The Western Railway zone has earned an amount of Rs 116.86 crore from ticketless travellers. The amount has been collected from passengers in the last eleven months.
Crackdown on ticketless travellers! Indian Railways earns big sum with fine collected from ticketless travellers! Recently, the Western Railway zone of the national transporter said that it has earned an amount of Rs 116.86 crore from ticketless travellers. The amount has been collected from passengers in the last eleven months, according to a PTI report. In a statement issued by the Western Railway, it has been stated that between April 2018 and February 2019, the zone had detected as many as 25.17 lakh cases of ticketless or irregular travel, including cases of unbooked luggage. The statement further added that the cases were registered during the regular checks conducted by 2,363 ticket checking staffers of Indian Railways.
According to the statement by Western Railway, this time the recovery is 17.67 per cent more as compared to last year’s corresponding period. Last year, during the same period, the zone recovered an amount of Rs 99.30 crore in the form of penalties. Ravinder Bhakar, chief spokesperson of the Western Railway zone was quoted in the report saying that there is a judicious deployment of ticket-checking staffers. He said that the ticket checkers are deputed by railways in local trains as well as Mail or Express trains, while some of them are deployed on stationary duty on railway platforms. These ticket-checking staffers are classified as mobile force and stationary force respectively, Bhakar further informed. He added that during the festive season, ticket checking activities in Indian Railways get intensified.
The spokesperson also said that if a passenger fails to pay the penalty on the spot, he or she is produced before the magistrate and is further prosecuted under the sections of 137 and 138 of the Railways Act, 1989. The Western Railway zone consists of six sub-divisions namely, Mumbai, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Ratlam and Bhavnagar.
Last year, in December it was reported that the Central Railway zone collected an amount of Rs 125 crore from errant passengers. The sum was earned between the month of April and November 2018.