Indian Railway: In the festive season, the number of passengers traveling in trains without tickets has increased and the Railways is showing strictness and collecting record fines. On the one hand, just before Holi, Northern Railway has caught a large number of ticketless passengers during the checking drive.
Over Rs 51 crore recovered in East Central Railway
Mumbai Division collects biggest ever fine
Earlier, according to the Central Railway, a fine of Rs 100 crore was collected from passengers traveling without tickets in Mumbai division from April 2022 to February 2023. This is the highest and a new record compared to any division of the Railways. During this fine was collected from 18 lakh ticketless passengers. The Mumbai division of the Central Railway has 77 railway stations and 1,200 traveling ticket examiners (TTs). They are tasked with searching for ticketless passengers on trains.
Rs 100 crore includes ticketless AC passengers
On the occasion of Holi in Agra, railways collected fine amount
North Central Railway launched a special campaign in Tajnagari Agra due to Holi. During this, 2266 people traveling without tickets were caught. A fine of Rs 13 lakh 74 thousand 290 was collected from 2266 ticketless passengers. And a fine of Rs 1540 was imposed on a passenger for carrying unbooked luggage.
The number of people traveling without tickets increased in the last one year
Despite repeated appeals by the authorities not to travel without tickets, the good collection has picked up in the last one year. According to railway officials, the aim is never to increase fines but to make travel convenient for passengers. Due to the presence of ticketless passengers, even those who buy tickets have to face many problems during the journey. According to a TTE, the gesture of the passenger shows that something is wrong. In addition, Anubhav also helps TTEs to identify ticketless passengers.
What are the rules for traveling without a railway ticket
According to the railway rules, if caught traveling without a ticket, the passenger is fined under section 138 of the Railway Act. If passengers are found traveling without a ticket in the train, then you can be charged fare in two ways. Firstly, the fare for the distance traveled by the passenger or the fare from the starting station of the train to the place where the passenger was caught should be charged and an additional Rs 250 should be added to it. The second way is to charge the normal fare of the train. Whichever is higher will be charged from the passenger.
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