GUWAHATI, Sept 25: As a result of intensive drive against ticketless travelling, 59,463 cases of irregular ticket passengers were detected in the month of August, this year. Notably, 28,427 cases were detected during the corresponding period in 2017 which shows a steep rise. Eventually, an amount of Rs 4.18 crores was also realized as penalty. As such, an increase of about 150 % has been recorded in earning as penalty from ticket less travellers.
During the period from April to August, this year, as many as 3,39,906 numbers of passengers were detected to be travelling either without ticket or with irregular tickets in trains against 275173 nos detected cases during the corresponding period of last year.
Moreover, an amount of Rs. 23.42 crore was also realized as penalty during April to August this year as compared to Rs. 17.45 crs during the corresponding period of last year.
It is also to be noted that, in terms of numbers of cases detected NF Railway has shown an increase of 34.22% over the last year achievement as against the Indian Railways growth of 16.34%. This is the highest amongst all Zonal Railways.
Notably, to discourage ticketless travelling, NFR has also put systems in place whereby surprise ticket checking drive is conducted by Flying Ticket Checking Squads of Divisions as well as HQs. Fortress checks are also conducted in stations. For this, officers are nominated at HQ and Divisional levels from different department who are accompanied by security personal from Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP), a communiqué said.