher Officer" never checked for any of my bike's documents. Neither the registration, nor the NOC.

Question which would amaze anyone at first time:
How did the petrol go in there while at the time of booking one empties it and the OFFICERS assures it by documenting it as "Petrol Tank EMPTY".

However I am amazed at: I had my bike's keys, Still how did they manage to put the petrol in the tank? May be some day I would get to know this .... I am still in search for enlightenment....

So for all those who are bringing their bikes from their home town should do this :
While you're in search for the bike. Instead of paying the man just 30 or 50, give him straight 200 bucks and tell him to take out all the petrol anyhow. This way you will save 200 bucks.

If anyone has any other bright ideas, please do comment to reduce the cost...


tarun said...

Use a private courier/transporter to ship your bike and not Indian Railways.

Cool Deepz said...

What Tarun said is a better option, but that will cost you a lot more that IR.
Will corruption ever see the better of Indian people?

Nikhil said...

As usual experience at railway station. It 's better that to send ur bike by private transport. This option I find better than the railway. I kad send and receive bikes by both the ways..

bishwajeet said...

transfering or recieving bike from indian railways always being a problem i have also faced in past and i want to aware u people about that.i have to sell my elder brother bike to jaopur from railway, first of all i give 150 for packing it then igive 50 rs to take out petrol to a person who awre me for that, then isold three litres of petrol for just rs 60rs to that person and at last the person who took my bike nto the cargo take 50 rs from me for that and at last hwn i was going to register it they said all the trains are stopped due to gujjars(community strike) last i drive myself the bike and reached jaipur within 4 hrs.

jaymin said...

well Buddy i understand how you manage to get out of such claws of this corrupted people, But from next time i would like to suggest you that plse dont pay a single penny to anyone and try to harres those people as much as possible. i am doing same thing and now at some offices many officers know me by my name. it doesnt matter it is of one time of many.

Plse reduce corruption from india.

vikky said...

what jaym said is right.
1.i wish you all to do things in advance so that you wont find any nonsense like this.
2.fight for our rights. as your ticket says bike is empty at the time of booking its empty so it is certified by officials its you should have fight on this clause. you said its all drama played by that station goods office.
4. as said i never pay any bribe if my things are perfect. and i have paid when i am in hurry that's my mistake.
5. we may think our bike or goods will be damaged after fighting with railway fellow till we receive it into our hands. but don't forget that our bike is insure at the time of booking.
so please fight for our rights for that plan in advance.
as i have taken my driving licence on my own by spending 250 Rs instead of paying 750 or1000 bugs to a mediator. when i was receiving i cont say how my happiness is.Make our India better by avoiding bribes. never hesitate to get into mud to clean it.good luck all.
Dare to Dream

arun chaudhary said...

well said Jaymin and Vikky. i Really appriciate your views and feel proud to be have citizens like you.