GUWAHATI, May 30: To curb ticketless travel and to facilitate hassle free travel by genuine passengers, NF Railway has been carrying out relentless drive against ticketless travelling. Around 7.13 lakhs passengers travelling without tickets were detected by the NF Railway against previous year’s detection of 5.75 lakhs of such passenger. This is approximately 24% higher in regard to number of cases detected in comparison to previous financial year. This increase is despite suspensions and cancellations of train services of Mail/Express and Passenger trains during the month of August and September, 2017 due to breaches and floods over NF Railway leading to almost 4.47 million less travel of passenger.
NF Railway authority has also realized an amount of Rs 46.17 crore from ticketless travelers as penalty during last financial year in comparison to Rs 39.12 crore realized during previous year. This is about 18.04% (approx) higher in regard to earnings in comparison to last year. This is the highest ever penalty realization by N.F. Railway since formation of this Zone in 1959.
During a special drive against the menace of ticketless travel on May 29, 55 passengers without ticket were detected at Silchar railway station. The special drive was conducted by the NF Railway Vigilance Department jointly with Security and Commercial departments. During special checking an amount of Rs. 17,120.00 was realized as fine from the detected without ticket passenger. In addition to this an amount of Rs. 12,765.00 was also realized from passenger with un-booked luggage, spitting and littering in railway premises.
To discourage ticketless travelling, NF Railway has put systems in place whereby surprise ticket checking drive is conducted by Flying Ticket Checking Squads of Divisions as well as HQ. 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 and Govt Railway Police.