GUWAHATI: Often Passengers intending to travel for short distance with unreserved ticket board onto reserved compartments of mail/express trains causing inconvenience to bona-fide travelers and loss of revenue for railways. To address this issue, Lumding Division had recently adopted a new strategy to detect and discourage travelers with improper tickets. In a synchronized operation, 39 Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) were deployed in different trains running between Lumding – Guwahati, Lumding – Furkating and Lumding – Badarpur – Agartala sections on April 28, 2019. At the same time Ticket Collectors at all stations were also activated. This resulted in detection of 1116 cases of people travelling with the improper ticket or without ticket. From these people a record amount of Rs 7, 41,167 were realized.
In this operation, three groups of TTEs based in Guwahati, one group based in Lumding and one group based in Badarpur were activated simultaneously to cover the maximum number of trains. As a result many passengers with short-distance unreserved ticket travelling in reserved coaches were caught and penalized.
Such drives are expected to discourage ticketless travel, thereby reducing the inconvenience to passenger travelling in reserved coaches, especially in Sleeper classes, and enable them to travel comfortably. With the success of the strategy, it is now being decided to extend it to other divisions as well.
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