GUWAHATI, May 10: In order to facilitate genuine passengers and to curb the menace of ticketless travel, ticket checking drive had been intensified by the NFR. As a result 59,124 cases of without ticket / irregular ticket passenger were detected in the month of April this year as against 50,079 such cases detected during the corresponding period of last year. An amount of Rs 4.08 crore was also realised from without ticket / irregular ticket passengers as fine in April this year as compared to Rs 3.32 crore last year. The increase in earnings is about 22.89 % and the increase in number of cases detected is about 18.06 % in comparison to same period of last year. This has been stated in an NFR press release.
It may be mentioned here that, NF Railway officials have been conducting surprise ticket checking drive in Mail Express and passenger trains to ensure eradication of ticketless travel and also to provide comfortable journey to genuine passengers. As per section 137 of the Indian Railway Act of 1989, travelling without ticket, improper ticket or un-booked luggage is an offence punishable by imprisonment or fine or both, the release stated.
To discourage ticketless travelling, NF Railway 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 HQs and Divisional levels from different department who are accompanied by security personal from Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police, the release added.