Over Rs 15 crore penalty collected by Northern Railway as 7 lakh travel without tickets
New Delhi: The Delhi division of the Northern Railway collected over Rs 15 crore as penalty from over 7 lakh passengers travelling ticketless in the first six months-April to September-of this fiscal. Officials said the collection is 48.5% higher than last year.
In the corresponding period in 2014, over 5 lakh passengers were caught ticketless and the penalties amounted to Rs 10.4 crore. A team of train ticket examiners and officials from Railway Protection Force conducted the checks on stations and in trains.
“Our drive against ticketless travel has shown drastic results. We are analysing the drop in passenger traffic in unreserved segment and have identified few stations and sections where the drive was intensified through fortress checks, bus raids and magistrate checks,” said Arun Arora, divisional railway manager, Delhi division, Northern Railway.
Officials said this year, in September alone, 3,019 checks were conducted. There were 98,000 cases of ticketless travellers and penalties of Rs 2.32 crore were realized. A total of 732 passengers were prosecuted during nine magisterial checks or bus raids conducted at Gurgaon, Nangloi, Delhi Shahdara, Delhi, Faridabad and Section 156 stations.
The official added that 14 touts were prosecuted under Section 143, 936 vendors under Section 144, 298 persons under Section 156 for roof riding, 1,095 persons under Section 162 for travelling in women’s compartment and 1,238 persons were prosecuted under Section 167 for smoking inside trains or on station premises in September.
Arora said the highest number of such offenders was registered during May and June. “In May, 1.33 lakh passengers were caught travelling ticketless and about Rs 2.8 crore were collected as penalties from them. Similarly in June, 1.35 lakh passengers were penalised and the money collected amounted to 2.95 crore,” he said.
Source: Economics Times